Martial Mind

ACT offers feudal biomechanics and calisthenics programs for the scholar- for those with a modern holistic approach to authentic martial arts training, minus the combative elements.

Enhance human performance with ancient neuromechanics, training historical “body skill” with martial psychology.  Factual Chinese “internal” martial arts- develop distinct core muscle control, also known as the ancient Chinese military commander’s waist.  The feudal body method/dantian mechanics functions under stress, building efficiency in martial dynamics. The dantian is the energy center powerhouse in Internal Martial Art practitioners, located about three fingers width below the navel. Feudal Tai Chi practitioners coordinate breath with distinct rotations of the muscle groups surrounding the lower abdominal and kidney areas. This unique mind-body connection heightens cognition and coordination with fluidity.  In feudal times, the commander’s waist (dantian method) is regarded as a crucial muscle group for Chinese Knights. A dynamic and thicker waist can provide additional protection of the spine, and auxiliary force to the core muscles. Feudal Biomechanics improve the habitual movement patterns that are inefficient in contemporary times.  Elite calisthenics teaches new patterns using powerful, sophisticated and repeated movement. The feudal body mechanics benefits modern self-defense and exercise therapy.

Frame Work

Our programs are categorized with a modern athletic approach (focus on strength/ conditioning and mechanics minus historical routine work) or with a feudal approach (concise or comprehensive historical routine work integrated with all martial aspects).

Experience ancient kinetics and elegance of Medieval Chen Tai Chi Chuan and Wutan Bajiquan. Explore martial concepts and historical framework of feudal Taijiquan/ Bajiquan. The systems of internal science is a centuries-old evolution of Ming Dynasty military treatise, branching from the methodology of General Qi Jiguang in mid 16th century. The Chen Tai Chi/ Bajiquan routines specialize in historical “body skill” which develop distinct muscular control, utilizing spiraling force combined with medieval empty-hand and armed fighting strategy. Frames may train slower pace for precision with muscular layering- emphasizing shocking power and explosive release of energy, coordinating movement and torque of the entire body. The Chen Tai Chi Chuan/ Bajiquan framework develops the body as if it is steel wrapped in cotton, capable of adaptive flexibility and stopping power in the modern or medieval era. Wutan Bajiquan of the Liu Yun Qiao line is the foundation for Bajiquan framework (Xiao Baji/ Da Baji/ Linking/ Liu Da Kai). Xin Jia routine of Beijing Chen (foundational)- contains Qing Dynasty non-armored techniques integrated with Ming era armored foundation. Xin Jia is generally more advanced and practical, for modern practitioners who do not wear body armor on a daily basis.  Chen Fake’s system is unique from Chen Village style Taijiquan- due to its integration of BAJIQUAN elements popular among armed escorts of the late Qing and Republic of China era. Both medieval Chen Taijiquan and Bajiquan descend from feudal Shaolin in the armor days.

Martial Concepts

ACT provides a modern or feudal approach to martial applications- with insight unparalleled in contemporary Internal Martial Arts culture.

Apply principals of movement and function, using refined mechanics to redirect outside forces.  Activate the psychology of Chen Tai Chi/ Bajiquan application with proper historical context- using leverage and feudal structures to neutralize outside forces. Taijiquan is a sophisticated system of martial physics, utilizing nuanced martial strategy and body mechanics. However, medieval Tai Chi Chuan was not labeled as Tai Chi during Ming and early Qing Dynasty- feudal Bajiquan is originally one system trained with Chen Longfist (before the Tai Chi branding in the 1920s).  With such an ancient system, it is natural for the routines to have lost its original intent/ context in the modern commercial world of Tai Chi Chuan. The old masters have forgotten- we are here to remind them.  Muscular rotations are developed with a focus on the micro and macro levels- for precision control of joint-lock techniques and polearm usage.  Subtle movements and flex methods are used to zoom in/enhance natural biomechanics of martial structures- to supplement civilians and soldiers. Taiji emphasizes technical concepts of rooting, redirecting and following, sticking with an opponent (especially important when the hands are already grasped) spiraling every joint in the human body with gear-like control. The ancient classics describe Taijiquan as an art capable of deflecting thousand pounds of force with four ounces of strength, through the understanding of complex internal mechanics and practical modern psychology with feudal strategy. Beijing Gongfu Jia and Bajiquan strategy are dominant in short-range boxing. Due to the short distance, there are fast, rigid and fierce movements, much more practical for the modern era. Research and explore into the feudal world of Chen Tai Chi Chuan reunited with Bajiquan- rediscover the ancient functionality of applications in the Beijing Chen (Old/New Frames) Taiji and Wutan Bajiquan Systems.