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Capturing the Elbow I

Shake Leg, Stretch Down Chen style App

Left: Chen Style's "Shake Leg, Stretch Down"
Right: Xingyi's 12 Animals "Monkey Takes the Leash"

The best way to capture the elbow is both with position and the opponent’s momentum. Chen Style Taijiquan uses Chan Su Jin or, Silk Reeling Cocoon Energy to both neutralize and redirect the opponent’s aggression, while Xingyi uses linear structures to absorb the opponent’s force and upset their central equilibrium. Both styles engage the opponent’s aggression with lightness and sensitivity, maintain contact, and exploit weaknesses in the opponent’s situation.

ATai WuBOOK

Explore Nei Jia Kung Fu, Bagua Mother Palms, and 12 Animals Applications

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T’ai Chi of the Wu Style! This compilation features the life's work of Dr. Ma Yueh Liang and Wu Ying Hua, Wu Chian Chuan's eldest daughter. Our increasingly popular T’ai Chi of the Wu Style Video Series presents instruction for the Wu Simplified form created by Ma and Wu in the early 80s, as well as Applications and demonstrations by Wu Ying Hua and Gerald A. Sharp. The Book and Video Combo, is Now Available, joining both the text and the visual for comprehensive study.

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Comprehensive Chi Kung

Chi Kung, of the Wu Style written by Gerald A. Sharp and Patricia Kessler Since producing the video series in 2006, we have had several requests to provide more information on the rare Wu Style Tai Chi Chi Kung. Now for the first time in print in any language, this comprehensive practice is available in book form. The Chi Kung is organized in two series: The Eight Methods and the Five Elements both of which are inter-related, yet address various aspects of chi flow and connective tissue enhancement. With over 300 illustrations, it is published in a horizontal format with a wire binding, in order to make it easy to stand up; much like an easel for easy reference during practice. Also check out our Chi Kung, of the Wu Style Video Series for more information on this profound and highly useful Chi Kung practice, as well as a Special joining both the book and the video series.