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.
(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 →
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..
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 →
May 27, 2015 in asides, Photos, Taijiquan Musings by Mo Ling
T. Klugman practices Lan Zhayi absorbing local vibes.
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.
Internal Fighting Arts
Chen Taiji Interview with Marin Spivack Part 2
1 hour 10 MINS
Also available on iTunes.
December 12, 2014 in Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Videos by Mo Ling
Late Autumn 2014 Marin Spivack, Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia Er Lu “Pao Chui”
November 17, 2014 in Mo Ling Taijiquan Videos, Taijiquan Musings, Videos by Mo Ling
This is Gongfu Jia. Chen Shi Taijiquan detailed, focused practice to produce a lasting practical result or ’embodied gongfu’ ability. Many distinct features of Chen Zhaokui’s method are evident in this practice passed down the family line from Chenyu.
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.
Zhuozhou 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.
At the time we made the trip one of the major highways on the route was undergoing repairs, Read the rest of this entry →