Author: Adam Mizner

Adam Mizner

12 posts
Six Levels of Song

Date: 05/09/2020

Six Levels of Song

Within the traditional teachings of the Yang family, Song is divided into 6 levels. Each level dependent on the one before it and inclusive of all before it. It’s important to understand that Song is...

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The Creation of Taijiquan

Date: 02/26/2019

The Creation of Taijiquan

The past and unfortunately “history” is something that cannot be empirically known. When it comes to kung fu history this is even more so. Nevertheless, I will share my view on the creation of Taijiqu...

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3 Aspects of Training in Yang family Taijiquan

Date: 11/09/2017

3 Aspects of Training in Yang family Taijiquan

We have all read and heard stories about the near magical skills achieved by some Taijiquan masters of the past. Many people find the skills for which the art became famous illusive. Nonetheless we st...

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Cheng Man Ching's

Date: 11/20/2016

Cheng Man Ching's

Many of us have heard time and time again the famous saying of the late Prof. Cheng Man Ching to “invest in loss”. What does this mean? What did the professor mean when he said it? It is not easy to k...

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Timing, Placement and Power

Date: 11/20/2016

Timing, Placement and Power

When I am teaching classes or workshops on taijiquan I always emphasize the three principles of timing, placement and power. These three skills are not only fundamental to acquiring real world taijiqu...

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Relax the shoulders in Taiji and Qigong

Date: 11/20/2016

Relax the shoulders in Taiji and Qigong

One of the fundamental principles of Taijiquan for martial arts and Taiji for health is to relax and sink the shoulders. It is so fundamental that it is listed in Yang Cheng Fu’s famous ten points and...

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Yang Family Fajin

Date: 11/20/2016

Yang Family Fajin

The idea of fajin is highly debated in Taijiquan circles, where some consider it the be all and end all of taiji quan skill, while others who have never experienced it, consider it a fallacy. In truth...

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Qi Gong, breathing for a positive life

Date: 08/12/2016

Qi Gong, breathing for a positive life

It is an undeniable fact that the most powerful tool we posses is our mind. The mind can give us pleasure or pain, stress or peace. Often life unfolds in ways that we cannot control, yet even in such...

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Taijiquan - Finding the right teacher

Date: 08/12/2016

Taijiquan - Finding the right teacher

You shall know them by their fruitsWhen a new student of taijiquan is searching for a teacher, it can be a daunting and confusing time. There are many claims by students and teachers alike, so who sho...

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Self Defense

Date: 08/11/2016

Self Defense

Defense against the selfSelf defense in modern times: is it practical? In ancient times, before the invention of firearms, the practicality of being skilled in hand to hand combat was very clear. The...

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The Three Hands of Taijiquan

Date: 05/08/2016

The Three Hands of Taijiquan

Within my training and teaching of Tàijíquán, I emphasize two primary areas that must be developed and balanced. On the one side we have technical skills or ‘Quan’ – born from ting, timing and having...

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Tai Chi internal stretching

Date: 05/08/2016

Tai Chi internal stretching

Dui La 对拉 meaning something like “to stretch between”. It’s one of those fundamental principles of taiji quan that are all too often forgotten or misunderstood. When I travel to give taiji, qigong or...

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