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Internal Fighting Arts | Learn Real-World Martial Arts Insights from Top Instructors of Tai Chi - Xingyi - Bagua and Qiqong

Gain deeper insights into the world of internal Chinese gongfu as Sifu Ken Gullette talks with prominent instructors about Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Qigong, and the philosophy that guides these amazing martial arts. This is a real-world conversation without the mystical mumbo jumbo -- a No Woo-Woo Zone. You will walk away with deeper knowledge and new inspiration after listening to this fun and insightful conversation.

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-45-Mark-Chen-Book

Mark Chen has written a valuable new book called "Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art." The book is a translation into English of some important documents that date back to the earliest days of Taijiquan. In this interview, Ken Gullette talks with Mark about the challenges of translating Chinese to English, and they explore the stories, legends and facts behind some of the Chen family's greatest masters, including Chen Wangting, Chen Changxing, and how Chen Zhaopi and Chen Fake went to Beijing and boosted the reputation of Chen Taiji as a martial art. Chen Zhaopi was born in 1893 and lived in the last generation when Taiji fighters would battle "bandits" (often revolutionaries) with swords. In the 21st Century, is Taiji more academic than it is practical? Is it still worth pursuing? Mark Chen is a formal rumen disciple of the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou.

1hr 38mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-25-Robert-Allen-Pittman

Robert Allen Pittman is a Xingyi and Bagua teacher who has studied with Robert W. Smith, and in Taiwan Hung I-mien, and the sons of Chen Pan Ling. Allen is the author of "Walking the I Ching: The Linear Bagua of Gao Yi Sheng." He has co-authored books with his late teacher, Robert W. Smith, who was a pioneer in bringing knowledge of Chinese kung-fu to the United States due to his work in Taiwan for the Central Intelligence Agency. In this interview, Allen talks about training with his teachers, living and studying in Taiwan, and the changes that wushu has brought to traditional Chinese kung-fu.

1hr 15mins

2 Aug 2016

Rank #2

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-29-Mark-Chen

Ken Gullette talks with Mark Chen, author of "Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan" and a formal, rumen disciple of the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou. Mark Chen is a certified senior instructor in the Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Association. He has also trained under Master Guo Lianyin, Master Bill Gee, Master Chen Youze, and Master Zhang XueXin. In this 90-minute interview, Mark talks with Ken about his martial arts journey, including the pain and benefit of studying under the strict gaze of "traditional" Chinese teachers.

1hr 29mins

15 Apr 2017

Rank #3

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-42-Holly-Sweeney-Hillman

Ken Gullette talks with Holly Sweeney-Hillman, a Senior-level instructor of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi in Pottersville, New Jersey and the Center Director for the Bedford/Montclair Yang Family Tai Chi Center. Holly has studied with Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun. In this interview, she talks about studying wih members of the Yang family, how Yang tai chi fit with her love of the science of body movement, and she talks a little about the Alexander Technique and a program she designed called Zentonics, which is used to correct posture and improve balance, supplenes, and increase serenity. Holly has a B.A. in Dance and a Master's in Orthopedic Biomechanics. Her website is www.taichistrong.com.

1hr 6mins

9 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-44-Jon-Nicklin

Ken Gullette talks with Jon Nicklin, who lived several years in Shanghai and became a disciple of Dai Xueqi, who is a master of Song family Xingyiquan living in Shanghai. Jon has a wide range of experience in Chinese martial arts, beginning when he lived in London. He now lives in Hong Kong. Ken and Jon talk about his experience studying with a "traditional" Xingyi teacher, the culture shock of moving to Shanghai, and a series of videos that Jon is helping to develop that will shine a light on different Xingyi styles and teachers in China. Jon describes himself as a "hobbyist," but like all of Ken's guests, he is a dedicated martial artist.

