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The basic gongfu (kungfu) training of Chinese martial arts should include stretching
practice, flexibility practice, force practice, rooting practice, step practice, and basic
movement practice. Master Wang Peisheng teaches several very good practice
routines which are very good for building up the practitioners' basic gongfu. They can
be consider the fundamental of YCGF training. There are three main forms we teach
in YCGFA-NAH.
Chen Jin Ba Gu Shi San Shi
(Stretching Tendons And Bones Thirteen Postures)
Stretching Tendons And Bones Thirteen Postures (Chen Jin Ba Gu Shi San Shi) is a form for stretching practice.
It offers a complete system to stretch every parts of the body. When people practice it, the most important thing is
keep the body relax. People should do everything slow because fast movement can easily hurt the body. People
can repeat each movement over and over again, usually at least three times. Every time when people finish this
form, they should do kicking practice, it is called swing legs (
Liu Tui). There are seven kind of kicks. This practice
can help people to relax, recover, and reduce the chance for injury. It is very important for stretching practice.
People always said: if you just practice stretch but not swing legs, you are a rash guy.
This form belongs to Tantui (Spring Leg) style. Grandmaster Wang Peisheng studied it from his Tantui Master
Zhang Yulian when he was 13. In YCGFA-NAH, we teach this form.
Tantui
(Spring Leg)
Master Zhang Yulian was very famous martial arts master with Tantui -
Spring Legs. His nick name is
Gou-Tang Zhang because he had
excellent skill of
Gou and Tang, which are two special weapons in
Tantui group. He was the oldest brother of seven famous martial arts
blood brothers in Beijing. When he was young, he did a lot of security
and police work. His
qing gong was really good. He could pass over a
high wall and go up the roof of a big house very quickly. He was a
Muslim. In the old days, Chinese Muslims always kept some high level
techniques secret. Tantui is a big and a very famous style which
includes many things. It was separated to two styles, Jiaomen (Muslim)
style and Shaolin style. But the famous sentence said: "From Nanjing to
Beijing, the best Tantui skills come from Jiaomen." This kind of gongfu
needs people with very good basic kungfu, so the training is very
rigorous. Grandmaster Wang Peisheng studied Tantui from 13 years
old. When he joined Master Zhang's group, many young kids were in it.
They practiced diligently and always demonstrated in many places. The
main things in the style are Ten Section Spring Legs' Kickings which is
the prime skill of this style, Six Short Forms, Ten Section
Cha Quan
forms, and
Gou, Jue, Tang, Dei - four kinds of special weapons.
Master Wang studied all of these. Studied with Master Zhang gave
Master Wang really rigorous basic gongfu training. It produced big
benefit for his whole lift.
In YCGFA-NAH, we teach Ten Section Kicking Skills of Tantui. It is the most important part of Tantui style.
Zhanzhuang
(Pile Standing)
Zhan means Standing. Zhuang means a pile, post, or pole. Zhanzhuang or Pile Standing means stand with a fix
posture, like a pile, for a length of time. Practicing Zhanzhuang is traditional, popular, and useful way for developing
internal thing in tradational Chinese martial arts. Almost every style teaches some kind of such practice. There are
two kind of Zhanzhuang practice. One is Jing Zhuang where the practitioner holds the same position until done.
The outside movement may not be changed during that time. The other is Dong Zhuang where the practitioner
holds the same position for of most the time but can do some simple and slow movements during that time.
Practice Zhanzhuang can give you many benefits. Besides health bemefits, it also develop your rooting, internal
force, relaxation, focusing the mind, moving Qi, and many others. In YCGFA-NAH, we practice and teach several
different Zhanzhuang methodes.
Taizu Changquan
(Taizu Long Fist)
Zhao Guangyin was the first emperor of Song Dynasty (960 - 1279). Out of respect he
was called Song Taizu, which means the great founder of the Song Dynasty. When he
was young, the country was in turmoil; and many kings and warlords carved up the
country. Zhao and his elder sworn brother Chai Rong led a revolted together. Zhao was
a highly talented general with superior martial arts skill. He and Chai led their army
against the other generals in the war. Finally they won several major battles which save
them control of the whole country. They built a new a kingdom called the Zhou Dynasty
with Chai as the new emperor. In the war, Zhao's martial arts skill earned him a good
reputation. Most people, especially the generals and soldiers, trusted him. After Chai
died, the people dethroned Chai's son and made Zhao became the new emperor. Thus,
the Zhao Dynasty changed to the Song Dynasty.
Song Taizu Zhao Guangyin
People said Zhao made a bare hand martial arts form called the Thirty-two Posture Long Fist Form. It is usually
called Taizu Chang Quan (Long Fist) out of respect for him. This form is for training the techniques of external
gongfu. It is spread wide and far. But it has gone through many changes over its more than one thousand years
history. People have added to it, reformed it, and even made their own forms with this famous name. Today there
are many different forms with this name making it impossible to know which one is the original.
From the Song Dynasty, there were two important concepts in martial arts, Chang Quan and Duan Da. Chang
Quan means long form, where many techniques are linked in a form. It is very artistic and good for developing the
practitioner's basic gongfu. Duan Da means short form, which is to combine a few techniques and practice them
repeatedly. It is for training fighting techniques. In traditional training, people practiced the long form first. During
that time, they do not practice fighting techniques. There main focus was to develop their basic gongfu. Then they
take each technique from the long form and study how to use it; this is called Chai Shou. Usually their
understanding is the purpose rather than hard practice. Finally, they combine some single techniques together,
called Duan Da. This practice is for real fighting training. Some people even think Chai Shou and Duan Da are
similar, so Chai Shou is included in the Duan Da.
The form in our group is a little bit different from the others. In our form both Chang Quan and Duan Da ideas are
included. All thirty-two postures are linked to make a long form, but it can also be separated into eight sections.
Each section is just like a Duan Da. There are four postures in each section and one of them is a kicking skill. When
you study this form, you can practice each section separately. When you can do each section well, then link them
together and practice it as a long form. Then you can go back to study the applications with short combinations. This
approach can help you master a long form easily and improve your understanding of fighting skills.
Grandmaster Wang got this form from the Taoist monk Wang Daoyi about fifty years ago. In YCGFA-NAH, we teach
this form.
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Grandmaster Wang Peisheng
demonstrated Tantui in 1982