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Article - Tracing the Origins of Baji Quan

Added 03-Sep-2006


Baji Quan is a well known style in Northern China, but there are still many disagreements over its precise origins, not least whether it is a Daoist or a Shaolin Buddhist style. The article and videos in this issue tries to resolve these arguments by taking a closer look at the patterns of this style and the events in China at the time it was created.


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Article - 10 Animals Xing Yi

Added 06-Aug-2006


August 2006's Silver issue focuses on the Ten Animal style of Xing Yi. When we visited Shanghai in April of this year, we met with local master Chen Ke Qiang, who has studied this style since childhood. He showed each of the ten animal movements in sequence, explaining with examples how each animal principle could be used for fighting. Read the Silver article for more detail on each animal and application.


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Article - Spear and other Long Range Weapons

Added 02-Jul-2006


The Chinese martial arts culture is rich in having thousands of weird and wonderful weapons. Among them the spear, the weapon of the hunter and the warrior, holds a place of honour. Read on if you want an introduction into this world.


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Article - Discovering Wu Tai Chi - the Unknown Style

Added 04-Jun-2006


The Chinese government recognises five official tai chi styles. Of them, Wu/Hao style is by far the least known in the west. It features ultra-compact movements with a distinct focus on internal power and practical martial applications. Wushu Scholar was lucky enough to be introduced to this amazing style by a master with close connections to China's most famous tai chi families.


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Article - Xing Yi vs Xin Yi

Added 30-Apr-2006


Xing Yi is one of the most well known internal styles of Chinese Martial Arts. It has a rich history well worth being explored in a little bit more detail than is available to the average practitioner. In particular there are two different names for the style: Xin Yi and Xing Yi. The differences between these are often glossed over, but as this article shows, these differences are intimately connected both with the History and the Philosophy of the style.


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Article - The Art of Chinese Swordplay

Added 05-Mar-2006


The sword is known as the King of Weapons in China, Japan and in the West. In fact every advanced civilisation throughout history venerated the weapon as the embodiment of the heroic ideal. Read this article to find out about the different types of sword used in the Chinese martial arts arsenal, their different designs and usage and the history of their development.


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Article - Power Generation in Mian Style

Added 05-Mar-2006


Mian Quan or Cotton Style is one of the most important styles of traditional wushu taught in the Shanghai area. It features unique power generation methods, relying solely on the spine, not seen in other styles. In this article, we explore the intricacies of power generation in Mian style as disclosed to us by Master Chen Yong Kang.


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Article - The undiscovered styles of Emei

Added 01-Jan-2006


Conceived in the lush, semi-tropical environs of Emei mountain, the martial arts of the Sichuan province have come to be collectively known as Emei wushu. Yet unlike many popular kung fu styles, the history, methods and masters of Emei wushu have for many years been closeted away from the western world.


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Article - How to tell apart the five Fuzhou Crane styles?

Added 01-Jan-2006


This month.s Silver Issue looks at the five Fuzhou Crane Styles and attempts to introduce some of their differences and similarities in a very brief outline. Why is this important? Simply because the Crane System is not only one of the most widely practised in the modern day, but it is one of the oldest and has had tremendous influence over the development of many other styles of Southern Kung Fu . Wing Chun is but one example - and also of Okinawan Karate. Flying Crane, Shaking Crane, Sleeping Crane, Eating Crane and Calling Crane - each of their names captures a particular characteristic of the style. Read the article first and then watch the videos and try to pick out these key distinguishing characteristics yourself.


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Article - Chen Tai Chi

Added 06-Nov-2005


The original style. A family secret kept hidden for over 300 years unleashed on the world only in the last 50 years, Chen tai chi has become a hallmark of excellence in tai chi circles. This month we've released videos and the article below about Chen tai chi, introduced to us by Master Zhang Lian En. Read on for a story of true grit and to understand more about the basic principles of Chen tai chi.


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