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On this page, we have posted several articles written by YCGF group members. These articles are presented to give readers a
sense of martial arts principles as understood from a YCGF perspective. They also provide descriptions of martial arts history,
customs and legends. Several of the articles focus on personal experiences of group members in their study and practice of YCGF.
Some of the material presented here may already have appeared in edited versions in martial arts publications. They are offered
herein their original form. This page will be updated periodically with additional material. Please come back to read the new entries.
   
Random Circles In Taiji Quan
by Zhang Yun
The article describes the random circles principles and practice in Taijiquan training. It
explains basic concepts, training methods, and how apply circles in partner practice and
self-defense. It also includes the translation and explanation of the famous classic.  This
article appeared in Vol. 34, No. 2, Summer 2010 of
T'ai Chi magazine
   
The Practice of Taiji Dao
by Zhang Yun
The article describes basic principles, skills, and training method of Taiji Dao. It explains the
features of Taiji Dao, includes the special shape of the saber, techniques using different parts of
the saber, form training, and fighting skill practice. This article appeared in Vol. 32, No. 3, June
2008 of
T'ai Chi magazine.
   
Qi in Taiji Quan Application
by Zhang Yun
The article describes Qi in Taiji Quan Application. It explains what is Qi, adn the relationship of
Qi and Jin.In the article we also give the translation and explanantion of.the famous Taiji classic
"Four Word Secrete Formula".  This article appeared in Vol. 31, No. 4, August 2007 of
T'ai Chi
magazine.
   
Jin in Taiji Quan
by Zhang Yun
The article describes Jin - trained force in Taiji Quan. It explains what is Jin and the principle of
external Jin and internal Jin. It also explains Jin in Taiji application. Some important concepts,
like Dong Jin, XU Jin, and Fa Jin, are discussed.  This article appeared in Vol. 30, No. 2, April
2006 and Vol, 30, No. 3, June 2006 of
T'ai Chi magazine.
   
Taiji and Xingyi seminar with Master Zhang
Yun in Athens, Greece
by Clayton Shiu
The seminar review article describes that Master Zhang Yun taught YCGF in Athens,
Greece during September 8 to 14, 2006.
   
Zhang Yun: Learning the essence
by Steven Phillips
This is the interview of Zhang Yun about his Taiji practice by Steven Phillips and then
translated to Spanish by Luis Soldevila. It was published on Spanish Taiji magazine "
Tai Chi
Chuan: Artes y Estilos Internos".
   
Remembering Great Master Wang Peisheng
by Zhang Yun
Great Master Wang Peisheng was one of the most outstanding martial artist in 20th century.
He passed away on Sept 4 of 2004. This article is about his 70 years martial arts life. The
article was published in Oct and Dec issues of 2004 of Taichi magazine.
   
External Integration of Taiji Quan
by Peter Kindfield
External integration is one training step in Taiji practice. This article explains its principles
and how to practice.
   
Introduction of Baiyuan Tongbei Quan
by Zhang Yun and Strider Clark
Tongbei Quan is one of most famous martial arts styles in north of China. Baiyuan Tongbei
Quan is one secret branch. This article is the first publishing English article to introduce this
school. The editing version of the article was published on Volume 13 - Number1 - 2004
of Journal Of Asian Martial Arts.
   
Taiji Staff
by Zhang Yun
Taiji staff is very important training in Taiji practice. This article introduces its principle and
the most popular two persons form. It was published on Taichi magazine.
   
Dashou Ge
by Zhang Yun and David Ho
Dashou Ge is one of the oldest and most popular Taiji classic. It talks about basic principle
and practice of Taiji push hands. This article includes the translation and explanation of the
classic and gives some version researches. The article was published on the Internal Martial
Arts magazine.
   
The Attributes of Twelve Animals of Xingyi Quan
by Zhang Yun
12 animal postures of XIngyi Quan is major part of Xingyi application training. This article
explains the attributes of 12 animals posture according to traditional classic. It was
published on the Internal Martial Arts magazine.
   
