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Wudang Seniors Pushing Hands

Added 10-Mar-2007

Two senior masters demonstrate their pushing hands and remind us all of the importance of a young mind! Kung fu is practised for many reasons, but ultimately, we all feel the benefits of continuing health and vitality as we grow older. Part of the reason is that exercises such as pushing hands keep our minds alert and playful. These two masters can't resist showing off for the cameras, and proving that they can still compete even into old age. Filmed in September 2004.

10.1MB, 2m16sec, 1.29

Cai Xing Sheng Pushing Hands

Added 10-Mar-2007

Master Cai Xing Sheng and student practice pushing hands in the courtyard of the Zi Xiao hall on Wudang Mountain. They show a range of different pushing hands that reflect the athleticism and expansiveness of Wudang style - firstly, the stances often sink extremely low to the floor, and then Cai and his student demonstrate pushing hands at extremely close range, literally using their bodies in place of their hands. When Cai or his student sense the advantage, they capitalise immediately with a sudden displacement, lock or throw. Filmed in May 2005.

12.6MB, 2m40sec, 1.29

Two Person Soft Freehand Pattern

Added 10-Mar-2007

These two female practitioners, who also performed a soft two person sword pattern released with this video, show how the principles of a soft-style can be applied in practice. We often see examples of pushing hands - semi-competitive freeform exercises used to apply simple principles in a 'real' environment. This pattern, however, contains a large number of different principles of deflection, absorption and redirection, each of which could form the basis of a pushing hands exercise. Filmed in December 2003.

7.1MB, 1m33sec, 1.29

Two Person Soft Sword Pattern

Added 10-Mar-2007

In this pattern, the two female practitioners demonstrate an exceptionally rare soft-straight sword pattern. The essence of the straight sword is to use soft to overcome hard as the blades are often light, flexible and agile. This is especially true when using a 'Yin' or female sword. The two practitioners show a myriad of ways in which the body and sword can be used to divert attacks - sometimes this is through circular deflections, other times it is through movements of the body to dodge the blow. In some movements, a counter-attacking movement is used to neutralise the opponent's attack even before it has started. Filmed in December 2003.

11.7MB, 2m34sec, 1.29

Jing Wu Broadsword

Added 10-Mar-2007

A senior Jing Wu master performs a broadsword pattern from the Jing Wu style. This pattern demonstrates the standard principles of this weapon,as well as some more intricate aerial twists and turns.

3.8MB, 0m54sec, 0.99

Eating Crane Water Carrier

Added 10-Mar-2007

Master Yu Yu Lin is a practitioner of the rare Eating Crane style of Kung Fu. He performs the pattern unhurriedly, mimicking the graceful movements of the bird that is his style's namesake. The water carrier is turned and swung in movements that are reminiscent of the crane brushing off its wings, but which in fact have intricate breaking and disarming applications in amongst precise strikes. Video shows a key section of the pattern.

3.6MB, 0m51sec, 0.99

Xing Yi

Added 10-Mar-2007

This Xing Yi pattern is done slowly, with each strike loaded with spring force. To generate and contain this power the stance must be strong and steady and the hands only move when the feet have finished moving. Video shows a key section of the pattern.

4.0MB, 0m56sec, 0.99

Jing Wu Freehand Pattern

Added 10-Mar-2007

A freehand pattern of the Jing Wu style. The pattern is laid out in a simple cross shape, with attacks carried out to each of the four directions. The performance is characterised by simple foot movements and fast strikes of the hands.

3.5MB, 0m49sec, 0.99

Article - Bagua Zhang

Added 05-Feb-2007

The art of Bagua is the third of the three major internal styles practiced in China and the world. The three internal styles (tai chi, Xing Yi and Bagua) all complement each other with different strengths and aims. Where tai chi focusses on the 'empty', and Xing Yi the straight, Bagua can be characterised by the circle. Practice centres around 'walking the circle' and developing and waist capable of twisting and turning as the pattern demands. This article is an introduction to the art of Bagua and some of its fundamental characteristics.


Tea Shop Bagua - Hangzhou

Added 05-Feb-2007

Depending on the style and the practitioner, Bagua often features very few overt strikes. Martial applications of the movements often centre on locks, breaks and throws. That is not to say that Bagua does not have strikes, but like many styles, they are hidden and require the practitioner to seek them out. This is one of the more martial Bagua patterns in appearance released this month, which makes it extremely attractive and instructional for a Bagua practitioner.

5MB, 1m08sec, 1.29