Fu Zhong Wen, Yang Chen Fu, Yang Shao Hao, Sun Lu Tang, Wu Chien Quan, Ma Yueh Liang, Tung Ji Yieh, Chen Wei Ming (below Sun Lu Tang)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Real Tai Chi Fighters in Action. Full Honor and Integrity, none of the compliant garbage.

We hope to have several videos and .gifs of some awesome fight action and none of this fake compliant videos with student actors. We represent fighting with Tai Chi vs. real resisting opponents.

Master Daniel Docherty Knocks out Opponent in Hong Kong!

There is no doubt that the Practical Tai Chi Chuan, aka Wudang Sanshou guys in U.K. (Ireland and abroad) have produced a number of proficient fighters.

more videos here:
Neil Rosiak a full contact fighter out of Practical Tai Chi, he has also produced several fighters himself.
Sami "The Hun" Berik has a extensive fight record. he has fought dozens of times. Here is his highlight reel:

Wim Demeer has taught a lot of Tai Chi and San shou over the years. Here is a clip he shared:

Quentine Dewhurst: "Practical tai chi chuan UK"
Sifu Mike Patterson trained guys to use strikes and throws on the Lei Tai. He trained his guys with Hsing-i, Bagua, and Chen Taiji. some of his fighters include Alex Shpigel, Mario mancini, Steve Cotter, Mike Corridino, just to name a few!

Patrick Brady (fighter in blue) fought full contact and won Lei Tai heavy weight several years in a row. See his fighting here:

Sifu William CC Chen's (WCCC) was a full contact fighter in Taiwan as well as Sifu Luo Dexiu, but we do not have footage. However, WCCC's prodigy kids fought both Lei Tai and San Shou and fought internationally.
Max chen's highlight: (sorry no Tiffany Chen videos available)
NICK "Slick" OSIPCZAKMMA fighter from England. Fought several times in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships).

Eric Sbarg in North Carolina has produced a lot of champions who fought Full Contact Lei Tai: here is his student Natalia winning Heavy Weight division:

Mike Graves is a full contact fighter who trained and fought in England, now resided in San Antonio Texas.

Wilson Pitts: has trained several push hands competitors and Lei Tai fighters.

Juan Maldonado. Juan is a Cheng man ching style practitioner willing to get in there and kick some ass. here is one of his many fights.

Tim Cartmell- did full contact fighting in Taiwan, while we do not have footage, he is also a world class jiujitsu black belt. Not a easy task.

Peter Ralston. Won the All Asian full contact fighting coached by William CC Chen. While we do not have fight clip you can see his movements in this sparring video.

Scott Rodell Scott trains his guys in San Shou and teaches around the world, he has trained a few full contact fighters for Lei Tai. He is very into weapons research and hosted several sword competitions.

Brent Hamby in Oakland CA. has fought many San shou events and produced many san shou fightes as well.

Sam Masich, is a world class teacher, competitor of forms, push hands, and free sparring.

Johnathan Weizhong Wang. Johnathan is a seasoned veteran of free sparring and push hands as well as forms. There is a fight video out there I seem to not find. Here is him push hands with world class competitor Jan Lucanus.

John Signoriello, a student of the late C.K. Chu fought many times on Lei Tai and San Shou events and won the championship. He is seen in some segments of this clip.
Other notable fighters from the world of Tai Chi:
Robert Ruby: Robert has won heavy weight championships in both Lei Tai and push hands. He did this around 1998 and 1999. The only folks who would have a copy of that on video is the Lei Tai organization that video tapes all the fights.
Doug Stockton also won the full contact event at Koushu Lei Tai 1999, and Richard lee's open event in 1998, the only folks who would have a copy of that on video is the Lei Tai organization that video tapes all the fights.
Casey "Blackhorse" Payne: Is a International push hands champion who also did a full contact fight in Taiwan.
Brian Wilson: Brian is not only a Tai Chi guy who also practices other arts like Yiquan and fighting...he is also a licensed acupuncturist!
Mad Matt Stampe- the author, here full time office worker, part time martial artist, and currently training for Masters in Chinese Medicine. Amateur fighter, doesn't consider himself at a high level, just average. "Just a guy will balls to get in there and go after guys. Test my Tai Chi against guys trying to knock my head off."
What are some of the Characteristics of teachers of compliant garbage in the martial arts community:

1. No fight experience. Some haven't even done push hands competition, which are much safer physically.

2. They have compliant student to make them look good and get slapped around. Many times the student is respectful and could probably seriously harm the teacher. This is eventually considered real skill and goes unquestioned. Real fighters laugh and see it.

