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Yiquan essays

Yiquan essays

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Published by Andrzej Kalisz
Essays published on Yiquan Academy site in years 1996-2010
Essays published on Yiquan Academy site in years 1996-2010

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Published by: Andrzej Kalisz on Dec 05, 2010
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I learned from Yao Zongxun3
Han Luquan
Zhan Zhuang and Shi Li6
He Jingping
Wang Xiangzhai Contradictions Old Man10
Leos Horky
Pushing hands15Understanding of human body23
Andrzej Kalisz
Alive force in yiquan33Beijing Yiquan Research Association35History of yiquan36Kung-fu (wushu)43Master Yao Chengguang46Qi magic power?49Rules of yiquan pushing hands competitions53Sensations and body reactions55Understanding yiquan learning the whole57Wang Xiangzhais disciples60Yiquan anecdotes61Yiquan combat training69Yiquan training methods72Yiquan unity of health and combat practice79Zhan zhuang training for health83Motor coordination abilities and mental training85
Liu Qian
Yiquan helped me to recover91
Shi Wan
Will boxing helps people get stron and stay fit92
Song Jilian
Finding a teacher95
Wang Xiangzhai
About dachengquan (yiquan)98Benefit from practicing martial art101Knowledge and practice106Philosophical basis of yiquan108Therapeutical effects of zhan zhuang111New chapter of martial science
Wang Yufang
Introduction to zhan zhuang116
Wang Brothers
Our grandfather Wang Xiangzhai120
Wei Yuzhu
Memory of Yao Zongxun123
Xie Yongguang
Subtlety is the key125Master Yao Chengguang and Zongxun Wuguan126Master Yao Chengguang talking about shi li129About master Yao Chengguang132On principles of studying yiquan135
Visit to a master139
 Yao Chengguang
Introduction commentary to Chinese Yiquanvideos143Commentary to Jianwu (health dance)146About ideal and real pushing hands148Answering questions151Inaugurational speech, Yiquan Conference, 2002154Principles of yiquan tui shou training157Worldwide popularization of yiquan160Theory of Yiquan shi li162
 Yao Zongxun
General characteristics of yiquan165Eyes training171
Zhang Chao
Im a beginner173
Zhao Daoxin
Attack174Interview178Training methods185
Translated from chinese by Andrzej Kalisz
At begining of 1980s, thanks to Bu Enfu's (famous master of shuai-jiao wrestling,winner of wrestling and boxing tournaments, student of Wang Xiangzhai) introduction, I hadluck to learn yiquan from Yao Zongxun. Yao was over 60 y.o. at that time. He wore verysimple clothes. He walked keeping his body straight, talked calmly, had looks of an welleducated gentleman. His eyes were like two sharp swords. He had great knowledge, but at thesame time he was very open and friendly to everybody. I experienced his gentleness, but alsosome strictness. And if we talk about his abilities of using body, it would be difficult for anyone to compare with him.It was at beginning of 1982. I just finished doing zhan zhuang exercise. It happenedthat Bu Enfu and Ao Shipeng (who also was Wang Xiangzhai's student) were present there. Isaid: "I just keep doing yiquan's zhan zhuang, maybe I could try some tui shou too?" YaoZongxun just finished instructing some other students and came to us. Bu Enfu said:"Zongxun, show some tui shou to Fushan, let him get the feeling". Yao agreed. He was over 60, was tall and thin, he didn't look strong. I was in my twenties. I was doing weigth lifting, practiced baguazhang, taijiquan and other kinds of wushu. I won Chaoyang district taiji pushing hands championship. I also got medals at Chaoyang district and Beijingchampionships in wushu forms. And moreover I learned from Bu Enfu, and I had developedsome skill in shuai-jiao wrestling. I thought that Yao was a great fighter when he was young, but he wouldn't be so good at his present age. When we touched arms, I got impression that hewas quite weak. I thought that if I used all my power, the old man wouldn't be able to opposeme. And I even started to fear that I could harm him, if I used too much power. But before Idid anything, Yao, feeling my hesitance, said: "Use your whole power, your all abilities". Buand Ao added: "Use your whole power, don't hesitate". I pushed Yao suddenly with my whole power, but my hand "landed in emptiness". I immediately did a series of pushes, but none of them met any resistance, and I couldn't control my body, feeling like a kite after the string breaks. Then I tried once more. I noticed that there is a tree behind Yao's body. I thought, thatwhen I push suddenly with big power, Yao will not be able to escape, and he will hit the tree.I pushed. Before I was able to notice that Yao dodged to the side, my body was lifted upwardand almost hit the tree. In panic I closed my eyes, and expected hitting the tree with my face.But then I felt that some power changed the direction in which my body was moving. Iopened my eyes, and noticed that I just flied by the side of the tree, only touching it slightlywith my clothes. I was sweating all over and feeling freeze. I could only say: "It was horror".Yao said: "Just calm down, it was nothing". Both Yao's skill and his wude (warrior's morality)impressed me. I said: "That's incredible, I wouldn't expect something like this from a man3

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