Our School’s Classical Chen Family Taijiquan Program – Lao Jia Er (Old Frame, Second Part); Tui Shou (Push Hands); Long Sword Form; Broad Sword Form. “The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknow- ledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook ofTaiji . Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice Tuishou is an exceptional drill system for developing certain abilities but it is not.

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Chen Family Taijiquan Unpacked: Gongfu Utility System

Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice curriculum that I have developed over many years of personal practice, research and teaching. The main elements of practice in current popular Chen Taujiquan are forms: There are auxiliary practices of all kinds of course, but those are the main components.

Most surviving traditional Chinese martial arts include heavy doses taijiwuan technique based single and two-person drills for development of fighting abilities. Tuishou is an exceptional drill system for developing certain abilities but it is not nor was ever intended to be an end in itself but simply a drill for a particular skill set and level of engagement. Over the last few years there are a number of popular methods of excuse and rationalization for this omission.

Book Review: Chen Family Taijiquan Tuishou by Wang Xian

The two most popular are as follows: Regarding number 1, Tuishou is simply NOT fighting even less than wrestling shuaijiao is. All of these ranges and methods of engagement that can be used within a fight context, but there are very good reasons that all such sporting events have rules that confine their activities to within that particular context, to prevent it from becoming, well, fighting. Regarding number 2, this one is easy enough to debunk just by a bit of understanding of the forms, which contain many many obvious striking, kicking, locking and other techniques.


Those are not included to for thrills and show. Those are what you will use if you are skilled. No one would have included such complicated and numerous methods for no useful reason. Regarding number 3, well that is just self defeating.

The truth is one needs to be taught specifically how to develop and use these techniques, and in many cases even what they are. In my earliest Chen Taijiquan instruction Tushou was lucky enough to be exposed to a very detailed system of drills and practices. My teacher, Gene Chen was not in any way concerned with sport and had learned in China at a time before sport and commercialism were king.

His concern was purely martial arts and he had a delivery system for techniques rather than an idea or principle. They either have to figure it out for themselves or just dream about it. Dreaming about it, that works very well on the internet.

Learning the system of Chenyu from his father, Chen Zhaokui one has to deal with a huge amount of detail relative to other Chen systems. Not only is there detail regarding internal work camily structure, but also technique; there are so many packed into the forms.

Taijiquan originally was created as 7 sets of some type then later compressed into lesser numbers of forms, then finally into the main two forms. It is easy enough to understand that originally it was not so different taijiquqn a lot of other Chinese martial arts in the area of technique and taijiquah practices. Compressing the art into 2 main forms means that there are a LOT of different focuses and techniques squeezed into one container.


However if we want utility of the actual methods contained within we must actually unpack the forms. Some of these are big, some are small, some are just jin, and some are compounded and chej complicated. Chen Taijiquan only relatively recently became apparently a system of a couple of somewhat slow forms that had no explicit martially practical pugilistic developmental practices.

I am painfully aware, that most teachers now do not have access to the knowledge to bring out the authentic traditional methods and teach them in practical context. I realize that give another decade or two this idea will be a corpse or just a ghost and all will be lost to sport, mysticism or reinventing the wheel. In that interest I have decided to make some of my own hard learned practices in this area public and if there is interest, teach them on a wider scale.

This practice is a direct extension of a method from our forms. This is one of more than 30 such drills that are all quite detailed. Please enjoy the lovely scenery of the dregs of winter in a parking lot.

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