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George Xu · Yu Xiao Lin · Wang Zhi Xiang · Jin Zhen Liang · Xu Guo Chang · Ji Ah Dong · Jin Zhen Liang · Susan Matthews
INTERNAL ENERGY - What
do traditional Chinese internal martial artists say about energy? How do they incorporate mind and qi (chi) in their art? How do they teach
it to learners? In the Masters From China video collection, top-level
practitioners of internal martial arts describe and/or demonstrate
their specialized understanding and use of qi.
This video describes how to maximize power even more fully.
Vertical force results from transferring the opponent’s force to the ground, creating sinking and rising force at the same time. Use their force against them. Reaction force is invisible and indirect. The more sinking force to the ground, the more comes back. With melting more comes back.
Gravity is heavy dead weight of whole body with no physical toughness, wu wei, do nothing, effortless, do without doing (no energy or physical effort added on). Focus on enemy, totally relax, physical arm is not felt, spiritual arm within body is felt.
Body art in this way is that the body makes the arm like a puppet, no arm muscle or shoulder used. Body makes open close and the arm becomes subconscious. Connect but not connect. Requires sucking the arm into the body. Dantien is shoulder, feet to head is the arm. Opponent cannot feel your arm, but must feel your body. This is what your enemy feels. Four become one, everything generated out of the body movement. Self power is maximum, arm power is minimum. Let enemy feel the body first before arm.
The above three become automatic and mind focuses on the invisible, space, 6 dimension force. You feel the space, the energy is not linear but is the volume of the space. Play the hua jing. The external space power is totally separated from the internal body. You have two bodies. External (space) body goes first, internal body follows. The external force has centripetal, spiral, counterweight, long leverage and creates invisible force coming first with internal body following.
Indoor Study introduces important information for developing power in martial arts. First George focuses on a series of exercises to develop one of the most important skills for martial power he calls three dimensional shrinking /expanding with the energy body. Next, he presents several unique power stretching postures that circle and spiral and, some in particular, develop leg power. Power stretch is important to develop whole-body connectivity. Once the body is connected, the body can use chan shi chin, or spiraling, to move in three dimensions, effectively reducing the enemy's force to zero. George presents several spiral training exercises also containing shrink/expand quality and the fourth important quality that is center (dantian) energy moving first. Several multidirectional dynamic exercises are presented for developing dantian gong. Master Xu finishes with qigong for gathering earth power, human power, and heaven power and a cool demonstration of four direction striking using all these qualities. This video complements the discussion and applications of these moves found in Master Xu’s Complete Practice. Indoor Study is nearly 40 minutes non-stop workout/practice. $24.95
Master George Xu: The Universal Principle of Yin-Yang in the Practice of Qigong, Baguazhang, and Xingyi Basics
This 2-DVD set contains qigong, single drills, bagua form, and a comprehensive set of xing-yi single animal forms and variations. You can use each as a standalone training video. He delineates practical applications of the yin-yang principle in depth in Part 1 Lecture Qigong and Taijiquan Basics and Yin-Yang Universal Law introduced by Xu presents numerous concepts that he has not publicized before and in several cases articulates it even more precisely than he has in past sessions. Among these concepts is the yin-yang universal principle that, as Master Xu explains, applies to all forms of martial arts in China. There are 300 styles of martial arts in China whose disciples are searching for secrets and claim that theirs is the “best.” But Master Xu says that for him the taijiquan principle of yin-yang is the one concept that unites them all. The thread that weaves through all internal martial arts is that of yin-yang. If you understand this then you have the answer that many have sought for ages, Master Xu says. The interplay between yin and yang applies to physical and energy including Heavy/Light, Soft/Hard, Full/ Empty, In/Out, Left/Right, Feminine/Masculine, and so on. At the same time, yin is always contained within yang and vice versa and the resultant combined force created is superior. Xu explains yin yang principles in dantien, qigong, spiral force, predator force, and earth power.
Disk 2 begins with 12 minutes of Dragon Baguazhang Step-By-Step Form Practice which breaks down the form into 8 sections repeated 3 times each. Then the entire Dragon Palm is repeated twice slowly.
What is Tai Chi, Really? George Xu Answers
Tai chi has a long history in China. Long ago, martial artists in China discovered that using "internal" principles in the practice of taijiquan improved their health overall as well as their fighting skills. During recent years, tai chi has been increasingly recognized among westerners for its great health benefits. Highly-accomplished Chinese tai chi "masters" who have come to the United States since before the 1970s deserve credit for introducing tai chi to the western world.
