Baguazhang PaKua Chang

T he internal martial art of PA-KUA CHANG tends to compliment t'ai chi. It is said that t'ai chi is the mother while pa-kua is the daughter. At an advanced level, there is not much difference in the fighting side of pa-kua and t'ai chi so I try to use techniques from both arts in our Chinese Boxing Classes. To this end I have devised certain training techniques that make use of both arts. The main difference between the two arts in a combat sense is that t'ai chi tends to evade or yield,...

Snake Creeps Down

You should block and grab a left fist attack with your right palm, Photo No. 121. Then you should pull the opponent downward as you slip your left arm under the groin area and attack the groin with shoulder. Photo No. 122. Another use for this posture is You are being attacked with a right fist, you should block using p'eng with your right wrist and then your left palm grabs his right elbow. You then pull downward using your weight moving down. This is a most powerful technique and causes the...

Back Spinning Heel Kick

This kick can work in a defensive mode but forget it in an attacking mode unless your opponent knows nothing about the martial arts. It works the same as for the 'Back Turning heel kick' but instead of the right foot being thrust inward in a back kick, the foot is swung out using the waist for centrifugal force. If contact is made by the back of the heel as it swings into the target. It is fairly easy to block if you are aware and move in very quickly at the instant that it be instigated. Photo...

Double Wind Goes Through Ears

Chi Energy Fighting

After using stomach heel kick to his abdomen, the opponent would bend forward. Now, in a fit of over-kill you take his head and slam it down onto your knee, Photo No. 109. Then as he reels backwards you step forward and follow up with double temple punch. Photo No. 110. This is really a case of over-kilt but that's how the form goes. You are being attacked by front kick and you evade by twisting your body and poke to the Dim-Mak points acupuncture points around his heart. Photo No. 111. He...

How To Use Tai Chi As A Fighting

Chi Energy Fighting

How To Use T'ai Chi As a Fighting Art This is the electronic version of the earlier published book from 1984. Nothing has been changed other than typos being fixed and where some addition text has been added, this has been stated and is in italics. 1984 2000 Moontagu Books Australia This book contains material never before published. The enclosed information can only have come from Erle Montaigue, being the only Westerner to have received this information. It is illegal to copy and portion of...

The Postures And Their Applications

X he form or kata of t'ai chi is the first real physical method that we learn. Once one is well versed in ch'i-kung, see POWER T'AI CHI CH'UAN BOOK ONE by Erle Montaigue the form is the foundation of one's training. This form is made up of many different postures all held together by linking movements to make one long flowing movement which is likened to a great flowing river. It has been said of t'ai chi, that unlike some of the 'harder styles' where what you see is what you get, in t'ai chi...

The Folding Principle

This principle is solely based upon your changing from yin to yang. If you walk to the top of a hill, then you have gone as far yang as possible. If you stay there you will be unable to go anywhere unless you come down again. In other words you must go yin before you are able to do any more work. It's the same with punching and indeed the whole of your t'ai chi training. We must be forever changing in order to re-attack after being blocked. If I punch someone and that punch is successfully...

Training Methods

Tai Chi Fighting

It's all very well to practice these techniques in the classroom but when it comes to using them you will have to know exactly what it will feel like for real. The most important thing in kicking is to know that a kick will work. Firstly we work with a partner. We use slow, well-aimed kicks to the knee area, not right on the top of the knee but to the side to break the ligaments that hold the lower leg on. Have your partner come at you as if to attack slowly, then step to wherever you feel is...

Cock Stands On One

You should stand up quickly and grab a right or left fist attack with your appropriate palm as you use knee to the groin. Photo No. 124. From the 'Old Yang Style' we have two other uses for this posture. As the attack is imminent, you block it with your left palm and bring your other palm over the top to attack the face with palm slap and groin attack with your knee. Photo No. 125. Or, you could use your second palm to grab the throat after the block. You block a left or right fist attack with...

Fishes In Eight

Fishes Eight Posture

Your opponent strikes you with right fist at your right side. You should block his arm with your right forearm in a circular fashion, Photo No. 36. Then, simultaneously attack his face with right heel palm as the left palm takes over the block. Photo No. 37. Another use of this posture is as follows You are attacked with a punch to the acupuncture Dim-Mak points under your left arm. You should block down with your right forearm onto your left forearm to form a scissor block. Photo No. 38. Mow...

Hit Tiger Left And Right With Penetration Punch

How Take And Block Punches

This posture comes from the Old Yang Style and is slightly different than the new Yang. Block a head punch with your right p'eng shaped hand. This is important so as not to break your ulnar which is quite a weak bone Then when contact has been made, you roll your arm immediately upward as shown in the photo to cause a 'set up' point strike on the arm. Never under and circumstances initially block using the ulnar as many have received broken arms doing this Photo No. 103, the opponent would...

Penetration Punch

This is a very fast and powerful punch and is quite difficult to block, as it is not quite straight or round. It is like a curved punch but on a much less arc. Once again you block to the left, Photo No. 149. Then the right fist flicks out due to the turning of the waist and turns so that the small finger is upward upon impact. Photo No. 150. In this section I have covered only a few of the easier punching techniques from t'ai chi. There are others of course but they should be taught...

Hidden Hand Punch

This also comes from the 'Old Yang Style', racing your opponent with your left foot forward he attacks with left punch low. You should leap into the air and block with your right forearm. Photo No. 128. You trap his arm with your left arm underneath your right arm and attack his lower abdomen with your left fist. Photo No. 129. SLEEVES DANCING LIKE PLUMB BLOSSOMS From Old Yang Style You are attacked with right fist you should leap into the air and turn around while blocking with your left...