Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Memphis Tai Chi Curriculum

Your acupuncture treatment is greatly enhanced by the practice of Tai Chi Chuan. It develops coordination, leg strength, balance, etc. You also develop enhanced sensitivity and awareness of your body and mind. Please read this post to find out more info regarding our Wudang Tai Chi Lineage.

The Sullivan Acupuncture/Memphis Internal Arts curriculum includes a 12 posture form in the style of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan. I have been working on this form with Ping for about 2 years now. The body mechanics are very intricate. I posted a previous clip of him performing some movements. Please view those for more in depth review. Here is a short article I found on the web tonight that talks about the Sun style connection to Wudang Tai Chi Chuan. The link (editors note: I can't find the authors link) to the original article can be found here.

Yeh Da-Mi, (1888-1973), also called Bai-Ling, was born in the city of Wen Cheng, ZheJiang province. His family had been famous for many generations for their knowledge and practice of medicine and martial arts. Master Yeh was intelligent and diligent. He excelled in Tui-Na (Traditional Chinese medical massage), Dao-Yin (Induction and channeling of life force), Qi-Gong, and Taiji Quan, but he was most drawn to Taiji Quan.
In 1917, he began to study Yang style Taiji in Hung-Zhou city with Tian, Zhao-Lin (田兆麟), becoming one of his “open door” students. Tian had studied with the Yang style masters Yang Jian-Hou (楊健侯) and Yang Shao-Hou (楊少侯) and had learned and mastered the essence of the Yang style Middle-Frame Taiji. The following year, Yeh met Sun, Cun-Zhou (孫存周) (Son of Grand Master Sun, Lu-Tang (孫祿堂)) who was the leading proponent of Sun style Taiji. They shared the same passion for Taiji and considered themselves blood brothers. They practiced together, shared and learned from each other’s arts. Master Yeh had gained insight into the method of applying internal energy from both Sun, Cun-Zhou and Grand Master Sun, Lu-Tang.
In 1926, Master Yeh founded the Wutang Taiji Quan School in ShangHai and began teaching Yang style Taiji. The following year, the Wutang Sword master Li, Jing-Lin came to Shanghai. Master Yeh and two of his friends, Chen, Wei-Ming and Chen, Zhi-Jing studied the Wutang Sword form with master Li in order to promote and popularize it.
In 1928, Grand Master Yang, Shao-Hou and Yang, Cheng-Fu settled in NanKing. Master Yeh followed them and learned the Large-Frame Taiji forms and the techniques of cultivating and applying internal energy. An open-minded Scholar, Yeh was able to incorporate the new techniques and greatly advanced his skills. In his later years, Yeh pointed out the three major sources of his own style of Taiji to his student Jin, Ren-Lin(金仁霖): Yang style Taiji Quan, Sun style internal energy system, and Wutang sword form. As Jin, Ren-Lin explained, “The art of Master Yeh’s Taiji Quan represent a harmonious blend of elements of Sun style energy system, Yang style Taiji, and Wutang Sword form. It is a style of its own.” Jin Ren-Lin also said, “Master Yeh considered Sun style’s internal energy system is the most powerful of all of the Chinese martial arts. The invisible energy penetrates your body without you being aware of it. Even though you feel nothing, you are injured by the tremendous power. Yang style incorporates a vast amount of martial application in their solo form; they also established the most systematic training methods in their push hand practices. Master Li’s Wutang sword techniques is a very practical sword form, the inner work of this soft sword style can be a great inspiration to the advancement of one’s Taiji skill.
Master Yeh not only taught traditional Taiji Quan and Wutang Sword technique, but also focused on inspiring the next generation...