Attack The Attacking Portion

This is a good training method against kicks and has also to do with the barging technique. You are inevitably going to be kicked in the stomach so we train to be kicked in the stomach. As your partner kicks you, (gently) into your stomach you should have the idea that you will attack his foot with your stomach. When you are struck, 30 of the effect of the strike is the shock value. As you are about to be struck move in onto the kick and breathe out and as you do this use reverse breathing,...

Chapter

o matter what people think about kung fu, in particular the internal styles, striking and kicking are still the main form of defense. We still 'yield' to an attack, we still use 'internal energy' rather than brute strength but in the end we use punching and kicking more than any other technique to finish a confrontation quickly and with the least amount of violence. Sometimes it is necessary to use some other technique such as grappling or locks and holds etc. but in the end the knock out...

The Classics

M ost classical Chinese martial arts can be traced back to their various beginnings by some tangible means such as ancient drawings and script. This is most true of the Shaolin derived martial arts. On the other hand we have the internal Chinese martial arts where we find that not much in the way 'of tangible evidence, drawings etc, has been left to us. All that we have to follow for the most part is the lineage principle where-by the Father taught the son or each master only took on one or two...

Sparring

The best exercise that two people can practice for awareness and to understand sparring is push hands. I have covered the main areas of this exercise in my second book, POWER T'AI CHI CH'UAN BOOK TWO so I will not cover it here. I will say though that push hands should be learnt for the sake of learning a martial art and not for the sake of doing push hands. The real way of push hands is quite different to what many people think it is. The whole idea of push hands has to do with balance,...

Needle At Sea Bottom

In the new Yang style this is used to break a hold downward with a jerking thrust. If the opponent is able to hold onto your wrist and pulls backward you should go with the force and turn your right wrist, grabbing his right wrist and poke him under his right arm into his acupuncture points. This is the use of the posture FAN THROUGH BACK. Photo No. 75. For Needle At Sea Bottom see Photo No. 94

Pakua Sparring

I am including this technique from pa-kua because it is with- out doubt one of the best ways of learning about fighting with- out really hurting anyone. The wrists are in contact and it is controlled in the beginning with each player just learning about him herself and their technique. Two players stand opposite each other and join palms at the wrists over the center of a circle. Photo No. 179. Without going into the rather peculiar pa-kua walking style as it is not really necessary when only...

The Vertical Method

Sometimes we call this method 'Australian Boxing' because it resembles the swatting of flies from one's face. Two players stand opposite each other in an easy for them stance or rather 'no stance.' The attacker throws a face punch with his right fist as the attackee blocks it with a sort of stroking motion across his body with his right palm to cause the fist to just miss his face. Photo No. 185. If we were to use a pushing type of block and push the fist some distance to the left, this would...

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...

Different Types Of Centrifugal Punching

All types of t'ai chi punches are called centrifugal because of the principle of the waist twisting to literally throw out the arm in a punch, this is centrifugal and allows one to use the strongest fastest punch. I have already covered the main 'straight' punch using the last two knuckles. This is one of the fastest punches and has much power over short distances and is good for in close fighting. You should be able to use this punch from most positions but if you are in a position where this...

Long Har Chuan

I said earlier that Long Har Ch'uan is where we learn to forget about technique and take all that we have learnt and put it inside. This is where our technique becomes subconscious so that our body and mind can work as one unit. This method must not be taken for actual fighting technique because then it becomes just that, another technique to learn. We must treat this as a training device to teach us something. Some of these techniques could very well be used as fighting techniques but we...

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...

Sitting Like A Duck

This posture comes from the 'Old Yang Style' and blocks a punch from the rear, Photo No. 89. Then you should grab his wrist and using the momentum of your body in sinking downward, twist his wrist in an un-natural way to bring him down, Photo No. 90. If he should pull away and retreat, you should spring up and attack with right toe kick. This is from the Old Yang Style. Photo No. 91.

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...