In What is Tai Chi, Really? Master George Xu, with Susan Matthews assisting, discusses and demonstrates internal principles while performing selected Chen and Wu Style postures. They give the viewer a better idea of what to look for when practicing. Both Master Xu and Sifu Matthews demonstrate a section of the form, then discuss internal aspects. Master Xu demonstrates with Susan how power comes from utilizing internal principles of tai chi.
Whether or not you practice tai chi for its health benefits or for martial skills, it is the internal principles that make any tai chi practice beneficial.
What is Tai Chi, Really? is for anyone wanting to learn internal principles of taijiquan. The information it contains can benefit beginner or advanced practitioners, whether you focus on health or fighting. Even non-internal martial arts practitioners can use the information to incorporate into their particular style of practice.
Filmed at Shanti School of Taijiquan in Durango, Colorado. 46-minutes. $24.95
Structure Testing: Chen Style Tai Chi
One of the best things about attending a tai chi workshop with a master from China is having an opportunity to see internal martial art principles applied by a highly experienced practitioner. To understand the principles you should train with a high-level master as often as possible. But not everyone is close enough to a teacher, or can afford to attend regular private lessons, or even weekly group classes, with an authentic master teacher.
Watching Internal Structure Testing is like being part of a private instruction session. Master Xu and Susan Matthews discuss energy-body movement concepts while they practice selected Chen Style postures. They convey fundamental and advanced internal principles of tai chi that everyone needs to know to reach new levels of ability and well-being. These include beginning stance, single whip, and half of the first section of the Chen form.
Internal Structure Testing is a unique example of a teacher working closely with a student to reach that ever-fluid point of understanding - what the master knows and the student struggles to grasp. You will enjoy the personable interaction between Master George Xu and long-time student, Susan Matthews, who is also a highly accomplished tai chi practitioner and teacher, as well.
Master George Xu is well-known and admired for his open and very informational style of teaching. For him, no secret is too secret. He believes that if you give freely you will be rewarded ten-fold for your generosity. Master Xu is highly sought-after by students and teachers the world over. He has regular workshops through out the year in the United States, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway, France, and Italy.
This video complements What is Tai Chi, Really? also produced by Serai Communication Arts and Shanti School of Taijiquan. Includes Scene Selections to facilitate training while you practice along with them. Filmed at Shanti School of Taijiquan in Durango, Colorado. 52-minutes. $24.95
Master George Xu Tai Chi Treasures
This video presents Master Xu’s exercises and theory presented over several sessions at the China Camp 2010 in Lan Fang near Beijing. Here, he focused on practicing and controlling ‘BIG’ energy of the space outside and around the fighter and opponent. Related to this is the integration of inside and outside forces, the internal and the space; for example, the mind is on the outside energy, not the internal snake. He separates hand/arm usage into levels: first, the mind is on the hand and the body moves the hand; second, internal energy moves the body that moves the hand all together; third, the internal energy body moves the hand; and fourth, the outside space moves the energy body.
Master George Xu Complete Practice: Dantien Gong, Power Stretching, and Spiral Training is the perfect training set to practice every day with George. Follow along as he demonstrates and discusses four essential components of taijiquan and all internal arts: Dantian Gong, Power Stretching, Spiral Training and Shrink/Expand. Dantian gong (8 moves), shrinking-expanding moves (8), power stretching postures (8), and Chan-shi-jing (10 spiraling postures). These are crucial practices to be aware of whether utilized for longevity or martial application.
Master Xu is true to the authentic ancient knowledge that has been passed down through the ages. He is both traditional and modern in his practice and perspectives. Listen to him elucidate his unique perspective on the art of internal movement and the importance of understanding being connected as a single unit, moving the dantian like a predator, and spiraling for power and ability.
A special feature of this video is of Master Xu demonstrating spiral technique in the Bagua Zhang form and Chen Style Taijiquan form.
Detailed sessions videotaped during a weekend workshop in Cortez, Colorado, hosted by Susan A. Matthews. Some subtitles are included. Two hour DVD ©2011 M014- $39.95
Mind and Energy Movement in Taijiquan
Susan Matthews presents instruction ranging from detailed techniques to overarching concepts on the biomechanics of key movement principles of taijiquan, such as zhong ding, dantian, open and close, and spiral anatomy. She describes and demonstrates techniques, and leads workshop participants in simple, single movements common in taiji practice.
her unique trademark
approach, Shifu Matthews integrates neuroscience and her extensive knowledge
of anatomy with using mind intention and energetic awareness to move the
body. This is the essence of which distinguishes taijiquan from other
forms of martial arts, as well as other forms of exercise. She also incorporates
pieces in her training from other Chinese internal martial arts styles,
including xing-yi quan and lan shou quan. She also brings into the equation
her practice of medical qigong as well as a section of guided visualization
and meditation practice.
