Tai Chi Chuan - Internal Kung Fu
Simon Wong has mastered both the Small & Large Circle
styles of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan. Master Wong studied the Small
Circle style with Master Chen, including the advanced fighting
techniques of the style. He learnt the Large Circle Style, from
Chu, founder of the ITCA which has many schools across Europe.
Master Chu learned from Grandmaster Yang Sow-Chun, from whom the
of Tai Chi originates.
Tai Chi Chuan means "Supreme Ultimate Boxing System" -
the most advanced of the internal styles of Kung Fu. It is a set
of exercises developed by Chang San Fung in 960 - 1126 A.D to bring
the body, mind & spirit together. He incorporated a system of
deep breathing with the Shaolin Kung Fu techniques of 'Marrow Washing'
& 'Sinew Changing' based on Taoist principles. He developed
a style beneficial to health and which could protect a practitioner
in combat. However, the real purpose of Tai Chi was to achieve enlightenment.
The fighting application of this kung fu style is to yield under
force neutralising the attacker's energy, then counterattack using
an unyielding force of great power & speed. In Yellow Dragon
Fist Kung Fu we use Small & Large Circle Yang Style Tai Chi.
The Large circle style mainly promotes health, relaxation and soft
chi, which later leads to Fa Jing - discharging energy - the secret
of Yang style. The small circle Tai Chi is one of the most advanced
kung fu systems of today and is known by very few people. It utilises
small compact external movements but with maximum power generated
Today most tai chi masters now break down Tai Chi into its component
parts for health and exercise, forgetting its origins.
This corruption of the art of Tai Chi Chuan began in the Ching Dynasty.
Many Tai Chi masters stopped teaching the fighting aspect of Tai
Chi in light of weapons advances around this period, and began to
consider the health aspects as being more beneficial to the Tai
Chi practitioner. Unfortunately, a little knowledge or an incomplete
style can be a dangerous thing, particularly in Tai Chi or indeed
any of the martial arts.
It is now very rare to find a master teaching Tai Chi Chuan for
fighting and virtually unheard of to find a Tai Chi master who
the additional element of spiritual cultivation into the Tai Chi
syllabus. Master Simon Wong is such a Tai Chi master.
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