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.
Part 1 of a 2-part conversation between Ken Gullette and Marin Spivack, the senior western disciple of Chen Yu. Marin’s journey is an example of the dedication and persistence required for high-level achievement in the internal arts.
-also available in iTunes
Late Autumn 2014 Marin Spivack, Chen Shi Taijiquan Gongfu Jia Er Lu “Pao Chui”
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.
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, (more…)
Bailagar Long Pole, Chen Taijiquan.
There are many practice forms, these are a few, deceptively simple, simply difficult. The heavier the pole, the worse it looks.
Contrary to how it may appear to those who are not familiar, this wood is really NOT so flexible as it appears. This thickness of Bailagar “white waxwood” will not carry a wave unless the practitioner can forcefully send and control it.
Chen Taijiquan patterned tuishou, in this case Dalun, is a most useful training method for clear development of JIN. These days this facet of traditional Chen Taijiquan training is sorely neglected and often just seen as a cursory circle to begin a competitive wrestling bout. In fact this practice is where many of the gems of structure and technique are found. Here are some views on very basic training.
This (at least visually) illustrates some of the unique methods of the Chen Zhaokui line of Chen Taijiquan as relates to basic structure. This is “jibengong” basic traditional instruction for those who are physically willing and able. It is not for everyone, but the path of “zhen” (true) gongfu in this style. Here is a rare look at some non-commercial traditional training.