Order all three DVDs, 18 Circles for Power, Workshop Drills and Martial Qigong M-005- $59.95
Circles for Power, Mass, Speed & Freedom. Advanced Training Exercises
for Martial Power with Master George Xu.
Between moves he demonstrates with Shifu Matthews the move's application
and explains the internal details of his unique theory. You'll hear him
discuss nine keys or energy techniques, such as "shrink
and expand," "melt," "qi go through," "suck
in the legs and arms," "subconscious body," "space
power," "return to the baby," "pure internal,"
and the "third hand." Master Xu also talks about four types
of exercise, or levels of ability, developed during a life of martial
arts training, giving their names in Chinese as well as English.
Qigong with Master George Xu.
Drills and Lecture Out Takes with
Master George Xu.
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Basic and Advanced Training Exercises with Master George Xu
(Xu Guo Ming) at China
George Xu Lecture on Chen Style Taijiquan. Xu discusses using the energy of the predator in your practice. He lists eight things describing what Chinese internal martial arts are for him. The information in this video complements his Basic and Advanced Training DVDs to round out an up-to-date and comprehensive presentation of Master Xu's signature principles and applications. You probably can't find a more-comprehensive presentation in a single DVD. Length-59:16 min. $24.95.
Special Edition two-DVD set Celebrates 20 years of Hosting Visiting Teachers from China
In this Special Edition two-DVD set celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the George Xu Summer Camp at La Honda, California, Master George Xu and Master Yu Xiao Lin present single-move drills, qigong sets, and form demonstrations. Master Xu, who has hosted many masters from China every June in the serene coastal redwoods, was honored for his dedication to introducing traditional Chinese internal martial arts to practitioners in the United States. These special DVDs share in his effort to expand knowledge and practice of taijiquan and other internal martial arts in the West.
Each DVD in this two-DVD set is devoted to the lessons of each teacher. Masters Xu and Yu share diverse, yet complementary, information reflecting their backgrounds and teaching methods. Viewers can easily follow along as you would in an actual class session.
In Part One, Master Xu lectures on his “predator” theory to help participants understand key fighting principles: the four maximums—power, weight, speed and freedom; and the four “uns” un-understandable, un-resistible, unbreakable, and unpredictable. Master Xu’s lectures highlight Earth power, or the return of qi from the Earth, which each movement. This is not the highest level, he says, but it is one that many have a good chance of achieving. Also contained in the DVD is Master Xu leading Xing-Yi drills and an extensive number of basic movements. His repetitive and rhythmic drills are great exercises for loosening tight shoulders, for cultivating stronger connectivity, and allowing qi to flow. Master Xu also does two sessions of Huen Yuan Qigong, including 11 different circle movements each. He taught Chen Style broadsword during the camp, which he demonstrates at the end of Part One. He also demos the first section of his Chen Style form during the camp’s demo night.
In Part Two, Master Yu, who is 70 years old and has practiced traditional Chinese martial arts for 55 years, demonstrates several form styles, including Wu Style (Wu Yu Xiang), Chen Style (three variations, including a fa jing form) and the very old Yang Ban Hou and Yang Jiang Hou forms, which are little known even in China. Both forms come from the sons of Yang Lu Chan who developed the Yang Style form and system. Yang Jiang Hou has been called the historical “missing link” bridging Chen and Yang styles. In an indoor class setting, Master Yu also shows push hands principles of peng, liu, ji, an, li, tsai, shou, and cao. Assisted by students, he demonstrates variations in close-up detail for viewers to learn from. He also includes in his lessons eight walking drills that complement form training. Throughout camp, Master Yu emphasized relaxation (fang song), rounding out the five-day training with a qigong for health set of only four moves.
Both masters demonstrate applications of some of the movements practiced during class sessions and demonstrations. All in all, this DVD set is a great addition to the library of practitioners interested in Master Xu’s latest expressions of his predator theory in lecture and practice and in capturing rarely seen Yang Ban Hou and Yang Jiang Hou forms. Whatever your specific interests, you will be contributing to the continuing effort to preserve knowledge and practice of traditional Chinese internal martial arts. ©2009 $49.95."Short, but this little piece of the form shows a ton of the energetics that most practitioners will never get to experience. A.P."
