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  1. Jack Rusher is offline
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    Violet Li at the Examiner

    Some nice articles by Violet Li in the Examiner:

    The fearless Tai Chi master Chen Ziqiang

    Naturally he started Tai Chi training at the very young age of four. He is fluent in all Chen Style forms and weapons. His preferences are Tai Chi Push Hands and San Shou (a full body contact sport, including kicking, punching, and grabbing). He participated in large formal Tai Chi tournaments since he was 19-years old.
    At 5’5” (165 centimeters) and 132 pounds (60 kilograms), Master Chen seems extremely small in front of his western students. Greg Pomerantz, who helped to organize the workshop in New York, said that Master Chen had no fear, he sparred with anyone
    (I'm heartened to see that Mr Powerantz's YouTube channel includes not only taiji footage, but also a video of himself deadlifting 415 lbs at a bodyweight of 157 lbs. In the comments thread for one of the videos, someone asks "Did you ever get a chance to ask Chen Ziqiang about his personal weightlifting program?" Yes, Virginia, fighting champions from Chen village lift weights too.)

    Does Tai Chi have any real martial art value?

    The gentle-looking Chen Zhicheng is a student of Master Wang Zhanjun. In the west, Wang Zhanjun may not be as well known as other 12th generation Chen Style Tai Chi inheritors. Born to Grandmaster Wang Xian, he is an undefeated heavyweight Lai Tai champion in national and international tournaments. He continued to compete even though he was the oldest one on the Lei Tai. Wang Zhanjun also trained many other Tai Chi martial artists gold medalists in Lei Tai and Push Hands tournaments.
    (Includes video links to the finals, which have already been posted to Bullshido by Rivington.)
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    Regarding Chen Ziqiang's weight training, these photos of the man should erase any idea that there's something "not internal" about being athletically capable:

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    LOL. But But But weights inhibit chi flow.
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    Damn, I want a shot of him deadlifting, not doing biceps curls.
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    Thank you for this post.
    I was trying to find as much as possible about the training regimen of people from the village. This guy seems like top of the line and I remember reading an article about him studying physical education at university(?).
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    Really excellent interview with Chen Ziqiang from 2006:

    We take our fighting skills very seriously here. It's not uncommon for someone to get a broken arm or wrist, or broken ribs, in a fighting match. It's just part of the training experience here.

    For every student, training starts each day at dawn with a five kilometer run [...]

    When Ziqiang was training in push hands to compete for different competitions, every student in the school had to form a long line, and one by one each student had to attack Ziqiang. Usually within seconds there would be a loud slamming noise and the attacker would crawl away to get back into line, and the next opponent would immediately attack Ziqiang. This would go on for hours non-stop, with no breaks.
    “Most people do not do, but take refuge in theory and talk, thinking that they will become good in this way” -- Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, II.4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Rusher View Post
    Really excellent interview with Chen Ziqiang from 2006:
    That's a great article. Recently learned he's done seminars in London, I had no idea. Gutted!

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