The Full Hong Practical Method Yilu and my Feng 24x Chen Taiji

Sorry about the background noise. This footage is unedited and includes the beginning where I set up my phones to record everything.

I try to perform my Hong Form as close to as what was taught to me in Shangdong, but my art/creativity/spontaneity causes me to add repetitions (make work) or make a unique movement. The Hong Yilu is meant to be done rapidly, or fairly quickly, in order to condense it to five to six minutes.

This is the only logical explanation for the apocryphal stories we hear about Chen Fake performing thirty yilus daily (bearing in mind that Chinese culture sometimes lovingly embellishes their heroes accomplishments). While there I had my Cannon Fist form assisted by a young man who once performed over one hundred Yilus in one sitting with breaks for water.

I have only the highest regard for the gongfu instruction at Da Ching Shen under Master Chen and Master Sun. The Chinese Tui Shou (push hands) is vastly higher quality and more challenging than here in the states. It can be likened to Stand Up Wrestling where hard throws, sweeps, and trips are allowed. Usually, they are not allowed in much of American push hands.

My intention is teach my Feng 24x, but I wish Master Chen and his disciples the best in their practice and teaching ventures. I will always love and practice the Hong Yilu, but in time it will drift a bit, because of my Feng Hunyuan Chen taijiquan overlap. It will become more spontaneous and you will see more Feng-like and Zhang-like moves creep into my Hong form.

However, if you watch my Feng 24x (yes X is for experimental), you may see some Hong-like movements creep into my Hunyuan Method.

Thank you for watching.

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Feng 24X Chen-style Yilu Instruction Available

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White Crane Spreads Its Wings

Contact me for *private lessons only. I offer one of two teaching trainings :

* Feng-style Hunyuan 24X Chen Yilu instruction

* Corrections and internal power instruction

You must demonstrate any tai chi form to me in person to validate your tai chi training background to recieve Feng 24X Yilu form training or Nei Gong methods to assist your current form practice.

A reference from your current or last internal arts teacher is helpful, but your form demo is all the background check I require.

$150/hour for Feng 24X Yilu form training.

$300/hour for advanced Nei Gong coaching to help your form practice grow and mature.

“Don’t follow a master. Become a master”

– some northeast coast bagua dragon

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* Please note: I will never churn out certified instructors for my method, because I would never certify anyone who does not meet my standard. Nor will I ever take on disciples. I couldn’t bear to witness my disciples fail to train as hard as I do, from the Spirit Realm, while having my blessing to teach. Not on my watch. Not ever.

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The Mystery of Concrete

Almost every chi gung (qigong) teacher I have ever had the privilege of studying under, has cautioned me about practicing meditation or energy work while sitting, standing, or walking on concrete.

The reason I was given, (reliably) that I should beware concrete, is that concrete is actually Yin solidity. It sucks. Literally, energetically speaking. Red brick is dried out by heating it in fiery ovens. This burns the moisture out, leaving the interior space of the brick airy with micro holes and tunnels.

Concrete, especially older versions, contain lye. Concrete cures cold. That means you do not do anything to the mixture, other than let it settle over time. I have heard that the foundations of the ancient Chinese palaces took years, even decades to completely cure all the way deep inside. Their centers or depths would remain cold and wet, for protracted periods of time. Causing the cement mixture to become deeply filled, and congealed. Creating a Yin energy matrix.

Yin energy absorbs Yang energy. Men are outwardly Yang. As men practice, they “give their chi to the air”. This is one of the reasons that a chi gung practitioner should avoid sweating and practicing in high winds simultaneously. It is because the wind-cold strips their Yang energy away more efficiently, and faster; essentially bleeding them of their power, as they generate it.

You don’t practice high level energy work, or even sitting, for prolonged periods of time on concrete, so you don’t lose some of your chi – to the grounding, sucking, cold-chi matrix of cement, or stone. In fact, among men, it is commonly advised to avoid sitting on rocks for extended periods, due to getting a medical condition called “piles”.

As a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I am always re-discovering the rules, as it were, as I go along. I don’t just take it for granted, that “Thou shall never… And thou shall always”, when it comes to practicing and engineering chi energy exercise. My theory, is that first you have to take it all apart, and put it back together again, to truly understand how it all works, on an experiential level. Then you speak from a place of personal knowledge, commingled with the experience gained from the fruits of your labors.

