Singapore Tai Chi Chuan


If the question had come from a young chap I would not be surprised. But for the question to come from someone nearing his 70s it was interesting to say the least.

Someone, X, visited me to find out more about learning Tai Chi. The first question…… click here to read more.

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Something to Chew On

Chanced upon this video in Youtube this morning :-


I am not going to debate who is right or wrong in this video. However, I have to say that Singapore is becoming increasingly violent with so many instances of fights breaking out.

If you don’t know how to defend yourself this is as good a time as any to go learn something. Who knows, the next Youtube video I see could be of you getting shoved around, perhaps even whacked hard. Not trying to scare you but life can be unpredictable.

When I saw this video I thought of the following :-

a) If you can’t fight don’t pick a fight

b) Words can be loud and threatening but ultimately its physical techniques that wins a fight

c) You can be heavier but a taller opponent can also have an advantage

d) If you must fight, use your advantage to the fullest

e) If you cannot control your own balance your technique will lack power

f) Uncontrolled strikes tend to miss and you risk exposing yourself to counterattacks

g) If you must shove your opponent learn how to do it properly



Real Life Push Hands

Did I just see a lot of opportunities in this situation to apply the type of techniques we practice in push hands?

This is an example of what I have been telling students about how to take advantage of being shoved to apply some interesting techniques if you ever find yourself in this situation.

Sad that people have to resort to violence but its an opportunity to learn for the rest of us.


Yang Style Small Frame Fajing Method 2

I once asked if Peng Jing is about expansion then what exactly is An Jing and no one has answered this questioned because I suspect the majority does not know the answer.

I once read a book on Yang style Tai Chi Chuan in which a ton of Jing were defined. At that time it was a wonderful discovery for me to know this information. But later I had to ask how useful would so many types of Jing be. Consider that you are doing push hands and your training partner suddenly feeds you a random technique. How do you decide which Jing to use within a split second out of the X number of Jings?

But then if Tai Chi Chuan is all about Peng Jing then what happens if your training partner has figured you out and can consistently prevent you from issuing Peng Jing? What then?

As you can see in the previous post we have 8 fundamental types of Jing in Yang style small frame Tai Chi Chuan. This is small enough a number for us to learn and yet retain the flexibility to allow us to have an answer to a wide variety of attacks. The more advanced Jing method is even simpler than this which goes to show that Tai Chi Chuan is an art that is at once straightforward yet highly complex underneath the elegantly simple exterior. This is what a true internal art is like.

So to answer the question I once asked – An Jing is the counterpart to Peng Jing. The various 8 jings originate from the rotation and expansion / contraction of the sphere. Bet you didn’t think of this, huh?



Yang Style Small Frame Fajing Method

I am sure many have read about the use of a sphere in Tai Chi Chuan but how do you really use it?

I have seen some try to use an actual ball made of stone or wood to train power but I don’t really see anything fantastic about this since it is basically a method based on training coordination and strength. For the secret Yang family small frame Tai Chi Chuan method a large mental sphere is used. You can see the depiction of the large mental sphere from my grandmaster Wei Shuren’s book.

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This is what I would term as a true internal method because the sphere only exists in your mind. However, through the careful training of intention you can actualize the force path to enable it to be used in the actual world.

Many have claimed their Tai Chi Chuan or whatever styles to be internal but they are still largely relying on external body mechanics to generate the power. Some also bandy the word intention about but try asking them to elucidate further and they have a problem defining what intention is exactly, how to train it and how to use it.

You still won’t be able to leap a tall building with a single bound or become the next UFC heavyweight champion after learning this method but you can spice up your push hands once you can use it.

Slash My Neck

For the fun of it I asked my student how he could respond to an imaginary machete cut aimed at his head. He demonstrated a response which would look good for a stage demonstration but for actual application is dangerous because its inviting a cut to the neck.

Sometimes, certain applications don’t look nice and fail to appeal to our idealized version of what constitutes correct application. More than a decade ago when Master Leong taught how to defend a swinging movement I didn’t think much of it because at that time I was still learning Wing Chun.

But today, when I look back what Master Leong taught is more practical because it dealt with a number of factors that are present in a strong, chopping move of a machete. For example if you do not use enough power in the cut, something common in class practice, you may think you can stop it. Try asking your partner to take a harder swing and you might find your defence crumbling.

This is why its fun to learn self defence techniques but given a choice to stand and fight or run, I urge students to run like the devil is on their tail.

Singapore Combat Tai Chi Chuan

Welcome to the new blog for Singapore Combat Tai Chi Chuan. I have decided to close down the previous blog at as I feel that readers are better served with a blog that just talks about Tai Chi. So if you want to read my writings on Wing Chun please visit the new blog on Wing Chun here.