3. If the teacher does have students that train for push hands and/or fight, they do not last long and lose. If they do win, it is small tournaments with low turn out, not one of the more major International or National competitions.

4. Teacher usually picks up on trends on forums then take that idea as their own. Ti-feng, Jibengong, Zhong ding gong, terms I've used in forums are now being taught by tai chi marketing guys. go figure.

5. Demo heavy. Again these are only demos these guys can do.

6. Living in a bubble. These guys keep other competitors away from them, steer clear of major martial artists, and events. They will lose their "Rice Bowl" if the truth came out. Real fighters and players go out and test people.

7. They attract people with life or mental issues, folks looking for the 'magical' or amazing powers often seen in fictional movies. These fictional skills marketed include: no touch knock outs, no inch punches, invisible pushes, one touch knockouts, and other non-sense just to name a few. It is profitable for them and they laugh their way to the bank. "A sucker born every minute!"

8. Talk game is good. Talk is cheap, but it is a skill with these guys. They speak in fortune cookie language, use phrases that sound like Confucian wisdom, and try to come off a deep spiritual advisers.

9. They play the role of master fully, they go by self proclaimed titles, use the hierarchy of chinese culture in their western world. Master-student relationship as a means of control. They pass out titles and ranks to their students if they try to leave, it becomes cultish.

10. Shady lineage history. Some are rejects from various schools and make up they are from some special lineage that cannot be traced to teachers no one has heard of. Some advertise they are part of 'this or that' early generation of a kung fu family and cannot state or share the teachers name.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Taiiquan Classic Standing and Moving linear postures

Monday, December 22, 2014

General outline of our Throw training in Chinese Martial arts and Taijiquan

What you should expect to learn and know for testing and demo of techniques.

Warm up:
Waist rotation
Back rotation/windmills
Bar stretch- front, side, and back
Split training
Tendon stretch: vuom ba duan jin #1.
Standing floor stretch
Standing v stretch- rt. Middle, left
Front kicks
Inside and outside crescent kicks

Stance and leg work:
Back hook with leg
Pull out let spin 180.
Hook kick
Gong bu turns
Extending gong bu turns
Cross stance up and down
Coil leg up
Low coil sits
Kick back throw (classic shuai throw)

Entering training:
1.       Front cross step
2.       Back cross tep
3.       Fast enter step (jump)
4.       1,2, or 3 with full bending throw.

Fall training:
Front roll
Front fall
Side fall
Coil leg side fall
Back fall

Leg holding throws:
Single leg side throw
Single leg over the shoulder
Double leg
Double leg to side
Double leg over the back/suplex
Kick catch leg sweep
Kick catch push forward
Kick catch pull back

Over the waist and back throws:
1.       Back/hip- Neck throw
2.       Back/hip - Shoulder throw
3.       Back/hip - Waist throw
4.       Snake throw
5.       Tiger throw
6.       Front waist throw
7.       Waist throw from opponent back.
8.       Dragon throw
9.       Leg reap throw
1-.   Push the chin throw (white crane spread wings).

Leg hooking throws:
1.       Ward off shoulder control- sweep lead leg.
2.       Roll back/elbow control- sweep lead leg.
3.       Leg lifting, chest press throw.
4.       Wrist control sweep leg
5.       Combo hook kick and leg throw.
6.       Neck pull, hook kick throw.
7.       Play pipa: arm drag/elbow control and sweep lead leg.

Other throws and counter techniques:
1.       Ba ta ne: hand block and move forward throw.
2.       Elbow striking throw.
3.       Snake creep down 1: Fireman carry throw.
4.       Snake creep down #2: reach between groin throw.
5.       Pull leg, press forward/neck or chest throw.
6.       Part horse mane throw: control leg, push chest throw.
7.       Carry tiger to mountain: flip over throw.
8.       Double and single leg counter: sprawl or neck control.
9.       Dragon as a counter throw.

