Welcome to the Durango Tai Chi online store and the first video available for download. I have been producing videos since 2002 when I worked with Susan Matthews, ND, and Master George Xu to film step-wise lessons for the Cao Quan (second section of Lan Shou Quan). On this page you can download directly to your computer.
Read about this video’s contents below. In two hours, beginners to advanced practitioners and teachers can get enough new single-basic moves and concepts to keep you learning for weeks.
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The Back Story
By Paul Tim Richard
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Whether you’re interested in kungfu for martial arts or taijiquan for health and well-being, chan shi jing, or spiral training, is a foundational exercise in which you can develop great muscle toning from feet to hands and a powerful coiling force. It is especially useful in push hands two-person practice (Tui Shou). In this most recent instructional video, Master George Xu demonstrates about 20 basic moves and describes them from the point of view of chan shi jing steeped in his Predator Theory of Movement.
This two-volume video totals two-hours in length and is available with English subtitles. In two hours, you can get enough new single-basic moves and concepts for your practice to keep you busy for weeks. Plus, Master Xu vigorously demonstrates a variety of two-person fighting moves with (on!) his 15-year student, Tim Richard, and one of his oldest female students, Susan A. Matthews.
In Part One, Master Xu talks about his thoughts and explanations of Chan Shi Jing as it applies in his Predator Theory and his approach to fighting applications. As a foundation, cha shi jing is basic part of the process of training for fighting. He shows how you can practice chan shi jing as snake, python, or his preferred practice style: “tiger style,” which his talks about at length.
In Part Two, Master Xu leads 20 stationary and walking drills that you can follow along with. He breaks down moves and demonstrates with Tim and Susan how he applies his theory to each one in a two-person, fighting practice; or, what he calls “testing.”
Shot completely in a studio setting this footage was taped before a weekend workshop hosted annually in Cortez by Shifu Susan A. Matthews and Tim Richard. It condenses a 2 ½ day workshop into two hours of intensive training.
One unique addition to his documented body of knowledge is how a single-basic movement in chan shi jing can be practiced and applied. For example, he shows a few ways you can move the elbow in chan shi jing. This “middle” chan shi jing can be done in different directions, or “dimensions.” He provides many other examples.
Viewers can undoubtedly pick up new moves, as well as concepts for doing them, through the lens of spiral training, or silk reeling, as it is also called. Intermediate to advanced practitioners, interested in the applications of basic moves in tai chi, xing-yi and bagua, can pick up some useful techniques as Master Xu breaks down familiar basic moves, and even a sequence or two of moves, into their individual components.
What sets the information in the video apart from previous Xu videos is the increased explication on the use of muscles in martial arts, which we found to be very useful in our applications. Our students are getting a lot from this information, as well. In the past, Master Xu had mentioned the role of muscles to get better connected and develop a more powerful posture. In this footage, he goes more in-depth with muscle training than we have seen before. As he says, usage of “different muscles create different forces.”
“Because you use different muscles you create a different force.”
In describing the effectiveness of his system, Master Xu compares the use of muscles in chan shi jing across different martial arts, such as taiji, bagua, xing-yi. Many moves he does come from these, not just from taijiquan.
He also compares taiji to other fighting styles, such as MMA and boxing, in regard to organization, speed and effectiveness. He describes one technique as a “rolling” force or an “infinity” technique for engaging with an opponent. “One, not one-two,” for example.
He even covers muscle use in sports activities, such as basketball, soccer, and weightlifting.
Xu explains “space power” in a way we have not heard him describe before. “Maybe only less than 100 people in whole world play this game,” he says. Referring to a famous Pavlov experiment on “conditioning and reflex” in which, upon feeding dogs after a bell was rung, they began salivating whenever they heard a bell ring. In Xu’s application, the body reflects a change in space automatically and you move your opponent. He calls this “correspondence.”
“Martial arts has five possibilities,” according to Master Xu as he describes his “style” of fighting: arm, vertical force or zhong ding, body art, space power, and “scientific” force. All of which comprise his system called Xin Tian Ling Kong Shen Shi.
One key piece of information Master Xu brings out in the video is the need for practitioners to change how they use the arms to be more effective in martial arts. He has talked about this in part during in-person workshops, but this may be the first time his take on it is captured to video. We think you’ll want to watch it and study the content several times over.
Master Xu has visited SW Colorado yearly for about 20 years to work with many learners: from long-term students to taijiquan newcomers. It’s always educational, fun, and entertaining. We are grateful for his presence in our lives and training.
About Paul T. Richard
Paul Tim Richard has worked to document martial arts practices and theory through his Masters from China video series since 2002 when he began working with Shifu Dr. Susan Matthews and Master George Xu on an educational video to make public Master Xu’s teaching of the Cao Quan section of the Lan Shou Quan form. Learn more at mastersfromchina.com which is maintained by Dr. Matthews.