Da Cheng Quan
Non-Stop Hitting Techniques
Da Cheng Quan is one of the valuable methods of Chinese martial arts . It was created by Master Wang Xiang Zhai and it is a collection of the essence of Shaolin Quan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang. Its emphasis is on practical fighting skill. The "Non-stop Hitting Techniques" are the basic techniques which are very powerful and useful fighting techniques.
1. Chop and Front Kick
First we perform the technique individually. Imagine there is an opponent in front of you and that you use the technique against him.
i. Stand with your right foot forwards. Both hands should be in front of your chest your right hand should be forwards and your left should be behind. This is the ready position and you should raise your spirit.
ii. Kick towards your opponent's legs and at the same time walk towards him. Fig 1 & 4.
iii. Pretend to hit with your right hand Fig 2 & 5.
iv. But actually chop with the left hand. Fig 3 & 6. Sometimes the situation might be different, so we have to change the method slightly, but the technique is still the same.
Your Opponent Attacks First i. Your opponent attacks you first with his right fist.
ii. Contact his punch with your right hand to release the power, but at the same time kick his lower leg with your right leg. Fig 7.
iii. Push his right arm towards his body and at the same time chop his neck with your left palm. Because your enemy is concerned with your kick, his energy will change and so his arms will be weak. Fig 8.
iv. After you have controlled the whole situation, you can then give your enemy a powerful "Beng Quan" (exploding punch). Fig 9.
2. Sticking and Spiralling Palm.
Individual Practice i. Stand with your right foot forwards and the left foot behind. Keep the left hand in front of the chest to protect the body. Put your right hand in front and turn the palm to face the body. Fig 10.
ii. Move your right hand to the outside and then turn it into a fist. Fig 11.
iii. Change the right fist as if you are grabbing somebody and pulling them to the right, at the same time the left hand helps to push them in that direction. Fig 12.
With an Opponent i. Walk towards your opponent and grab his clothes. Fig 13
ii. Put your left hand on your opponent's back. Fig 14
iii. Then release the power with both hands to pull your opponent. The power should come from the waist,
This issue we will be reviewing the atmosphere and teachers in two parks in the southwest quadrant of Shanghai, Guilin Park, and Kangjian Park.
Guilin Park was built in 1933 in the Suzhou style by the infamous gangster Pockmarked Huang. A member of the notorious Qing Bang or Green Gang and confederate of Big-eared Du, Huang conspired with Chaing Kai-shek to put down the Communists in 1927 and organized underground resistance to the Japanese during the Occupation in Shanghai.
The park is actually quite contrived and crowded with features from pagodas, verandas, and arbours, to mysterious rock formations and caves. This leaves few open spaces where the practice of Taiji, Qigong or other arts may flourish in large numbers. However, things being as they may, every morning the park is packed to the walls with practitioners. The most popular groups at Guilin Park are the Sword and Fan form classes. A Madame Li is one of the teachers of sword form in the park and has large classes every morning. She teaches the 32 Step Taiji Sword, but knows a selection of sword forms from various styles. Her classes are made up of mostly native practitioners but she has taught a Westerner or two in her time.
Qigong is also popular as most residents of the park are the elderly. The Taiji groups that do meet are predominately Yang Style or Wu style with the occasional 42 Step Wushu Teacher in attendance.
I found the energy at Guilin Park to be a bit stifling and tense albeit very scenic and quaint. Because the walled park is crowded with character and the classes take up every available space it can be a bit claustrophobic especially early in the mornings.
Across Guilin Road is the larger and more unrestricted Kangjian Park. Although listed on many maps as Kepu Park, it has borne many names over the years and is truly a people's park. Bordered on two sides by one of the city's many canals, the park is well landscaped with many fragrant trees, bamboo groves, and dense shrubbery. There are two fair sized ponds bordered by willows and host to countless ornamental fish.
There are several Qigong groups that meet daily in the park. One of the groups does a variety of dynamic Qigong styles as well as moving on later in the morning to Yang Style Taiji and a sword
form unknown to me. The other major Qigong group does more quiescent Qigong and practises standing posture routines as well. Many of the residents of Kangjian Park practise individually. We have seen all styles of Taiji, Shaolin Quan, Bagua and two styles of Xingyi practised. Along the canals, in the bamboo groves, in pavilions on the ponds, and even in the dense shrubbery you can see and hear many people practising their health giving arts each morning.
There is one Tui Shou (Push Hands) group in the park practising on a regular basis. Led by Madame Wu Ju Mei, a disciple of Wu Ying Hua, daughter of the founder of Wu style Taiji. She teaches a form class in the park as well but practices her Wu Style fast form and her sword form alone. She is a remarkably agile and well rooted women and powerful well beyond her years.
The most famous group practising in Kangjian Park is led by Master Wang Sen Ling. An expert in Shanxi style Xingyiquan, is a ubiquitous presence in the park, and seems to know everyone. His Xingyi is very classical and his classes are conducted in the traditional manner. Watching him practise and demonstrate is a real joy if for the simple reason that his Nei Jing (Internal Power) is so blatantly obvious.
I will try to convince him (despite his gregariousness he is quite humble) to allow an interview and photographs for next issue ^
by J. Reynolds Nelson [email protected],qimagazine. com
The Dragon is a symbol of China, as we see very often in many Chinese stories. Swimming Dragon Gong is one Qigong form from Kunlun System. It is very dynamic and challenging, and the movements imitate a dragon's behaviour.
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