Tajiquan (Taiji or Tai Chi) and Baquazhang
(Baqua or Pa Kua) are perhaps the most famous Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Chinese Martial Arts
are known as Gungfu, Gong Fu or Kung Fu in Chinese and Chugoku Kenpo in
Japanese. All Gong Fu are divided into two main categories: External and
Internal. Generally, the External Arts trace their lineage to the Original
Shaolin Temple and the Internal Arts trace theirs back to Wudang mountain. There
is no agreement on what makes an art internal or external. I believe the
difference is how each style utilizes your flow of Qi or life energy.
If the art makes your Qi
flow more deeply into your body's tendons, ligaments and bones, then it is an
internal art. If the art makes your energy flow closer to the surface of your
body and primarily into your large muscles, it is an external art.
All of the Chinese Internal
Arts promote internal changes in our bodies. Regular practice of Taijiquan and
Baguazhang, just like any good
our strength, flexibility, range of motion, bone density.
Enhance the function of our immune system.
Detoxify and improve the circulation in our lymph
Improve our posture and our senses of balance and
Increase our concentration.
My focus in the Chinese Martial Arts or Kung Fu is
the Internal Arts of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) as taught by
Master Chen Wei Gun.
It has much in common with Ninpo Taijutsu; and Bagua as taught by
Soke (Grandmaster) Shoto Tanemura*
It has much in common with Jujutsu.
I teach the following
Taijiquan (Tai Chi) routines:
The physical, energetic and spiritual origins of Taiji and Bagua are the subject of long debates. However, I
believe their essence is "Harmony with the Way Things Are." To be effective and
to reach a high level of practice in either of these internal arts, you must be
able to harmonize your own energy with that of your uncooperative opponent. Your
Yin and Yang with that of another person's Yin and Yang. In order to achieve
this, you must first understand and then control your own energy flows. Then,
you can begin to sense and then to control your opponent's energy. It requires
mindfulness. It requires calmness. It requires balance and harmony. It requires
determination, will power and the proper instruction. You can achieve all of
this. And with luck-maybe more. All of these skills are also in High Level Ninpo
and Jujutsu. They may not be emphasized as much in the Japanese Arts; but, they
are there and need to be mastered in order to achieve the higher levels of
accomplishment in these Arts also.
style 24, competition 40 and the 88
The combined 42 and 48 competition routines
Wu competition form
Chen style short routine
32, 42 and Wudang Gim/Jian (sword) routines
Push Hand routines
San Shou (free fighting)
his Chugoku Kenpo or Gungfu, Soke Shoto Tanemura teaches Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang, Bagua, or Pa Kua)
and its related self-defense drills from GrandMaster's
Li Zi Ming's lineage. He learned the art from Grandmaster Li Zi Ming's direct
disciple Grandmaster Sato Kinbei.
I teach the first section of this art, which includes Qigong, the first two sets of Palm Changes (Circle Walking) and Chin Na.
These are wonderful compliments to Master Chen's Taijiquan (Tai Chi).