Author Archives: Andrew Shinn

Forging Taizu Quan

In our practice of Six Harmonies Boxing (六合拳 – Liùhé Quán) we use iron rings as conditioning tools.  We had a batch made locally and this video is a playful look at part of the forging process used on the rings … Continue reading

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Soft Preparation, Hard Strike

Softly prepare to strike hard! More literally this phrase can be translated as: “Softly gather qi, solidly strike.” There are two primary ways this phrase can be interpreted in martial arts.  The first pertains to training, while the second refers to … Continue reading

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Striving for Natural Movement

Practiced thousands of times, the body method becomes natural. Gōngfu (功夫) – skill acquired through effort – practicing thousands of times.  This is the foundation of martial arts training, as we should all know painfully well! Zìrán (自然) – natural – this … Continue reading

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Wiggling the Waist

One who practices boxing without being able to wiggle the waist freely will never reach a high level of skill. More waist motion!  How many times did I hear that when I first started learning kung fu from my teacher, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Leg Training

One who practices boxing without training the legs will spend his life rashly. My first post in this series discussed the fundamental importance of static stance training in Chinese Martial Arts.  Stances are body organization paradigms, and treat the whole … Continue reading

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