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Tai Cho 1

Added 09-Apr-2007

This is first of three linked videos: Wang Bing Shen performs a Tai Cho (Tai Zhu) style pattern. Typical for a southern style, the movement of the feet are small and compact. The low sitting stances give the practitioner enough stability to be able to generate force, which is channelled into fast blocks, punches and open hand strikes. Tai Cho is one of the best known styles in Fujian Province, translated as the Grand Ancestor Fist. It is also one of the key elements of a related southern style ? Ngo Cho or Wuzhu ? the Five Ancestors Fist.

3.4MB, 0m45sec, 1.29

Tai Cho 2

Added 09-Apr-2007

Second of the three Tai Cho (Tai Zhu) patterns released with this issue. Chen Jing Cheng performs a longer pattern, which showcases how the compact stances of the southern styles are used to change both height and direction, enabling the fighter to defend himself against multiple opponents.

7.2MB, 1m36sec, 1.29

Yongtai Tiger Style

Added 09-Apr-2007

This issue we have included a video of a different southern style, Yongtai Tiger ? performed by Master Tang Dong Heng ? in order to show both the differences and the similarities with Tai Cho. Notice how the underlying principles, including low southern stances, are almost identical, even though they are put together in a different way. There is a lot of cross-over in the Fujianese styles, knitting them together into one distinct family.

4.3MB, 0m59sec, 1.29

Tai Cho 3

Added 09-Apr-2007

The third of the three Tai Cho (Tai Zhu) patterns. This pattern demonstrates cross stepping and slightly longer stances. The performer is more junior than his two colleagues, which creates an opportunity to see how the explosive powerful movements of Tai Cho are practised and developed in the early years of training.

6.5MB, 1m26sec, 1.29

Article - Development of the short stance in Southern Styles

Added 09-Apr-2007

One of the clear differences between southern and northern styles of kung fu is in the different ways they use their feet, both in stances and in kicking techniques. It is a widely accepted rule of thumb that in the north stances are wider, patterns are longer and more mobile, and kicks are higher than in the south. This article explores some of the reasons for this.


Jing Wu Twin Broadsword

Added 09-Apr-2007

A graceful exhibition of twin swords in flight. Master Li Da Ling performs this pattern during a practice session at the Jing Wu school in Shanghai, hence the relaxed and confident nature in which the movements are performed. Filmed in April 2006.

4MB, 0m52sec, 0.99

Jing Wu Straight Sword

Added 09-Apr-2007

A straight sword pattern featuring a number of unusual strikes and angles - for example, low strikes to the ankles and overhead to an opponent to the rear. Filmed in April 2006.

3.9MB, 0m54sec, 0.99

Two Man Staff Pattern - Water Margin

Added 09-Apr-2007

An extremely well coordinated two man staff pattern. In this sequence, the moves flow naturally without jerkiness or hesitation. The rhythym of the moves often switches to the off-beat, meaning the masters have to adapt quickly and can't switch off. Filmed in September 2004.

3.8MB, 0m50sec, 0.99

Wudang Tai Chi

Added 09-Apr-2007

This excerpt from the Wudang tai chi pattern showcases the incredibly strong legs and foundation of Master Cai Xing Sheng, the practitioner here. His stance is low and solid yet the illusion of 'moving as if floating on clouds' is maintained. Filmed in September 2004.

7.0MB, 1m39sec, 0.99

Article - Two Person Soft Styles

Added 10-Mar-2007

Martial artists tend to fall easily into two camps - the athletic, muscled, hard stylists, and the peaceful, calm and unassuming soft stylists. Well, if you're one of the first, time to open your eyes and see what you're missing! If you're already firmly wedded to the soft-style, this month's videos and article are especially for you, taking a close look at how the principles of absorption, deflection and redirection feature in two person exercises.