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The Internal Chinese Martial Arts - Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Bagua

Hsing-I Chuan (Mind-Shape Boxing)

Hsing-I is the oldest of the internal arts, appearing centuries before Tai Chi and used by combat soldiers in ancient China.

The foundation of Hsing-I is made up of five fist postures. In addition to these five short forms, Hsing-I incorporates many empty-hand forms, weapons forms, 12 short animal forms and longer forms that combine the fist postures and the 12 animals.

Hsing-I's intent is to drive through your opponent and take his ground. The art is known for its explosiveness, always driving forward.

Sifu Ken Gullette teaches Shanxi style Hsing-I.

Ken Gullette Chen Tai Chi

Tai Chi Chuan (Grand Ultimate Boxing)

Also spelled Taijiquan, Tai Chi was created around 350 years ago by Chen Wangting, of the Chen family's 9th generation. The current recognized leader of the Chen family--Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang--is the 19th generation.

Tai Chi was created with unique properties, among them silk-reeling energy. These spiraling movements have been lost in many tai chi schools, but are still evident and obvious in Chen style.

The energy of Tai Chi is like that of a large rubber ball. Punch into it and your fist may go into the ball as pressure builds, then the ball will spring your fist back at you. Tai Chi relaxes, adapts to incoming force, neutralizes that force and counter-attacks.

Sifu Ken Gullette teaches Chen style Tai Chi.


Baguazhang (Eight Trigrams Palm)

Baguazhang (also spelled Pa Kua Chang) is the newest of the three major internal arts. It was created in the mid-1800's by Dong Hai Chuan. It was based on circular walking, palm strikes, and silk-reeling energy (no doubt borrowed from Chen Tai Chi).

An attacker will find a Bagua fighter like a spinning wire ball. He punches into the ball, gets caught up in the wire and is spun out in any direction. Besides palm strikes, Bagua is known for fast footwork, constant changes, joint locks and throws.

Sifu Ken Gullette teaches Cheng style Baguazhang.


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