The spinal crank is an effective technique that is used by a variety of martial arts, and, if applied precisely, can be highly effective in controlling an opponent’s center of gravity with the least amount of effort or force. These two applications present an interesting contrast of the styles. While Baguazhang is more circular, in this case, the application appears more linear, because the Lake Palm in application often favors the segments of an octagon (inscribed in a circle). Xingyiquan, on the other hand, is linear, more direct and uses tighter angles to upset the opponent’s central equilibrium. However, the Tiger employs an angular orientation off the centerline, and very often utilizes an arc to control the opponent’s center. Regardless of their differences or similarities, both styles engage the opponent’s aggression with lightness and sensitivity, and while maintaining contact, exploit weaknesses in the opponent’s situation.
The T’ai Chi Power Combo! Our T’ai Chi Power Combo combines Two Complete Video Series in One: The Power Push Hands Video Series (Single Hands, Double Hands, Moving Push Hands, and Self-Defense Concepts) with The Wu T’ai Chi Power Training Video Series (includes 3 Wu Style T’ai Chi Inner Door Sets, Hand and Spear Power Cultivation, Deriving Power from Form’s Practice, and Integrating Power in Push Hands)
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.