Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan - Martial Arts

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Bob Fermor with Master Deng Er Qian

Bob Fermor has been training in the Martial for over 30 years, starting in 1975. He has been studying Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan since 1985 under Master Deng Er Qian of Shanghai Mainland China. Who was taught by his father, Grandmaster Deng Ke Yu, who trained directly under Grandmaster Yang Cheung Fu.

Grandmaster Deng Ke Yu was a very good friend of Chen Man Ching. Chen Man Ching went on to produce his own style of Tai Chi Chuan but he was also noted for his renowned Pushing Hand ability.

Deng Ke Yu was also very good friends with Ma Lu Liang of the Wu Style family Tai Chi Chuan.

When Bob first trained under Master Deng Er Qian, he was amazed by his skills in fighting especially in Pushing Hands. It was very interesting to see an art practised at such a slow pace, that when used in a self-defence situation it could be such a devastating Martial Art.

There are many different variations of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan practised in the world today, but I am afraid that a lot of the Yang Style that is practised, especially in England, just would not be recognised in Mainland China. The reason for this is, because of its popularity in the western world, it has been watered down to such an extent that the Martial Art side of it has become almost obsolete. People who practice Tai Chi today are doing it merely for health purposes, and often are not even aware that it is a Martial Art.




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Bob and the Chin Woo Athletic Association of Shanghai

On Bob’s last visit to China, he visited the Chin Woo Athletic Association’s Head quarters in Shanghai. His Master’s daughter Deng Ting Fen accompanied him and his student David Watts to the Chin Woo Head Quarters, and after a long and lengthy meeting, Mr Chang (who is the chairman of the Chin Woo Athletic Association of Shanghai), asked Bob if he would demonstrate some of his Yang Style Tai Chi for them. Mr Chang and his colleagues were very impressed with his ability in Tai Chi and Pushing Hands, that they said Bob was very lucky to have a Master like Deng Er Qian.

Guan Yu Martial Arts for Tai Chi, Tiger Claw Kung Fu and Bagua in Hertfordshire (Herts)

During this meeting, they informed Bob that the Yang Style he practices is recognised by the Chin Woo Athletic Association as Fu Zhong Wen’s lineage, and as Fu Zhong Wen was noted as one of Yang Chen Fu’s top student’s, they were pleased to see that the Yang Style practised by Bob was the same

Bob then received the rare honour of a personal invitation to go back to Shanghai for the opening of the newly built Head Quarters and to have further discussions on the development of rules & regulations of pushing hands competition within the Chin Woo Athletic Association in Shanghai.

You will find that Tai Chi is practised early in the mornings at every park or any unused area. The Chinese Community are only too pleased for you to join in, as they find it unusual to see a westerner playing Tai Chi.




Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan

Practised within the National Academy of Martial Arts. Even though Tai Chi can be very complicated and sometimes confusing especially when learning Tai Chi for the very first time, it is now when the instructor plays an important part in you’re training. Master Deng always said keep it simple. So let us look at yang style tai chi what does it comprise of:

1. The Yang Long Form: 85 forms.
2. The Yang Broad Sword.
3. The Yang Straight Sword.
4. Pushing Hands.

Out of these four pushing hands training is the most important, simply because with out it you’re Tai Chi form will only be a form of exercise, not the training of the true martial art. Pushing Hands is the link between the long form and the execution of a martial art technique in a real life and death situation, the long form is where you are practising the moves of the martial art technique with co-ordination of breath, where as Pushing Hands is where you learn to apply the technique in an exercise of working together with a partner, through this training method you will learn to feel and adhere to your partner learning to sense when your partner is going to initiate an attack, by feeling through your hands this is also known as sticking and listening energy.

Instructor - Coach

When you first set out to find yourself a Tai Chi instructor you have to sit down and think what is it that you want to learn from Tai Chi is it just for health and breathing exercise or is it for the martial art where not only are you doing it for health and breathing exercise but you also learn what each movement is for in a martial art sense. My advice is choose wisely there are a lot of instructors out there, preferably keep to the instructors who have only trained under one master as opposed to many different masters the reason being that many masters equals many theories resulting in a confused instructor and also confused students. You must also remember a book acts only as a reference not a teacher. So Good luck.