Ground fighting:
1.       head lock, arm bar.
2.       Neck crank
3.       Guillotine from guard
4.       Paint brush series- key locks and kimura.
5.       Wrist locks
6.       Rear shoulder/chicken wing

7.       Darce choke.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Be weary when you see "Tai Chi Combat" or "Tai Chi fighting" in same sentence and by whom.

    Please be aware of all kinds of marketing schemes that are used now-a-days when people promote Tai Chi Chuan as an effective martial art for fighting and real self-defense. We are talking about non-fighting Tai Chi folks promoting fighting, and other silliness like "One Touch KO's". That is another one that takes the cake in deceitful advertising.

 In recent years, an increase of questionable instructors have been marketing that they teach effective "Combative Tai Chi", "Tai chi for the streets", "Tai Chi for fighting", and all other types of gaffs. Some of these consumers and buyers of these dangerous marketing trends are really going to get hurt by it. They may think they have a real skill, and one day, thinking they will have special fajin powers,  someone is gonna clock them into reality.

Do you even know what to look for when seeking out "Tai Chi for fighting"??? Please allow me to help you.

First of all you want to have someone with real fight experience. A verifiable fight record comes to mind. I am not talking about hearsay stories that so-n-so touched a guy on the shoulder and his opponent flew away and fell down, or the 1000's of fights so-n-so did while on the streets. Both are totally unverifiable and most likely polished stories worthy of a good laugh. Be weary of many of the "Tai Chi fighting" Youtubes out there, most are done by people with no fight experience and they are often scripted scenes with their students who telegraph punches and act "knocked out" in these misleading videos. One in particular, a instructor had his student who is a non-wrestler, act as a wrestler, so he can show how to use the art against wrestlers in a way that wouldn't work. Total Fail!

Second, find a person who has a good reputation, has been in the game for a while, and trained for sport fighting. Someone who is safe to say has done well in fight events. You want to try to avoid people who say they have fought, but in reality got knocked out in the first minute of the fight. A good fighter is someone who knows the hard work of sparring, strength training, cardio training, hit conditioning, high percentage techniques, and all the other important tools and attributes to help you survive a real street and sport fighting confrontation. We recommend someone well known as a good fighter.

Thirdly, that person needs to be well versed in transmitting this to their students who thus become great fighters and even champions of full contact fighting. If someone is training fighters that constantly lose and get knocked out, the instructor seems to not know how to properly prepare a fighter. If the fighter loses, but fights well, then it is another story. What is important is how and what are they producing. A win-lose ratio is a good gauge. Class size, amount of fighters active in competitions, knowledge of the various rules for various fight events, these things a good instructor will know.

So here are good signs:
1. find someone with real experience in fighting, and can prove it.
2. find someone well known and active in the martial community and fight events.
3. find someone who continues to train fighters regularly and can take you to that level.

In my own research and fight training, I have met and talked with several people who can apply both Tai Chi Chuan, or their respective Chinese Martial Art into the realm of full contact fighting. This is either Sanda, San Shou, Lei Tai, and even MMA. Here I will discuss some of the top people world wide doing so. These are teachers I highly recommend if you want to go beyond "push hands" and get right into the heart of real fighting.

Sifu Mike Patterson:  was the Taiwan National Champion for a couple of years back in the 70s under Hsu Hong Chi and student of Hung Yi Hsiang. He taught fighters how to use Hsingyi, Pakua, and Tai Chi in Lei Tai combat. Several of his fighters won in their divisions and became on the US team. He kept a team of Men and Women that dominated Lei Tai competitions for many year is mid-90s to early 2000. Alex Shpigel, Mario Mancini. Bob Reynolds, Steve Cotter were some of them.
Sifu Mike Patterson with champion students

William CC Chen:
 Master William Chen competed in Full Contact fighting event in Taiwan in the early 1950s. As a student of Cheng Man-Ching, he demonstrated Tai Chi as a combat art. His daughter Tiffany Chen and son Max Chen have both been members of the US Lei Tai and US San Shou team and competed Nationally and Internationally. Peter Ralston- also studied Tai Chi with William C.C. Chen in NY. In fact it was while he was training at Chen's school that he saw the poster for the (at the time, upcoming) 1978 World Full-Contact Fighting Championship in Taiwan and decided to compete. He went on to win the tournament, becoming the first non-Asian ever to do so.
William CC Chen and Tiffany Chen

Sifu David Ross  is a San Shou fighter and instructor in NYC and trains fighters in San shou/San da, and MMA. He is a writer and has a excellent blog here discussing similar topics as this one.

