≡Historical Taijiquan is unlike anything in the kungfu cinemas, nor similar to the mainstream “internal” interpretation popular in modern culture. The “internal martial arts” with the branding of BAGUA, XINGYI, TAIJI, branched directly from folk tradition in the Peking Opera at the fall of Qing Dynasty (1900). Modern Chen Taijiquan instruction from China is modified for cultivation and sports after the 1928 fitness reform. The original teachings of Chen Wangting have Ming Dynasty military roots in feudal times, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting. Medieval Chen Taijiquan (Gongfu Jia) is clearly distinct from the modern “gentle exercise” version. The approach is rooted in nuanced biomechanics & factual research. Beijing Gongfu Jia Taijiquan is much older in history than most commercialized Taijiquan of today.≡ The concepts in origin, are based on Ming General Qi Jiguang treatise- contrary to the element philosophies of the Yin and Yang of modern Tai Chi instruction. The “internal” methods exist in the feudal era, however, the psychology and approach are similar to Sun Tzu’s Art of War- achieving victory through flexibility/ strategy, winning the battle with minimal force (often utilizing modern weapons essential to the terrain). The art of fighting with the least amount of combat necessary, for victory and peace. All levels of practitioners are welcome- we are a research-based organization dedicated to preserving feudal Chinese Kungfu. The training group here is chivalrous, disciplined, scholarly, and easy going. Popularized in the Forbidden City of Beijing, feudal Taijiquan was adapted for the Imperial Court during the mid – 1800’s, and utilized by military and armed escorts of Imperial China for real-world self-defense- later (Supreme Ultimate Fist) modified into qigong, sporting practice, and health cultivation for the masses. The modern interpretation of Chen Tai Chi Chuan is adapted for mind-body, sports practice in 1928- the overall style of instruction was modified and standardized to stylistically blend with Yang Tai Chi due to its established popularity as a royal exercise. Medieval Chen Tai Chi Chuan differs in biomechanics and martial strategy- Chinese Scholars and historians have published numerous articles in the past two years- revealing the “misconceptions” of factual Chen Tai Chi Chuan history in today’s Tai Chi culture… Differing from the mainstream view of Taijiquan’s passive and pure yielding nature, the original methods are more balanced in its practical approach. Researchers now credit the overemphasis of soft, push hands culture to the way the art was taught within the Royal Court to the Imperial Families/ as it would not be favorable for Taiji masters to injure a frail member of the Royal lines during martial art instruction. Push Hands in origin were designed to supplement weapons use/ context, as opponents in ancient times were mostly armed- Chen Taijiquan is utilized by military officials and militia in origin. Factual Chen Taijiquan empty-hand push hands descend from Song Dynasty military Sumo wrestling- as China is the original source of Sumo. There are numerous inaccuracies in the current Tai Chi interpretation with unrealistic claims- this negatively impacts the original applications and strategy. Medieval (Gongfu Jia) Chen Tai Chi Chuan is characterized as a sophisticated martial art, utilizing nuanced martial strategy and body mechanics, integrated with a high-level approach of martial intent. Muscular rotations are developed with the focus on the micro and macro levels of kinetics and structure. The ancient armed strategy now lost in translation- is contained within the now perceived empty-hand structures. The weapons also vary from modern schools in Chen Village. In feudal martial applications, Chen Taijiquan enhances natural physics using the leverage of joints and bone structure, coordinated with distinct psychology, to neutralize or initiate movements (emphasis on factual historical weapons- as even the Eight Methods are extracted from ancient Ming armed practice- differing greatly from the Peking Opera sword/sabers with tassel which did not exist in Ming era). Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan consists of more complex and obvious internal spiraling, fierce short range power release, transitions, and dynamic body skill. Historical Chen Taijiquan is labeled as Chen Longfist/ Cannonfist- influenced greatly by Taizu Changquan. The routine and footwork of Chen Taijiquan before the 1920s is more dynamic, with agile footwork contrary to the flat-footed modern style. Feudal Taijiquan flows the power and transitions, different from the 1928 slow-qigong style. Chen Fake’s Taijiquan differs greatly from the modern Chen Village styles due to its BAJIQUAN integration standard in Qi Jiguang military treatise and armed escort strategy of the late Qing and Republic of China era. Feudal Bajiquan and Chen Taijiquan are feudal Shaolin- both systems descend from the same Ming Dynasty military treatise. The Beijing internal methods are now viewed by many to predate the modern “Old Frame” style of training in Chen Village Taijiquan. It is common for practitioners in Beijing (the Capital of China) to practice only Xin Jia, (or what many now consider the New Frame). Medieval Chen Taijiquan emphasizes training from both the Chen Fake and Zhaokui line, which presents an accurate representation of Chen Style Taijiquan before it nearly disappeared in Chen Village in the mid-1900s. The feudal methods contain both Ming Dynasty armored and Qing Dynasty non-armored strategy, empty-hand technique, Song era Sumo wrestling, with factual weapons ranging from Changdao to Lance.
Kuan Wu Wang is a 20th Generation practitioner/ researcher of Beijing Style Chen Taijiquan (Chen Fake, Zhaokui Line/ Gongfu Jia) and founded the Feudal Taijiquan Research Organization in Austin, Texas. He has spent numerous years dedicating his life to preserving medieval Chinese martial arts. Kuan Wu has studied internationally under the guidance of prestigious lineage carriers for Tai Chi Chuan, Bajiquan, and Shaolin. Kuan has trained intensively in Beijing under the guidance of 19th Generation lineage carriers for Beijing Chen Tai Chi Chuan and Chen Village Styles, including Chen Yu.
About Classes & Rates: We Specialize in Private Training
≡Private Courses (Individual Training in Martial Principals/ Historical Routines/ Advanced Biomechanics/Feudal Insight) – You will have a training partner for Martial Applications (Self-Defense Strategy, Empty-Hand/Feudal Weapons Approach, are taught only with a partner.)≡
Basic Monthly Programs: First Introductory Private Lesson $45 (1 Hour in Length)
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