At Shen Yi we offer regular Chen taiji quan classes where we explain the martial purpose of the movements even if you are not looking to learn selfdefense because it makes it easier to do the move wright and you will learn faster.
Our SEPARATE SANSHOU CLASSES FOCUS ON THE FIGHTING ASPECT of CHEN TAIJI QUAN to practice the martial applictions using protective gear.The techniques make use of good skeletal structure to have a maximum of power with a minimum of force, like a pencil that an easily be snapped when bending it but is imposible to compress when it is straight.
Chen Tai Ji Quan is a fighting art that uses the four categories of techniques that characterise any authentic style of Gong Fu:
- Ti kicking and other leg techniques
- Da punching
- Shuai throwing, takedowns
- Na joint locks, grabbing
Taiji quan prefers to fights at short and medium distance using throwing and locking. The use of locks, choking, grabbing,...etc is referred to as "Qin Na"
For its striking it uses low, hidden kicks, fists and palms for long distance, elbows and knees at medium and shoulder and hip strikes for short range.
The choice of technique adapts itself to the situation acoording to Daoist theories of constant change.We do not use secret techniques but use the human body in a way that maximize its strenghts to attack its inherent weaknesses. If you understand this it will be easy to know when you do something right or wrong because one way you will not be able to resist a force while the other way it is effortless.
"Tuishou" o Push hands is a traditional method of Taiji that has 2 people with their arms (and legs) in contact doing the actions of twining and sticking to develop sensitivity, body awareness and balance. Here the moviments connect to their martial usage and one learns how small forces can overcome big muscular strength. Gradually one moves from fixed exercises towards free practice where joint locks and takedowns are allowed.
Some examples of techniques that can be used in this television show featuring Wang ZhanJun, Son of Wang Xi An.
This old video shows evolution from fixed patterns of tuishou (pushhands), and applications towards (choregraphed) fighting. (or maybe it's just another old skool breakdance battle by red and blue BBoys)
Here are some examples of use of one of the 4 categories of techniques in free pushhands focusing on SHUAI. Text is in spanish, hopefully we'll put up an English version soon and if not: start learning Spanish!