This attitude of “let’s break the rules, a little at least, and see if I can provoke the ‘anti-response’, or the penalty effect, of that rule breakage, to know, for sure, that the principle I am working on, actually works the way it says it does”, is what led me to practicing with enough intensity during taiji or ba gua zhang, to sweat, while I was in environments with Yin matrices, like a river lowland, surrounded in mist. Or, a windy beach. At night, for extra Yin points.

I have never experienced energy drain from practicing on concrete, or stones, for any length of time. No matter the duration, time of day, or my personal energy in terms of Yin or Yang cultivation.

I have enough respect for the canon of Traditional Chinese Medicine, that I don’t think they are wrong. What I think may be the case in a lot of formulas and advice, is that the medical advice imparted is the result of men’s observations of themselves, and their practice results. Leading me to believe almost in reverse, that most of Chinese medicine is geared towards men’s health. Fair enough, in the sense that all these men contributed their trial and error results. That is pretty neat actually. If you are a guy.

In my experience when reading Chinese energy work, or yogic prana work for that matter, that the way to fully grasp the principle, is to either, break the rule itself. Or do it in reverse/body opposite. Then, the rule would apply, or not. Or the effect would be stronger, or more manifest or obvious. It is slightly counter-intuitive, until you try it. Practicing on concrete does not drain my chi, because my chi matrix, is Yin energy, within, and without. I. absorb.

Here is a video of Lei Muni I thought I would share, only because I was watching it before I started this post. I like his tai chi expression a lot.

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Green Dragon Emerges From Water

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This posture is one of my favorites. in Chen Taiji. It is called Green Dragon Emerges From Water. When done correctly, it emulates the coil in and coil out effects of gravity, orbital slingshotting, and compression/whip-snap energy release in an outer or inner direction, depending on internal intent. Meaning you can FaJin, project force outward/away. Or, you can swirl and twist energy to slowly or rapidly contract around you.

This kind of energy potential to coil in or out in calm suspension or soft tension is also known as Jade Serpent Wraps Around Itself.

Like a cobra, viper or anaconda poised to lash outward like a “Z” or swirl and slide around the opposition and literally drain its energy by smothering its vibrations. Like screaming, writhing, or even breathing. Then she feeds.

Basic instincts at an energy level. Neuro-basal response lies under and powers the primal animal survival pattern. The person that can embody the animal aspects and their underlying energy principles. Such as a yang fighting style. Like wolves, rams, and wolf spiders or sharks. Or a Yin aspect like an octopus, sea urchin, praying mantis, pythons and black widow spiders.

This version of GDEFL is modeled after the Hunyuan rendition of the Chen Yilu. The same exact movement exists in the Hong version of the Chen Yilu. Both in my experience (or opinion), are meaningful. From the image stills of Chen Fa Ke, I feel as though the version I am doing may be closest to what Chen Fa Ke did. But really, no one alive truly knows.

As for myself, I am just trying to re-engineer Chen Fa Ka’s form and intent with all the clues available. Surely, if we visually analyze the movements of ChenYu, ChenZhonghua, LeiMuni, YangWenHu, and FengZhiQiang, there is a “shape”, or “form”, that is visible to a discerning eye. My personal training practice revolves around manifesting this “hidden shape” and less on being a near-perfect practicing copy of any one particular teacher’s shape of taiji gongfu.

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I have a whirlwind inside me

When I went to China, I asked several people that I thought might have some thoughts on a perplexing question I’ve had since I have been training in internal martial arts.

Every teacher I have ever had in internal arts has cautioned with me with a bit of Classic Chinese Medical advice:

“Do not practice standing training, tai chi, hsing yi, ba gua zhang, or chi gung in high wind. Otherwise you may come down with ‘Wind Sickness’ that will basically screw-up your chi field for awhile.”

I have always admired and respected and followed quite a bit of Traditional Chinese Medicine because it has often worked so amazingly well for me. Over the years I have contracted all kinds of issues, from depression, to soft tissue pains, to spinal damage. I have managed to fix most of them either completely, or I maintain them from getting worse as I get older.

