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Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters

Note: Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters was reproduced with consent by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming and appears in his latest book "Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters", available May 1999. If you like this article The Dragon's List highly recommends this and all of Dr....

The Secret of Martial Power — Jin Training

Jin training is a very important part of the Chinese martial arts, but there is very little written on the subject in English. Theoretically, Jin can be defined as "using the concentrated mind to lead the Qi to energize the muscles and thus manifest the power to its...

Secrets of the use of Breath Chi (Chi Kung) in Shaolin Martial Practice

by Andrew Timofeevich Breathing exercises (qigong, breath chi, or chi kung) are one of the components the Shaolin Martial Art and breathing practices are united with combat arts. There is a saying: "Before a foot or hand strikes, comes Breath - Chi which is...

Herbs and Formulas

Besides treating illness, herbs and formulas build stronger vitality and promote longevity. Herbs can be a vital part in any training regiment and can supply the added boost to put your training at the top. But what is the correct role of herbal formulas in training?...

Lin Chih-Young

Grand Master Lin Chih-Young was born in 1935 in Nanking, Mainland China. His family relocated to Taiwan, Republic of China in 1948. He graduated with a degree in history from Tung-Hai University; his specialty was Chinese Philosophy and its influence in Chinese...

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Ch’ing Loong Wu

Ch’ing Loong Wu

Ch'ing Loong Wu (Golden Dragon Kung-Fu) originated from the Honan Temple. The Golden Dragon Style employs a unique style of fighting that is done almost entirely on the ground. A dragon master will leap at his victims, strike them with an array of fierce punches and kicks, and attempt to entangle...

Tai Chi Push Hands: Why?

Tai Chi Push Hands: Why?

Tai Chi Push Hands used to be one of the greatest training aids ever invented. However, over the years, those who could not or did not know how to fight, decided that they would substitute actual fighting methods and real self-defense with push hands. They trained and trained until they became...

Common Martial Arts Injuries

Common Martial Arts Injuries

The most common martial arts injuries are sprains, strains, cuts, and bruises. Broken bones also occur. These injuries frequently affect the knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow. Hands are particularly vulnerable to injury during striking martial arts.

Behind Every Good Non-Classical Martial Artist . . .

Behind Every Good Non-Classical Martial Artist . . .

As we become more and more advanced in our survival skills, we tend to use less and less techniques, rather preferring to stick with the tried and proven one or two in order to survive. But it’s the years of classical work that gives us this ability. In a real situation, and I don’t mean the odd drunk at a pub, a half of an inch step, balanced, here or there can mean the difference in life or death.

Cake and Kung-Fu, too? (thoughts on kung fu diet)

Cake and Kung-Fu, too? (thoughts on kung fu diet)

Practicing chi kung is an excellent way to restore yin-yang harmony. But one must practice genuine chi kung, i.e. exercises that involve not just form but also mind and energy. If you practice gymnastics or dance, which may be mistakenly called “chi kung”, you may acquire strength and stamina, or grace and elegance, but you may not necessarily acquire the yin-yang harmony that symbolizes the ability of your body to adjust to constantly changing environment.