Taijiquan Four Skills Seminar
The Ultimate Skills of Restraining, Seizing, Grasping, and Closing
Instructed by Stuart Alve Olson
The Four Skills represent the highest teachings and secrets of self-defense in internal martial arts:
- Restraining is the method for obstructing the blood vesselsof an opponent. Restraining correlates to aspects of Adheringand Warding-Off.
- Seizing is the method for obstructing the meridians
of an opponent. Seizing correlates to aspects of Stickingand Rolling-Back.
- Arresting is the method for injuring the sinews
of an opponent. Arresting correlates to aspects of Joiningand Pressing.
- Closing is the method of shutting off qi centers of an opponent. Closing correlates to aspects of Followingand Pushing.
As Chen Kung stated in his famous Taijiquan work, “The most profound mysteries of Taijiquan are hardly found within the framework of the [solo form] postures, [two-person sets of] Sensing Hands, Greater Rolling-Back, Dispersing Hands, [weapon sets of] saber, sword or even staff. In every intrinsic energy there is an aspect of Adhere and Stick, Neutralize and Issue—nothing too much more can actually be said. But in former times these four energies [skills] were seen in their highest aspects as Restraining, Seizing, Grasping, and Closing.”
If you’re interested in the true internal art methods of self-defense, don’t pass up this incredible opportunity to learn directly from Stuart Alve Olson, longtime protege of the famous Taijiquan master T.T. Liang.
The Embracing the One (抱 一, Bao Yi) visualization meditation method relies on the use of an illustration called “The Sexual Intercourse (or Marriage) of the Dragon and Tiger,” which first appeared in the Ming dynasty text The Jade Tablet Decrees on Nature and Life, one of the most important Internal Alchemy works in all of Taoism. The Dragon represents Qi (vitality/breath), our spiritual energy; and the Tiger, the Jing (essence/the body), our sexual energy. Together they symbolize the two main aspects of the human consciousness and function, representing the ego (Dragon) and our instincts (Tiger).
In this book, Stuart Alve Olson provides a concise and detailed look at the Taoist visualization meditation method of Embracing the One, clearly explaining the underlying principles of this ancient practice and providing the first English translation of the text, illustration, procedures, and related chants. Even though the methods of Embracing the One are distinctly simple in application the effects of the overall practice are quite profound and deep.
Through the simple act of visualizing the Dragon and Tiger a whole new mind ground can be discovered, naturally bringing forth the “Spirit.” This little work is in many ways a landmark piece on Taoism and will definitely augment one’s knowledge of meditation and Taoist philosophy. More …
Tai Shang Gan Ying Pian
The Supreme Exalted One’s Treatise on Actions and Retributions
This PDF provides the basic English translation and original Chinese text. It was created for the purpose of being a quick reference for the study and recitation of this classical work.
For more information about the treatise, including Stuart Alve Olson’s introduction, commentaries, notes, and insights into the text, please see Actions & Retributions: A Taoist Treatise on Attaining Spiritual Virtue, Longevity, and Immortality.
Tai Ji Quan Shi Yong Fa: Practical Use Methods of Taijiquan
A Commemorative Book for a Combined Assembly of Yang Family Taijiquan Lineage Holders
(Chinese Text Only)
Authored by Yang Chengfu, Compiled and Edited by Liang Hancao and Han Zhengsheng
Collector Edition (Chinese language only)
This Chinese reproduction by Valley Spirits Arts comes from an original work on the Practical Use Methods of Tai Ji Quan. This commemorative book was originally compiled by a combined assembly of Yang Family Taijiquan lineage holders who held a conference during the third month of 1953 at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. The book contains many photos of the event as well as 102 photographs of Yang Chengfu performing the Yang Family Taijiquan postures, eight photos of the two main sets of Taijiquan Pushing Hands, thirty-seven photos of Yang Chengfu performing Taijiquan applications, and fourteen photos of the Taiji Spear two-person set (featuring Master Chen Weiming). The book also contains many original Yang Family writings, lineage charts and photos of teachers and biographies of Yang Family members and disciples (Chinese text only).
This collector’s edition is a companion work to the short film (narrated in English) that Master T.T. Liang produced at the conference, also available from Valley Spirit Arts in the DVD Master T.T. Liang Taijiquan Demonstrations. The rare historical footage in the DVD includes demonstrations of Prof. Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s 37-Posture T’ai Chi Ch’uan Solo Form, Master T.T. Liang’s 178-Posture Two-Person (San Shou) T’ai Chi Ch’uan Set, T’ai Chi Double-Edged Sword Form, and the San-Cai (Three Powers) Sword Fencing Set.
Sample Book Pages:YangCommemorationBook_Sample_Pages
The Tai Ji Quan Shi Yong Fa: Practical Use Methods of Taijiquan book and Master T.T. Liang Taijiquan Demonstrations DVD are true historical treasures on the art of Taijiquan.
Purchase the Yang Family Lineage Holders Book and DVD Set at the discounted price of $69.95 ($79.90 when sold separately).
The long-awaited third volume in the Chen Kung Series presents the detailed instructions on the original Yang Style 105-Posture Taijiquan form, along with explanations of the practical self-defense applications, commentaries by Chen Kung, translations of the illustrations in the text, and notes by Stuart Alve Olson. A truly remarkable, insightful work that complements anyone’s library on the art of Taijiquan.
Other books and DVDs in the Chen Kung Series
In the Future!
Online Master’s Program on the Art of Taijiquan
Each lesson in this program will be taught in detail by Stuart Alve Olson, along with explanations on various self-defense techniques, intrinsic energies, principles, and theories. These lessons go beyond just demonstrations and instructions, delving deeply into the aspects for mastering Taijiquan practice. Sixty+ lessons will eventually be made available. Study them one-by-one at your own pace. Check back for updates as they become available and join our mailing list.
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