1hr 5mins

17 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-33- Fascia with Dr.Ginevra Liptan

Ken Gullette talks with Dr. Ginevra Liptan, owner of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon . She is a doctor of internal medicine, but also believes in a holistic approach, combinine scientific medicine to a more wholistic approach that includes some "alternatie" medicines from China. Regardless, you will come away from this interview with new information on how to proect your fascia, and why it is important to do sol

58mins

31 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-30-Wude-Martial-Morality

Ken Gullette talks with Jonathan Bluestein and Byron Jacobs about "Wude," pronounced "Woo-Duh" that means martial morality and ethics. All you have to do is go onto martial arts Facebook pages and you will see martial artists flaming each other, criticizing the movements and art of others, in a not-so-subtle effort to make themselves look like experts. Is this in the spirit of Wude or is it a violation of martial morality and ethics? Do martial artists throw manners and morality out the window when they are hundreds or thousands of miles from the person they are criticizing as they hide behind a keyboard? In this edition of the Internal Fighting Arts podcast, Ken explores these issues with Byron, who lives and trains in Beijing, and Jonathan, who lives and trains in Israel. Byron trains with Di Guoyong -- website is diguoyongwushu.com; Jonathan trains at the Tianjan Martial Arts Academy -- website is tianjin.co.il and Facebook page is facebook.com/tianjinacademy. The recent "fight" between MMA fighter Xu Xaodong and Taiji teacher Wei Lei has stirred a lot of controversy in China and around the world during the past week. Ken, Jonathan and Jacob discuss this debacle as well, and its impact on traditional Chinese martial arts and what it means from a Wude perspective.

1hr 49mins

9 May 2017

Rank #7

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-18-Taoist-Monk-Yunrou

The Taoist Monk Yonrou, also known as Arthur Rosenfeld, discusses the events in his life that led him to study martial arts, Tai Chi, and to become an ordained Taoist monk. He lives in Pompano Beach, Florida, is a teacher and is a student of Yan Gaofei. Under his name Arthur Rosenfeld, he has written several books, including Tai Chi: The Perfect Exercise. His newest book, Yin, by Yunrou, is a Lao Tzu love story and is scheduled to be published on November 1, 2015.

1hr 7mins

9 Oct 2015

Rank #8

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Ken Gullette with part two of an interview with Ian Sinclair, a tai chi instructor in Orrilia, Ontario. He has studied with Grandmaster Liang Shouyu and Sam Masich. In this wide-ranging discussion, Ian talks about learning fighting applications from Grandmaster Liang Shouyu and Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming; last year's controversial match between an MMA fighter and a Tai Chi "master;" and the importance of practicing the basics.

54mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Ken Gullette talks with Byron Jacobs, a South African who studies Xingyiquan with Master Di Guoyong in Beijing. Byron also works at the International Wushu Federation. In this interview, Ken talks with Byron about his decision to move to Beijing, cultural aspects of living and training there, sport wushu, and the internal art of Xingyiquan.

1hr 20mins

17 Jul 2015

Rank #10

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Internal Fighting Arts 27 - Rory Miller

Ken Gullette talks with Rory Miller, the author of an influential book, "Meditations on Violence." As a martial artist and a former corrections officer, Miller has given traditional martial arts a slap of reality by outlining the ways that real-world violence is not something that martial arts classes prepare students for, and when it really happens, most people are overwhelmed and unprepared. You'll learn the difference between "social" violence, which often begins with the "Monkey Dance," and predatory violence, when the attacker operates like a hunter, using stealth and deception to get close enough to strike.

1hr 12mins

15 Feb 2017

Rank #11

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-20-Ken-Cohen

Ken Gullette interviews Ken Cohen, whose website describes him as a health educator, Qigong Grandmaster, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is well-known for his books and audio courses on Qigong and Taoism. His websites are www.kennethcohen.com and www.qigonghealing.com. Ken Gullette practices qigong but takes a skeptical approach to traditional Chinese scientific explanations and theories. This is a very interesting interview with great information and questions that may have you thinking and doing more research after you listen.

1hr 25mins

3 Dec 2015

Rank #12

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-38-Stephen-Jackowicz

What is the nature of chi? How is chi interpreted in different ways? Is there a conspiracy in Western medicine against acupuncture? Is acupuncture effective or is it junk science? These are a couple of topics tackled when Ken Gullette interviews Dr. Stephen Jackowicz, a martial artist and the Assistant Clinical Professor of Acupuncture at the Acupuncture Institute at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Dr. Jackowicz was the first foreign graduate of the Korea Modern School of Acupuncture. He has studied Judo, TKD, Yang and Chen style Taiji and more. This is an enlightening, interesting and educational discussion that runs two hours, but is well worth the time.

