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Gain deeper insights into the world of internal Chinese gongfu as Sifu Ken Gullette talks with prominent instructors about Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Qigong, and the philosophy that guides these amazing martial arts. This is a real-world conversation without the mystical mumbo jumbo -- a No Woo-Woo Zone. You will walk away with deeper knowledge and new inspiration after listening to this fun and insightful conversation.

Internal Fighting Arts | Learn Real-World Martial Arts Insights from Top Instructors of Tai Chi - Xingyi - Bagua and Qiqong Ken Gullette: Instructor of Internal Chinese Martial Arts

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Gain deeper insights into the world of internal Chinese gongfu as Sifu Ken Gullette talks with prominent instructors about Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Qigong, and the philosophy that guides these amazing martial arts. This is a real-world conversation without the mystical mumbo jumbo -- a No Woo-Woo Zone. You will walk away with deeper knowledge and new inspiration after listening to this fun and insightful conversation.

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-45-Mark-Chen-Book

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-45-Mark-Chen-Book

    Mark Chen has written a valuable new book called "Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art." The book is a translation into English of some important documents that date back to the earliest days of Taijiquan. In this interview, Ken Gullette talks with Mark about the challenges of translating Chinese to English, and they explore the stories, legends and facts behind some of the Chen family's greatest masters, including Chen Wangting, Chen Changxing, and how Chen Zhaopi and Chen Fake went to Beijing and boosted the reputation of Chen Taiji as a martial art. Chen Zhaopi was born in 1893 and lived in the last generation when Taiji fighters would battle "bandits" (often revolutionaries) with swords. In the 21st Century, is Taiji more academic than it is practical? Is it still worth pursuing? Mark Chen is a formal rumen disciple of the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou.

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Internal-Fighting-Arts-44-Jon-Nicklin

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-44-Jon-Nicklin

    Ken Gullette talks with Jon Nicklin, who lived several years in Shanghai and became a disciple of Dai Xueqi, who is a master of Song family Xingyiquan living in Shanghai. Jon has a wide range of experience in Chinese martial arts, beginning when he lived in London. He now lives in Hong Kong. Ken and Jon talk about his experience studying with a "traditional" Xingyi teacher, the culture shock of moving to Shanghai, and a series of videos that Jon is helping to develop that will shine a light on different Xingyi styles and teachers in China. Jon describes himself as a "hobbyist," but like all of Ken's guests, he is a dedicated martial artist.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Internal-Fighting-Arts-43-Michael-Dorgan

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-43-Michael-Dorgan

    Is your mind quiet enough to do Tai Chi? Ken Gullette interviews Michael Dorgan, a Hunyuan Taijiquan instuctor and owner of Hunyuan Martial Arts Academy of San Jose in California. Michael is a disciple of the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. He has also studied with Wong Jack Man, George Xu, Zhang Xue Xin, Feng Xiuqian and Chen Xiang. Michael was a correspondent for Knight Ridder newspapers stationed in Beijing in 1999 when he met Feng Zhiqiang. In 1980, Michael wrote the article about the Bruce Lee/Wong Jack Man fight that eventually sparked the movie "Birth of the Dragon." In this fascinating interview, Michael talks with Ken about training with Wong Jack Man, Michael's opinion about the fight, his training in Chen Hunyuan Taiji, and the importance of a quiet mind and a virtuous character if someone is to attain high-level skill in this art. Michael's website is www.taichisanjose.com. Ken Gullette's website is www.internalfightingarts.com.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Internal-Fighting-Arts-42-Holly-Sweeney-Hillman

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-42-Holly-Sweeney-Hillman

    Ken Gullette talks with Holly Sweeney-Hillman, a Senior-level instructor of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi in Pottersville, New Jersey and the Center Director for the Bedford/Montclair Yang Family Tai Chi Center. Holly has studied with Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun. In this interview, she talks about studying wih members of the Yang family, how Yang tai chi fit with her love of the science of body movement, and she talks a little about the Alexander Technique and a program she designed called Zentonics, which is used to correct posture and improve balance, supplenes, and increase serenity. Holly has a B.A. in Dance and a Master's in Orthopedic Biomechanics. Her website is www.taichistrong.com.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Internal-Fighting-Arts-41-Derryl-Willis

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-41-Derryl-Willis

    Ken Gullette talks with Derryl Willis, a Seattle-based instructor of Chen Taijiquan who is a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. Derryl has made many trips to study in the Chen Village. In this interview, Derryl and Ken discuss the true meaning of being a disciple, the value of practicing the basics, and why Derryl caused traffic to stop the first time he walked the street in Chen Village.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Internal-Fighting-Arts-40-Matthew-Polly

    Internal-Fighting-Arts-40-Matthew-Polly

    Bruce Lee inspired Ken Gullette and Matthew Polly to become involved in martial arts. Now, Matthew has written the best and most detailed biography of Bruce Lee of all. Ken talks with Matthew about Bruce Lee -- his troubled childhood, the hurdles he faced in America, his true skill level, and how he died. Ken also explores two of Matthew's other outstanding books -- "Tapped Out," which was written after Matthew spent two years training in the MMA, and "American Shaolin," written after Matthew spent two years living and training with Shaolin monks in China. His books are examples of participatory journalism, not just writing about a subject, but diving deep and living it, and always with a sense of humor and a deep love for the martial arts.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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A Wonderful Martial Arts Podcast

I have thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. Ken is a great host; his experience shines through when interviewing his guests and it helps to bring out enlightening details in their stories. I would recommend this for anyone interested in any martial arts or even Kung Fu movies (the Stephan Berwick episode has a great Donnie Yen story :) )

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