While the forms of T’ai Chi are highly useful in Push Hands and Self-Defense, it is the variations that occur during the process of application that brings T’ai Chi to life. On the left, Ma Yueh Liang shares the joy in exploring the variations of "Needle at the Bottom of the Sea," while on the right the classic "needle" wristlock is applied. Interestingly enough, "Needle at the Sea’s Bottom" is seen by some practitioners as having only a few variations, yet all of the forms have, at the very least, ten applications-one for each of the cardinal and inter-cardinal points as well as heaven and earth. T’ai Chi’s Push Hands are a wonder, and while some may opt in the near term to use external applications to try and prove a point, the soft and resilient quality of the Push Hands is worth the road less traveled by.
T’ai Chi of the Wu Style! Our newest Book and Video Combo combines a compilation that features the life's work of Dr. Ma Yueh Liang and Wu Ying Hua, Wu Chian Chuan's eldest daughter with our popular T’ai Chi of the Wu Style Video Series which 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, for comprehensive study for those interested in Wu Style or T'ai Chi martial applications.
The book Chi Kung, of the Wu Style written by Gerald A. Sharp and Patricia Kessler is also one of our most successful book and video combos. 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. Check out this highly very informative and practical Chi Kung Book and Video Special.