Luo De Xiu- Hung Yi Hsiang's student, competed in national fighting events in Taiwan. He is a world renowned master of Neijia: Taiji, Bagua, and Xingyi. Luo has students teaching in Europe and America. Including Marcus Brinkman, George Wood, Ed Hines, Nick Cumber. Tim Cartmell- trained with Luo De Xiu. In 1986 he won the middleweight division of the All Taiwan Invitational Full Contact Tournament, and then won the middleweight division of the Chung Cheng International Full Contact Tournament later that same year. Tim is a Black belt in Brazilian Juijitsu.
Tim interview here

EBM Kung Fu- Brent Hamby (Oakland San Shou) EBM in Oakland California has a pretty tough squad of fighters that train in both Internal martial arts and San shou. Team consists of Brent Hamby, Adam Caldwell, Brian Madign, Russ Middleton, and more. they carry on tradition of Wong Jack Man.
EBM Oakland Ca.

Dan Docherty- Wutang TaiChi Style teacher in the UK who learned in Hong Kong, fought and won in a full contact events in Asia in late 1970s early 1980s. Neil Rosiak- Dan Docherty student who fought in Vale Tudo in the early years when MMA was developing, and is trainer for fighters Sami Berrick and Richard Lewis at the Masters Club in London. San Shou Ireland: Niall Keane, Declan Gannon, Karl Kidd, Daren Lowry, Wayne Marshall, Vytautas Vysniauskas are a Tai Chi team from Dan Docherty's Wudang Tai Chi Association that fights out of Ireland and is very active in competition. MUST READ Round table of Tai Chi fighting coaches from U.K. 
Dan Docherty

San Shou Ireland

Eric Sbarge: Eric Sbarge and Peaceful Dragon Lei Tai team with                    
Natalia Hill, Robert Beaver, Carrie Chun and others is based in North Carolina. They are from Chang Tung Sheng's branch of Shuai Chiao and Internal gong fu: Taiji, Pakua, and Hsingyi.
Eric Sbarge

Two other notable champions of full contact fighting I want to also mention are Patrick Brady and Robert Ruby. Both really great fighters. Some more active in teaching than others. Robert Ruby can be found here in Richmond Va.
Patrick Brady

Robert Ruby
Coach Christopher Pei- is a Yang Taijiquan Coach having studied under Willy Lin in DC's Chinatown, with Fu Zhong Wen, Yang Zhen Dou and Yang Zhen Ji. He has also fought in his younger days in tournaments. He currently coaches San shou fighters who have competed in Lei Tai. His fighters include: Chris Chai, Adam, Marty, Alan Le, Sean Wargo.

Gurjok K. Singh- Teaches fighters a combination of Tai Chi pugilism, Boxing, and Muay Thai.  Mr.Singh is a Retired Army Ranger and owner of Angels Gym that trains regional and state, mens and women, kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and Grappling IKF and NAGA champions. He is also a book author, "The Art of Western Tai Chi".

Coach Wilson Pitts: influenced by Boxing,  Robert W. Smith, and  TCM with Dr. Amy Tseng in Richmond Virginia, he emphasized combat usage in Neijia arts of Tai Chi, Bagua, and Hsingyi. He trained several fighters including acupuncturist Celeste Wray and Jamar, for Lei Tai and San Shou using boxing principles and study from his experience at Joe Fraiser's Cloverlay Gym in North Philly in the 1970's. Wilson also teaches in New York city, California.

Sifu Clarence Burris teaches Tien Shan Pai and Tai Chi in Northern Virginia.  He is 1992 NASKA Virginia State Heavy Weight Champion, and in 1993 Selected on the U.S. full contact Sanshou Team for World Championships in Malaysia.

