Here is a short clip showing the late master Cheng Tin Hung in 1986 demonstrating ‘Step Back and Repulse Monkey’. I’ve been practicing this technique, left and right side, and wasn’t aware until now there are two more applications – against a reverse punch. That’s a total of four applications for ‘Step Back and Repulse […]
Tai Chi has two basic breathing methods – abdominal and reverse breathing. When I teach abdominal breathing in my various presentations and student Tai Chi workshops, I usually get someone who ends up doing the more advanced reverse breathing method instead. I don’t know why some people do this as the explanation and demonstration is […]
In Tai Chi language ‘rooting’ is the ability to connect yourself to the earth. It’s an important skill to develop for two reasons; develop proper structural alignment and stance to redirect someone’s force against you Let’s look at the redirection aspect. Practicing with a partner is ideal but if this is not possible then a […]
When practising fajin make sure your body( including your shoulders, arms and hands) is completely relaxed until impact.
The key to effective self defence is developing ‘presence’ which can be achieved by correct posture and breathing.