Doctor Wang Zhi Xiang Lecture on Bamen Wu Bu at China Camp 2004
Dr. Wang gives a highly intellectual and informative lecture on the 12 elements required in taijiquan form and application. He describes and illustrates Bamen Wu Bu, eight-directional energetic force and the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water in taijiquan. This is one of the best, or perhaps the best lecture from both 2004 and 2007 camps (along with George's lecture described above). Expertly translated and interpreted by Paul Leu. You will want more after hearing this lecture. We recommend China Camp Out Takes 2004 (below) which contains his set of basic exercises and Yang Style Form. $24.95 plus S&H.
The Double Dragon Alliance 2009 Shanghai Training Camp 3 Volume Set. These videos help to clarify understanding of energy use in martial applications. Five master practitioner/teachers of Chinese internal martial arts: Master Liu Ji Fa, Master Shou Guan Shun, Master Ren Gang, Master Liu Hong Cai, and Master Wang Ming Bo each present approaches to cultivating and using energy that are truly unique and valuable for learners seeking their own path of understanding. Ms. Rose Oliver, a long-time Shanghai resident and practitioner of Chinese martial arts, translates. She and camp co-coordinator, Wang Ming Bo, have been dedicated to introducing masters who graciously share their knowledge obtained from decades of study in one or more styles of Taijiquan, Ba Gua, Lan Shou, Shaolin, and Xingyi. Learners from around the world can increase their knowledge and ability with the information presented. Produced by PT Richard in partnership with Susan A. Matthews (www.susanamatthews.com) and www.DoubleDragonAlliance.com.
'Thanks for producing these dvds, for the unselfish disclosure of martial arts knowledge by the masters, and good translation by Rose...Master Liu Hong Cai definitely deserves to have in his resume that he has the Chen transmission.' TLH, Maylasia
Vol 1A- Wang
Ming Bo (Yang Style) Morning
Vol 1B- Liu
Hong Cai (Chen Style). Introduction to Chen Style Silk Reeling:
Basic Exercises and Demonstrations
2 Master Liu Ji Fa at Double
Dragon Alliance 2009 Shanghai Camp. Three
Simple Wu Style Qigong Exercises.
Lecture, Demo, and Training the center of body. Master Liu gives a description of the dantien both as a point and as a field and emphasizes the importance of training the dantian. Master Liu's demonstrations, discussion and exercise leading complements the attention to energy given by others in the training camp. In push hands, he shows how he takes the energy of someone pushing on his chest through dantian then returning it to them once they are committed. This educational video is also very entertaining. Produced by Tim Richard.
3 Master Shou Guan Shun on
Shen Jen Ba Gua and Push Hands Internal Principles
Guan Shun (Yang Style) Shen Jin Ba Gu Stretching and Yang Style
Push Hands Basics
Zhen Liang on Chen Style Taijiquan.
Chang Lecture on Wu Style.
Ah Dong Lecture on Yang Style.
Demonstrations, Exercises and Field Trip Montage. This DVD contains demonstrations from China Camp 2004 in Shanghai and Souzhou, China. Traditional Wu with Xu Guo Chang; Wu Style with Wang Hao Da's student, Zang Xie Xing; Lan Shou with Wu Ji; Tong Bei Demo; Chen Style; Liu He Ba Fa with Yun Yin Sen, and more demonstrations. Yang Style Basics and Form with Dr. Wang Zhi Xiang, Tong Bei Style Basics and Form with Wu Mao Gui. Montage of scenes and sounds of our field trips. Includes Scene Selections for easy and quick navigation. Play whole movie or jump to your favorite sections. $24.95
China Camp '07 Form Demonstrations.
Forty-six martial artists from several disciplines and locations in China, USA, Italy, Germany, Norway, and Denmark perform their forms in this prestigious event. Names and styles are provided in titles of each performance, so you get to know who these accomplished martial artists are. Click Here to view list of names and styles. These DVDs are good additions to martial art instruction libraries for owners and operators of schools and businesses (martial art, as well as tai chi for health groups, qigong, etc.) and all who work to preserve Chinese internal martial arts practices and principles. Length: Disc One - 69 minutes; Disk Two - 61 min.. $39.95, plus S&H. Watch Wu Ji Lan Shou Demonstration here (1:39) and Lu Zhi Liang below (Yang Style, 4:32)