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New Release DVD

Classical Tai Chi – Tao of Martial Arts Applications
By Master Stephen Hwa

This DVD is much more than a compilation of examples of martial art application moves. It includes demonstrations of the tactics, the power source of the moves, and how one can learn to generate such moves. From these demonstrations, it is very apparent that Classical Tai Chi Form with the internal discipline is the foundation of martial arts applications. Conversely, these applications also illustrate the rationale behind key features of the Classical Tai Chi Form.

Topics covered in this DVD include:

  • Thirteen postures, or thirteen movements, and their applications, including: Cai (pick, yank or jerk), Peng (push, one inch punch), An (press down), Ji (squeeze, press), Lie (split), Zhou (elbowing), Kao (lean, shouldering), and Lu (step back and ward off).
  • Kicking applications.
  • Explanation of fa jing (most of those moves described above are fa jin moves).
  • How does one learn fajing.
  • Several variations of push hands are demonstrated: single hand, two hands, cooperative and competitive, two dimensional and three dimensional push hands.
  • The utilities of these push hands.
  • The key areas to focus when practicing these push hands.
  • What each of these exercises; Tai Chi Form practice, push hands, and sparring, or san shou, contribute to the learning of martial arts applications.
Frequently debated issues; body lean vs. body perpendicular, two feet parallel vs. back foot turn outward, and double heavy (body weight supported by both feet) vs. body weight on one foot, are further clarified.

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