Tag Archives: Integrated Strength

The Way of Yi Chuan

Yi Chuan can be called an ancient method in a modern package.  While Yi Chuan (also know a Da Cheng Chuan or great achievement fist) was systematized in the early 1900’s by Grandmaster Wang it is based on a method that … Continue reading

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The Opposite

Many times in my experience with Yi Chuan the right path was the opposite of what I thought it was.  For you Seinfeld fans out there I felt like George Costnaza…..if I just did The Opposite of what I thought it was I would … Continue reading

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Yi Chuan Puts Standing First

Most martial arts systems start by teaching new students basic techniques.  Stances, blocks, punches, kicks, break-falls, joint locks and other techniques are practiced and improved through repetition. Yi Chuan is different; in that, the method clearly asserts that it has … Continue reading

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Three For One

Yi Chuan is a holistic approach to cultivation because it helps build health, increase energy and improve self-defense capabilities simultaneously.  Like the three sides of a triangle, health, energy and self-defense mutually support one another.  How could you have good energy … Continue reading

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Integrated Strength

Most people have never experienced integrated strength.  Before meeting my teacher I had only heard stories and read historical accounts of people who had achieved the skill.  With an athletic background that included extensive strength training and years of martial arts practice under my … Continue reading

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Play With It

It would be quite a shame if the results of Yi Chuan practice were only useful for self defense.  Fortunately they are not. To make use of strength, flexibility, balance, awareness and other gains achieved through Yi Chuan practice you … Continue reading

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Make it Routine

Particularly in Yi Chuan a little bit of practice each day is far better than a bunch of practice once a week.  Building a daily habit to practice your routine (aka take your medicine) is a crucial component of getting results. … Continue reading

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Establish Clear Goals

In order to develop training habits that your improve your skill you need clear and reachable goals.  Its just common sense that often gets obscured by the excitement of learning something new.  I remember being admonished by my teacher on many occasions for putting … Continue reading

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Ride the Wave

Integrated strength exhibits characteristics that differentiate it from ordinary strength.  In Yi Chuan the procedures for testing integrated strength are designed to help the practitioner recognize these differences.  In many cases the practitioner will fail the test if he or she is … Continue reading

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Close Quarters

Before studying Yi Chuan I spent a fair amount of time in Aiki Jutsu.  Joint locks, throws, take downs and grappling practices in Waza format or freestyle was the focus.  Most of that training was self-defense oriented, meaning we would … Continue reading

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