Tai Chi as a Fighting Art

Penetration Punch

Hard Qigong

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Kick With Left Or Right Heel

This is the same action as for the last kick only the heel is used to the soft middle stomach area. This kick is one of the simpler techniques but it requires great technique to be able to use it effectively. The foot has the tendency to slide upward instead of driving inward. hoto No. 93. NOTE I will be covering all types of kicking techniques u in t'ai chi in the later chapters of this book. We tend to practice all types of kicking techniques because this is the only way to learn how to...

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...

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...

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...

The Lateral Method

The next area of 'long har ch'uan is the lateral block and defends against two head punches, one after the other. Two players face each other as before. One player throws a left head punch. The other should quickly block with his right palm and bring his left palm under it ready as shown In Photo No. 190. The body turns to the left as your left palm takes over the block to your left. Photo No. 191. Now he throws another face punch with his right fist. Your right palm is ready in position so you...

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,...

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,...

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...