Traditional Yang Style 85 Forms
Terminology

Section 1

1. Opening Form
2. Step Up (Shoulder Stroke) Grasp the Bird's Tail
3. Single Whip
4. Raise Hands
5. White Crane Spreads its Wings
6. Brush Knee, Push
7. Strum the Lute
8. Brush Knee, Push 3 times
9. Strum the Lute
10. Brush Knee, Push
11. Step Up Parry Punch
12. Apparent Close Up
13. Cross Hands


Section 2

14. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
15. Fist Under Elbow
16. Repulse the Monkey 3, 5 or 7 times
17. Slant Flying
18. Raise Hands
19. White Crane Spreads its Wings
20. Brush Knee, Push
21. Needle at Sea Bottom
22. Flash Arm
23. Turn, Sidle Punch
24. Step Up Parry Punch
25. Step Up Grasp the Bird's Tail
26. Single Whip
27. Cloud Hands 3, 5 or 7 times
28. Single Whip
29. High Pat on Horse
30. Separate Right Foot
31. Separate Left Foot
32. Turn Kick Left Heel
33. Brush Knee, Push 2 times
34. Brush Knee, Downward Punch
35. Turn, Sidle Punch
36. Step Up Parry Punch
37. Kick Right Heel
38. Hit the tiger to the Left and Right
39. Kick Right Heel
40. Strike Opponent with Fists
41. Kick Left Heel, Turn 360 degrees
42. Kick Right Heel
43. Step Up Parry Punch
44. Apparent Close Up
45. Cross Hands


Section 3

46. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
47. Diagonal Single Whip
48. Part the Wild Horses Mane 3 times
49. Step Up (Shoulder Stroke) Grasp the Bird's Tail
50. Single Whip
51. Fair Lady Works the Shuttles to the 4 corners
52. Step Up (Shoulder Stroke) Grasp the Bird's Tail
53. Single Whip
54. Cloud Hands 3, 5 or 7 times
55. Single Whip
56. Snake Creeps Down
57. Golden Rooster Stands on Left & Right Legs
58. Repulse the Monkey 3, 5 or 7 times
59. Slant Flying
60. Raise Hands
61. White Crane Spreads its Wings
62. Brush Knee, Push
63. Needle at Sea Bottom
64. Flash Arm
65. Turn, Sidle Punch, Snake Shows its Tongue
66. Step Up Parry Punch
67. Step Up Grasp the Bird's Tail
68. Single Whip
69. Cloud Hands 3, 5 or 7 times
70. Single Whip
71. High Pat on Horse
72. Floating Palm
73. Turn, Kick Right Heel
74. Step Up Parry Downward Punch
75. Step Up Grasp the Bird's Tail
76. Single Whip
77. Snake Creeps Down
78. Form the Seven Stars
79. Retreat to Ride the Tiger
80. Turn, White Lotus Kick
81. Archer Shooting the Tiger
82. Step Up Parry Punch
83. Apparent Close Up
84. Cross Hands
85. Closing Form



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'In the Shadow of the Masters' Instructional Training Manual

by Bob Fermor

This 276 page book is packed full of information with over 800 photos demonstrating traditional warm-up exercises, basic stretching, complete Traditional Yang Style 85 Forms (complete form illustrated move-by-move), Pushing Hands - Tui Sau (both single and sought after double hand routines) also includes martial art techniques and applications.

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Simplified Yang Style Short Form
Terminology

1. Opening Form
2. Part the Wild Horses Mane 3 times
3. White Crane Spreads its Wings
4. Brush Knee, Push 3 times
5. Strum the Lute
6. Repulse the Monkey 4 times
7. Grasp the Bird’s Tail Left Side
8. Grasp the Bird’s Tail Right Side
9. Single Whip
10. Cloud Hands 3 times
11. Single Whip
12. High Pat on Horse
13. Floating Palm
14. Kick Right Heel 15. Strike Opponent with Fists
16. Kick Left Heel
17. Snake Creeps Down Left Side
18. Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg
19. Snake Creeps Down Right Side
20. Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg
21. Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (Right and Left)
22. Needle at Sea Bottom
23. Flash Arm
24. Turn, Sidle Punch
25. Step Up Parry Punch
26. Apparent Close Up
27. Cross Hands
28. Closing Form



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'In the Shadow of the Masters' Short Form and Broad Sword Instructional DVD

The first DVD in the training series by Bob Fermor covers the Simplified Yang Tai Chi Chuan Short Form and Broad Sword. The DVD includes the Short Form demonstrated by Joanne and Bob Fermor along with terminology and demonstration of basic martial art applications. Bob also preforms the Yang Style Broad Sword.

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