I wanted to understand Wind Sickness in order to cure myself of it, to add that to my resume as a chinese energy art practictioner, so I deliberately broke the rules. I train near high wind, windy and foggy, or windy and cold weather all the time. I have spent hours upon hours doing all kinds of energy work on the beach, especially.

After years of failing to contract Wind Sickness, I conclude that my spiraling energy body wards off Wind Chi, and either protects me from Wind Sickness, or I am immune because I already have a windy chi vortex spiraling around inside.

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A Small Confession

I’d like to share an experience about this one time I misused my abilities. I’ve only told one person in the entire world about this.

In my book I described learning a veritable encyclopedia of meditation techniques from different sources. Sources like friends who were into the occult, books describing religious asceticism or mysticism, various martial art teachers who favored this practice or that one.

During my early twenties, I was poor. I did hard work to pay the bills. Most of my spare money was budgeted to buying books, seminars, private lessons and videos from a variety of internal martial arts instructors.

Because of my financial situation, I feared I would never be able to afford to become a student-teacher to one of  main teachers. His training was marketed to a demographic with a lot more disposable income than I could possibly achieve at that time in my life.

My goal was to get as good at meditation and internal martial arts as I could, which necessitated that I put any ideas about family, college, or financial earning careers out of my mind in order to pursue my dream. Any of those things would be distractions I did not want on my time back then.

During the last meditation retreat that I attended with one of my main teachers, I decided that my training, my evolution, and my progress dictated that I truly use all my abilities while I was there. The economy was starting to slip and slide at the time, and one of the reasons I had time to go to retreats was due to a business slump which enabled me to take time off from work without adding much work for the other employees of our small workshop.

So it was, that on the third or fourth day of the retreat, I took the opportunity to sit close to our teacher. For the duration of the day, I phased my chi very subtly, into his energy matrix. Like a tiny spider, I built a net, a grid, of trip lines inside him. Then I sat very, very, very still.

What happened is that, as we practiced, he transmitted his chi on various wavelengths. As he did so, he scribed his energy patterns onto my grid-lines, much like an earthquake causes pens to write down zigs and zags on a seismometer, or like a laser codes a compact disc or dvd.

This web that I wove inside him, I created by first, opening a gate inside my being. A shadow gate without ripples. I then folded space inside that gate, like folding an interior pocket inside a coat or a jacket. I made the destination opening for this space-fold, his central channel. I then slipped gently from my space, into his space. I materialized like a mist or smoke. Very softly, so as not to disturb his chi field. I grew my presence inside him, one micron at a time in the shape of a neuron or a spider.

For the next two days, I kept that mind-intention-shape inside him. He gave me a copy of the content of his mind, heart, and lower dan tien, because I set up my dark energy web clusters in his upper, middle, and lower dan tiens. This means I acquired his teachers energy patterns, as well. Since then, my internal presence, my own spiraling chi body has grown and mutated.

When I started studying Chen style tai ji, I focused on the movements of Masters Feng, Hong, Joseph Chen, Lei Mu Ni, Yang Wen Hu, and Chen Yu.

I have practiced Chen style with different “flavors” by trying out variations of movements like Brush Knee Twist Step, and Waving Hands Like The Clouds that I have been taught in person, or observed in various videos of masters at practice.

In the last six months, something wonderful has grown inside me and begun to express itself in my form. The combination of Ba Gua power training, mixed with countless Feng and Hong Yilu repetition has unlocked a whirlwind inside of me, and my hands and feet quite literally snap the air and shake the sidewalk.

I look forward to demonstrating my taiji, for anyone who wants to see this spiraling vortex for themselves.

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Another blog opening

Just a fun project on the side, I have created a blog called, “Black Cat Photography”. Really, it’s just a place to dump my cellphone images I’ve collected from all over San Francisco and the Bay Area in the past nine months.

https://blackcatphotographs.wordpress.com/

Feel free to check in from time to time and see what I’ve posted. For a humble cellphone, mine takes surprisingly detailed images. I just don’t have the time or a studio to pursue my black and white sketches, and if I could actually paint in colors, I might paint landscapes like Ocean Beach, the Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.

The camera takes almost all skill out of imaging landscapes. Except these are real. You can still dream or imagine up fantasy ones that only exist in your mind until you give life to it by creating using your preferred medium.

To be fair, learning to use the camera and taking nice shots with it, is another skill entirely different from painting or drawing.

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