Spiraling takedowns can be an effective way to create space when you’re tied up with an opponent. They can also be applied with less effort if you don’t rely on grabbing clothing (or a gi) and utilize the opponent’s joints as hinges and doors instead. These two applications present a clear contrast of the styles. Baguazhang is more circular, and, in the case of the Fire Palm, uses a horizontal spiral with an arc-like turn to lead the opponent forward and off balance. Xingyiquan’s Eagle/Bear combines a vertical spiral with a linear arm drag to capture and turn over the opponent’s central equilibrium. Both styles engage the opponent’s aggression with lightness and sensitivity, maintain contact, and exploit weaknesses in the opponent’s situation.
T’ai Chi of the Wu Style! This compilation features the life's work of Dr. Ma Yueh Liang and Wu Ying Hua, Wu Chian Chuan's eldest daughter. Our increasingly popular T’ai Chi of the Wu Style Video Series presents instruction for the Wu Simplified form created by Ma and Wu in the early 80s, as well as Applications and demonstrations by Wu Ying Hua and Gerald A. Sharp. The Book and Video Combo, is Now Available, joining both the text and the visual for comprehensive study.
Chi Kung, of the Wu Style written by Gerald A. Sharp and Patricia Kessler Since producing the video series in 2006, we have had several requests to provide more information on the rare Wu Style Tai Chi Chi Kung. Now for the first time in print in any language, this comprehensive practice is available in book form. The Chi Kung is organized in two series: The Eight Methods and the Five Elements both of which are inter-related, yet address various aspects of chi flow and connective tissue enhancement. With over 300 illustrations, it is published in a horizontal format with a wire binding, in order to make it easy to stand up; much like an easel for easy reference during practice. Also check out our Chi Kung, of the Wu Style Video Series for more information on this profound and highly useful Chi Kung practice, as well as a Special joining both the book and the video series.