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 utilize an urban strategy in feudal times, integrated with a holistic philosophy towards fighting. The approach is rooted in nuanced biomechanics & factual research. Feudal Bajiquan and Beijing Chen descend from the same sources in the Ming Dynasty- separated in the early 20th century during the 1928 Fitness Reform. Our organization cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan with Beijing Chen Taijiquan for a comprehensive understanding of the factual Ming era systems. *ACT features FEUDAL BIOMECHANICS TRAINING to enhance connections between the motor cortex and the body- for the scholar or athlete. *We also emphasize historical accuracy and REAL-WORLD SELF DEFENSE for the warrior. Well-preserved feudal systems retain elite biomechanics, honed through battles of ancient dynasties. The sophisticated and scientific body mechanics are still practical for all walks of life.
FEUDAL CHEN TAIJIQUAN: The concepts in origin, are based on Ming General Qi Jiguang treatise- 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 fight with minimal force (often utilizing modern instruments essential to the terrain). The art of self-defense with the least amount of fighting 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 elite professionals 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 martial approach. Unarmed boxing methods (feudal Bajiquan) is supplemented with the Chen Taijiquan Lao Jia routines in early dynasties… There are numerous inaccuracies in the current Tai Chi interpretation with unrealistic claims, stemming from the second wave of sports modifications in the mid-20th century. 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. 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. Gongfu Jia Chen Taijiquan consists of more complex and obvious internal spiraling, fierce short range power release, transitions, and dynamic body skill. Beijing Chen utilizes the ancient deductive approach of martial movement: from a single movement to different techniques. 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). Feudal 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, ancient biomechanics, feudal wrestling, with factual weapons training and feudal insight. Ancient Chen Tai Chi cross-trains Wutan Bajiquan.
Kuan Wu Wang is a 20th Generation practitioner/ historian of Beijing Style Chen Taijiquan (Chen Fake, Zhaokui Line/ Gongfu Jia), Bajiquan (Liu Yun Qiao Line) and founded the Feudal 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 Baguazhang. 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.
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- MONTHLY TRAINING: Private workshop once a month (2 Hours in Length): $100 – (Individual training in Framework/Historical Routines, Biomechanic Concepts, Strategy, and Feudal Insight) – The course alternates between solo training and comprehensive partner work/martial applications with a training partner here (Martial Concepts, Empty-Hand Strategy, Feudal Weapons, Urban Self-Defense) “$50 for first introductory workshop” ≡The Distance Monitoring Program is recommended to supplement live training≡
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