Santishi - The Foundation of Xingyi Quan
by Zhang Yun
Santi Shi is the most important training posture in Xingyi Quan. It is the foundation of all
skills. This article introduces its principle and how to practice. the article was published on
the Internal Martial Arts magazine.
   
Yin Style Bagua Zhang
by Zhang Yun
Yin Style Bagua Zhang is one of the most famous Bagua Zhang school.  This article introduces
the lineage and history of this style, principle of combination Yi Jing and martial arts, and 4 most
typical postures of 64 postures.  The edited version was published on the 12t and 13th issues of
Internal Martial Arts.
   
Zhan, Nian, Lian and Sui - Four Important Skills
For Push Hands and Fighting
by Zhang Yun
The article describes four basic internal training force used for Taiji application. It explains their
definition, how they can work together in combinations, and common mistakes that often
happen.  This article appeared in Vol. 25, No. 2, April 2001 of
T'ai Chi magazine.
   
Chen Xin and His "Push Hands Thirty-six
Sicknesses"
by Zhang Yun
Zhang Yun translates a manuscript by Chen Xin, author of a famous Chen style book. It
describes the interesting history of the manuscript and Chen's book and presents common
mistakes that push hands practitioners make. This article appeared in Vol. 24, No. 5, October
2000 of
T'ai Chi magazine.
   
Sorting Out Taiji, Bagua and Xingyi
by Zhang Yun
During the last hundred years, many people have practiced three internal styles together,
believing that learning all these styles will help them to understand high level martial arts
principles. While cross-training in these arts may be beneficial, many people experience difficulty
in making effective practice because of an unawareness of the similarities and differences
between these styles. This article attempts to scratch the surface of some of the similarities and
differences between Taiji, Xingyi and Bagua. The edited version was published on the Eighth
issue of
Internal Martial Arts.
   
Lu Shengli's Sixteen Posture
Neijia Fighting Form
by Zhang Yun
When people study internal martial arts, a common problem is that internal fighting skill is
difficult to master, either they cannot use them effectively or they apply them just like external
gongfu. In order to help people to solve this problem, YCGF offers a good training method:
The
Essence Of Internal Gongfu Combative Techniques - Sixteen Postures Form, a summary of high
level training and fighting experience. The Sixteen Postures Neijia Fighting Form was created by
Lu Sheng Li under the direction of Grand Master Wang Pei Sheng. This article offers detail
information about LSL and his form. Also it gives a detail description of one skill selected from
the form. The edited version was published on the seventh issue of
Internal Martial Arts.
   
Taiji Thirteen Postures
by Zhang Yun
This article appeared in Vol. 24, No. 2, April 2000 of T'ai Chi magazine. It describes a basic Taiji
concept - Thirteen Postures which uses Bagua (eight trigrams) and Wuxing (five elements)
principle in Taiji practice.
   
Seven-Star Pile Standing
by Susan Darly
Pile Standing is very important practice method for increasing basic kungfu. This article offers
the great detail information, from  movements to mind training, of Wu Style Taiji Seven-star Pile
Standing. The edited version was published on the fourth issue of Internal Martial Arts.  
   
Neijia and Waijia
by Zhang Yun
Neijia (internal martial arts) and Waijia (external martial arts) are two big branches of traditional
Chinses martial arts tree. This article discusses the history and features of Neijia and Waijia.
What is different and what is similar between them. The edited version was published on the first
issue of
Internal Martial Arts.
   
The Original Foreword of
"The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship"
by Strider Clark
It is a complete original version of the foreword of the book - "The Art of Chinese
Swordsmanship: A Manual of Taiji Jian" (Weatherhill, ISBN: 0-8348-0412-3). It includes more
information about the successful process of a young American to understand traditional Chinese
martial arts.
   
Taiji Jian: A Peace Lover's Initiation
into Taiji Weapons
by Peter Kindfield
This article appeared in Vol. 22, No. 4, August 1998 of T'ai Chi magazine. It describes a Taiji
practitioner's personal experience of his Jian practice.
   
   
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