2hr 10mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-41-Derryl-Willis

Ken Gullette talks with Derryl Willis, a Seattle-based instructor of Chen Taijiquan who is a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. Derryl has made many trips to study in the Chen Village. In this interview, Derryl and Ken discuss the true meaning of being a disciple, the value of practicing the basics, and why Derryl caused traffic to stop the first time he walked the street in Chen Village.

1hr 22mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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Internal Fighting Arts 24 - Peter Wayne

Tai Chi is a martial art, but most people think of it as a slow-motion exercise for health and meditation. In this podcast, Ken Gullette interviews Peter Wayne, a Tai Chi instructor and author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Peter Wayne is a researcher and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who is involved in clinical trials of the health benefits of Tai Chi. So what do these clinical trials tell us? Is Tai Chi something special? Does it really have health benefits tied to the ancient Chinese theories of qi (chi), or are the benefits the same as you would expect from any low-impact exercise and calming, mindfulness practice?

1hr 4mins

14 Jul 2016

Rank #15

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-21-Jan-Silberstorff

Ken Gullette talks with Jan Silberstorff, the first Western indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and co-founder of the World Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Association. Jan travels the world teaching Chen Taiji. From Germany to Chenjiagou, his story reflects the determination of a true martial artist. He explains why tears fell from Chen Xiaowang's eyes the first time he saw Jan perform, and he explains why his practice has evolved out of simply the martial aspects of the art.

1hr 16mins

28 Jan 2016

Rank #16

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Internal Fighting Arts 15 - Neil Ripski

Ken Gullette interviews Neil Ripski, an instructor of Ma Family martial arts, including Drunken kung-fu, plus Xingyi, Chen Taiji and Bagua in British Columbia. His website is redjademartialarts.com. Sitting in for co-host Hung Lo is Ken's wife, Nancy.

56mins

2 Jul 2015

Rank #17

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-32-Keith-Kernspecht

Ken Gullette interviews Keith Kernspecht, perhaps the most successful martial arts teacher in the world. Kernspecht is the founder and head of the European WingTsun Organization. His passion for martial arts began in the 1950s, and he studied wrestling, karate, jiu-jitsu, kempo, Shaolin kung-fu, and other arts. He began studying Wing Chun in 1970 and later became the highest ranking student under Leung Ting, who studied with Ip Man. Currently, he is also studying with Sam Chin, teacher of his family art, I Liq Chuan, and creator of Zhong Xin Dao. In this interview, Keith talks about his martial arts journey, indlucing why he attended a class for five years even though he was not allowed to participate. He also talks about his passion for learning new things, and he answers one of the controversies in the world of Wing Chun.

1hr 26mins

15 Dec 2017

Rank #18

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Internal-Fighting-Arts-26-Tim-Tackett

Ken Gullette interviews Jeet Kune Do instructor Tim Tackett, a veteran martial artist who became a senior instructor under Dan Inosanto in 1973. Tim first studied martial arts in Taiwan, where he learned Hsing-I and Tai Chi. He authored two books on Hsing-I for O'Hara Publications in the late 70s and early 80s, but his main art is JKD. At age 75, he still teaches a Wedneday night class in his garage in Redlands, California. In this interview, Tim talks about studying in Taiwan, how he got into JKD, and some of his fighting philosophies.

51mins

5 Jan 2017

Rank #19

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Internal Fighting Arts 22 - Bosco Baek

Ken Gullette interviews Bosco Baek, a senior disciple of Chen Bing. Bosco is the chief instructor of the Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA in Los Angeles. In this interview, Bosco talks about growing up in South Korea, how he met Chen Bing, how he arrived at Chen Taiji after first studying Yoga, and how he became the first of Chen Bing's disciples who was given permission to have his own disciples.

56mins

18 May 2016

Rank #20