In closing, I hope you find some of the information here useful when seeking out teachers of full contact fighting, "Tai Chi for fighting" "Tai Chi combat" and real self defense. We believe that people who have "been there, done that" are your best chance of having a SAFE, SUCCESSFUL, and FRUITIOUS experience. We hope you will not have to use your martial arts in a life and death situation, but if you should, we hope you are properly prepared having done the hard work we believe these teachers can give you. There are some other teachers out there not mentioned I may have forgotten, these come to mind. Please feel free to contact me.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jibenggong (Basics/Foundation practices) common to Kung Fu, Long Boxing, and Wushu

These seem to have helped me tremendously with my Internal arts training: I had a teacher from Shanghai Jingwu (Chin Woo), Zhou Jianhua and two others, one from Mizung Lohan style (under Alex Kwok/Nick Scrima), another in college from Shaolin Wu Xing ba fa (Ching Ching Fang's student Chow in Richmond Va) and a Traditional Yang teacher who was also a famous Wushu teacher (He Weiqi) and former USA Team coach Lu Xiao Ling. these basics are common to all of them. Taijiquan Jibengong is at the bottom.

Common Jibegong in Long Fist: Chin Woo, Mizung Lohan, Shaolin Longfist, and even wushu training: good for any player.

Warm-up, stretching, etc.
1. Loosen neck, ankles and wrist.
2. Arm/shoulder circles, Waist circles, hip circles, knee circles. (variety of waist turning drills)
3. Heel stretch
4. Squat
5. Various stretches: wall stretches, floor stretches, partner stretches.
a. Single leg
b. Double leg
c. Splits (Chinese and regular)
d. Scales
e. etc.

Stance work stationary:
6. Horse stance (with staff on legs)
7. Bow stance and kneeling stance (knee almost touch ground)
8. Pistols as empty stance warm up
9. Empty stance
10. Drop stance
11. Balance stance
12. Half sitting stance
13. Full sitting stance

Punching/Stance work: moving
14. Horse stance punching: variety including: horse stance to bow stance, horse stance to half sitting, horse stance to kneeling stance, etc.
15. Bow stance punching
16. Drop stance to bow stance to balance stance drill- low to high leg work.
17. Moving half sitting stance.
18. Combination of stances.

Kicking basics
19. Front stretch kick
20. Inside stretch kick
21. Outside stretch kick
22. Side stretch kick
23. Side kick (low, medium, high)
24. Chinese round kick (low , medium, high)
25. Inside and outside kick combines
26. Slap kick
27. Double slap kick
28. Shovel kick
29. Back kick
30. Low front sweep (180) degree
31. Low back sweep (360) degree
32. Front snap kick (Tan tuei)
33. Combined front snap kick and side kick
34. Circle arm slap kick

Acrobatic/agility skills- rolling, tiger rolls, back rolls, front falls, back falls, dragon spins up, tornado fall, side kick fall.
front jumps, 360 jumps to left, 360 jumps to right.
35. Front jump kick
36. Tornado kick
37. Lotus kick
38. Butterfly kick
39. Cartwheels and Aerial (cartwheel no hands)

Strength conditioning:
1. Jump and land in Horse stance
2. Wall sits (sit in horse stance back to wall)
3. V-ups
4. Sit ups
5. Push ups
6. Burpies
7. Squat kicks
8. Outside kick, 180 degree inside kick, to bow stance palm strike hold (repeat 20 times)
9. Leg raises (50)
10. Back extensions
11. Bridges (30 sec holds)

Taijiquan Jiben gong:
1. Loosening and joint opening/Flexibility set.
2. Standing gong set.
3. Single movement set.
4. Taiji walking set 1 (no hands movements)
5. Taiji walking set 2 (with hand movements- Part Horse mane, Brush Knee, Repulse monkey)
6. Taiji walking set 3 (with holding postures.)
7. Linear fajin movements.
8. Taiji Straight sword solo techniques.
9. Taiji Saber solo techniques.
10. Taiji Spear techniques.
11. Hitting set (solo and partner).
12. Taiji qigong and warm-down set.