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Exposing the Dead Angle

Upper CutHsing I Monkey Application

Left: A "Brush Knee" Application
Right: Xingyi's "Monkey Shape"

Exposing the "dead angle" can be a difficult undertaking against an attacker who has a strong centerline or has gained momentary leverage. On the left, a "Brush Knee" application exposes the dead angle, in order to control the spine of the opponent. T'ai Chi practitioners utilize a wide array of applications for Brush Knee: Anything from an Arm Drag combined with a perpendicular push to a Single Arm Wrap that evolves into a choke as demonstrated here. On the right, Xingyi's "Monkey Shape" exposes the "dead angle" by sliding by the opponent's attempt at a similar arm wrap, following them down to the ground, and mounting them from the back; in order to trap the shoulder with the least amount of force. The key is to expose the "dead angle" during the course of intercepting the opponent's attack or externalization of force, or during the process of neutralization. The latter of which very often occurs if the opponent stops or retreats during countering or change. The internal arts of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua help promote balance, circulation, and flexibility, and support self-defense with the least amount of force.

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Our Chi Kung Duo

We have combined two of our best stand alone Chi Kung instructional videos to create the Chi Kung Duo (Ancient vs. Modern). The Swimming Dragon Chi Kung, is thought to have originated with the Yellow Emperor, and, with one look at its shapes and simplicity of movements (based on the Five Elemental Phases) it's easy to conclude that this may very likely be something special that has survived the ages-not to mention the fact that some people swear by the wonders it does for their spine and posture. The Soaring Crane Chi Kung was created by Zhao Jin Xiang in the 1970s, and is one of the most popular forms of Chi Kung the world over. With its specific focus on therapeutic points, patience, and stillness in movement, it rivals the chi cultivation sets of the ancients. The unique "sixth section" (or, Advanced Meditation) is a marvel amongst any and all Chi Kung practices. While we don't advocate practicing two types of Chi Kung at the same time, these two popular and useful forms of Chi Kung practice, that we have combined in the "Chi Kung Duo" are certainly worth utilizing to compare, contrast, and ultimately cultivate.