by Mo Ling

Through the Door

May 22, 2016 in Articles, Photos, Uncategorized by Mo Ling

Yesterday was a special day as we welcomes Omar Lakri through the door of traditional Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia!  He has been a hard working student and now as a 21st gen. Tudi of the art he will walk the path of a serious cultivator of the practice and be a resource for its survival in years to come.  He is fortunate through the right place & right time, as well as his own efforts to have glimpsed the feeling and method of the traditional gongfu, no turning back now!  For those who are the serious searchers and are lucky enough to bump into the real thing, it is difficult or impossible to turn away, challenging as it is.

As a small and traditionally focused bitter gongfu society we are happy to have yet another reliably hard working developer of this practice to our family.  Welcome Omar!

 

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Attaining Chen Taijiquan Gongfu & Character of Teachers

May 9, 2016 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

How does one go about getting through the door of the school (or teacher) which they have decided they want to learn from?  This can be a complicated territory for would be students of Chinese internal gongfu.  Due to cultural differences in some part, even achieving the proper perspective can be very deceptive.  In these times many people may (in the west) still believe in taking things at face value.  They often see their (usually Chinese) teachers as rather one dimensional.  Due to language barriers and lack of cultural understanding Read the rest of this entry →

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Chen Taijiquan Survival in Chen Village Through the Difficult Years Part 3

March 14, 2016 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

(By Warmond Fang)

This is the third and perhaps final article in covering the history of Chen Village and the development of Chen Taijiquan. This article will cover the time period starting from the Cultural Revolution and to the Return of Chen Zhaokui and later Feng Zhiqiang. Again, all Chinese sources will be posted and an English translation provided after. I will also list source material, author and links to original source material where available. I will start by translating a narrative given by Zhang Weizhen, the Communist Secretary for Chen Village starting from the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.

1966年,“文革”开始了,支持练拳的张蔚珍被罢了官。练拳的人失去了保护伞,先是成分不好的陈克忠被揪出来批斗,接着陈照丕也因一些历史问题被抓走。生性耿直的陈照丕因受不了侮辱和折磨跳井自杀,受伤后被家人抬回去养伤,刚刚热起的太极拳就这样冷了下来。

In 1966, The cultural revolution began. Zhang Weizhen Read the rest of this entry →

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Chen Taijiquan Survival in Chen Village Through the Difficult Years Parts 1 & 2

March 13, 2016 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

These are several very informative articles written on facebook by Warmond Fang in response to much misinformation about this fascinating history.  Copyright 2016! Posted here with permission.

Part 1:

(Taiji-guy-X was) claiming that Chen Taijiquan has no broken continuity and that what they call “old frame” in modern times is exactly what was practiced in Chen village since time immemorial and I can assure you this reading of history is incorrect and not supported by historical evidence.

It is true that all Chen Taijiquan started in Chenjiagou but due to a multitude of factors such as economic, political, natural disasters etc. Taijiquan suffered from broken continuity and what is called “old frame” or “laojia” today in Chen Village is not the same Taijiquan that has always been practiced since the advent of Chen Taiji in CJG. More accurately it was the frame that CZP brought back to Chen Village after he retired from the Yellow River Conservancy Commission in 1958 after discovering the fact that the art was near extinction in CJG.

Let’s first look at an original essay written by Chen Ke Shen (Chen Zhaopi’s son) regarding Read the rest of this entry →

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Interesting old Chen Taijiquan Lineage Chart from Gene Chen

March 7, 2016 in Articles, Photos by Mo Ling

This is the old lineage chart given to us (students of Gene Chen) back in the 1990’s, before the commercialization of Chen family and the big business of Taiji Tourism.  Memories..

 

Chen Family Taijiquan Lineage

 

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Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Jia; Roots Determine the Genetics of Trunk and Branches

July 24, 2015 in Articles, asides, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

The reason for the stance methods, and the low stance methods is not (in our line) solely due to the common talking point that it is for strength, or even the very true point that it develops root.

In our line it really IS for developing root, but what is that root for?  It is certainly for martial usage, but it and the leg methods/shapes also have an alternate purpose.

This is related to the energetic/medicinal design of the art.  Just as the shapes of the arms determine energy flow, so do the shapes of the legs.  Similar to meditation sitting methods, the stance methods and shapes of our art create and determine specific Read the rest of this entry →

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A Taiji Journey with Marin Spivack – Part 2

December 19, 2014 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

Ken Gullettes podcast interview with Marin Spivack covering a wide range of Chen Taijiquan and internal arts and gongfu culture topics, part 2 of 2.

Stitcher:

Internal Fighting Arts
Chen Taiji Interview with Marin Spivack Part 2
1 hour 10 MINS

 

 

On Audello:

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Chenyu Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia, Zhuozhou, Hebei School

October 19, 2014 in Articles, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

I recently made a visit to Chenyu’s new Chen Taijiquan school location in Zhuo Zhou, Hebei, about an hour and a half south west of Beijing (without traffic and road construction). Originally Chenyu had basement level school location in a building adjacent to his residence in Liu Jia Yao in Beijing, and then it was moved to an upper level in a different location, but space is at a premium in Beijing and the available space in Hebei is huge and ideal.

IMG_0082.JPGZhuozhou can be reached by train from Beijing west train station, and there is also bus service, if I remember correctly, #838 from Beijing, but one needs to research those details on site. In my case we traveled by car.

 

 

 

 

 

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At the time we made the trip one of the major highways on the route was undergoing repairs, Read the rest of this entry →

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Chen Family Taijiquan Unpacked: Gongfu Utility System

February 24, 2014 in Articles, Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling

[Above: Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities, Bow & Arrow Fist]

 

Chen Taijiquan Gongfu Utilities is a teaching and practice curriculum that I have developed over many years of personal practice, research and teaching. After many years of consideration I have decided that at least some of it needs to be shown and even publicly taught if the opportunity arises before Taijiquan’s last traditional coffin nail is hammered.

Chen Taijiquan traditionally is what I would call a “packaged system” as if packed into a suitcase for travel. The main elements of practice in current popular Chen Taujiquan are Read the rest of this entry →

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Chen Shi Taijiquan 5 moves on Ice & Snow; How to pull a groin in 5 easy moves..

February 24, 2014 in Articles, Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Taijiquan Musings, Videos by Mo Ling

When practicing on a very slick surface the integrity of the stance is under attack as there is nothing on the ground to hold onto. In this situation the only thing keeping the shape of the stance and the upright position is the action of what we call “Dangjin” or arch/crotch power. “Crotch Power” is certainly an attractive term on it’s own, but in this case it is very laborious.

The legs must not only hold one upright properly, but also must hold themselves from slipping outward. In this practice with a lot of effort the stance can be maintained, until Fajin as you can see at the end, just shakes that rear leg loose. Losing three inches can lead to losing three feet very quickly and a badly pulled groin muscle.

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