73 episodes

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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    • 4.4 • 41 Ratings

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 73 - Raphael Smith

    Internal Fighting Arts 73 - Raphael Smith

    Ken Gullette talks with Raphael Smith, an instructor of Song style Xingyiquan, Chen style Practical Method Taijiquan, and combat-related arts in the Sacramento, California area. He goes by Ralph and he is a disciple of Song style Xingyiquan master Li Yujie. Ralph's website is www.jingwupai.org. In this interview, Ralph talks about why he went to China at age 22, the difficulty of working long hours in China and finding time for training, and what it was like to train there. Ken teaches through online classes, videos and personal coaching sessions via his online school at www.internalfightingarts.com. 

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 72 - Gerald A. Sharp

    Internal Fighting Arts 72 - Gerald A. Sharp

    Ken Gullette talks with instructor Gerald A. Sharp, who Ken first became aware of in the 1990s when he bought Gerald's "Five Fists of Power" VHS instructional tape. Gerald A. Sharp began studying martial arts at age 12. Later, he studied with several internal arts teachers, notably Wu Taiji with Master Ma Yueh Liang, and he studied Pa-Kua Chang, Hsing-I Chuan and Nei Jia Kung Fu with Zou Shuxian, who was the Top Disciple and adopted daughter of Jiang Rong Qiao. He has won numerous medals in tournaments in the United States and China. In this wide-ranging interview, Ken and Gerald talk about Gerald's history in the internal arts, studying with Ma Yueh Liang, and his experience acting on the set of "Highway to Heaven" and meeting Michael Landon, along with his appearances on soap operas such as "The Young and the Restless." Gerald A. Sharp's website is at www.chiflow.com. He lives and teaches Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Pa-Kua, Nei Jia, Chi Kung, and Liangong in Granada Hills, California. Ken Gullette teaches through his online school at www.internalfightingarts.com. 

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 71 - Byron Jacobs Xingyi Quan Book

    Internal Fighting Arts 71 - Byron Jacobs Xingyi Quan Book

    Byron Jacobs published an excellent Xingyi Quan book in 2023 titled "Dragon Body, Tiger Spirit." In this book, Byron translates a collection of Xingyi Quan classics and provides commentary that will help anyone who studies and practices this powerful martial art. Byron lives in Beijing and has an extensive martial arts history. He has been a guest previously. Byron is a disciple of Master Di Guoyong. In this interview, Ken Gullette and Byron talk about the book, how it came to be, and details on some of the training tips and methods described in the pages. Running time is one hour and nine minutes. Byron's website is www.mushinmartialculture.com. He also teaches online through Patreon at patreon.com/mushinmartialculture. Ken teaches through his online school at www.internalfightingarts.com.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 70 - Greatest Hits Vol. 1

    Internal Fighting Arts 70 - Greatest Hits Vol. 1

    This podcast features some of Ken Gullette's favorite clips from the first couple of years the Internal Fighting Arts podcast. It's a Greatest Hits featuring fascinating interviews with great internal martial artists including Michael Chritton, Stefan Berwick, Marin Spivack, Kimberly Ivy, Kent Howard, Byron Jacobs, and Jeet Kune Do instructor Tim Tackett. You'll hear what it's like to meet and train with top Chinese masters, the difficult training -- "eating bitter" -- that real skill requires. You will be as fired up as Ken is listening to personal stories about what it's like to be a disciple, whether Chinese masters actually take it easy on Westerners, and other experiences by people who have spent years, a lot of sweat and a lot of money seeking out great masters and training with them in Taiji, Xingyi and Bagua. Total running time is an hour and 10 minutes. This podcast also features a giveaway of 10 digital codes to win a digital copy of "Enter the Dragon" in its new 4K/Ultra HD format, given to Ken by Warner Brothers as prizes for listening and commenting on Ken's blog -- www.internalfightingarts.com/blog. Comment on the post about the Giveaway and you'll have a chance to win a digital code to own your own digital copy of "Enter the Dragon." The drawing will be held Sunday, August 27, 2023 at Noon Chicago time on Ken's Internal Fighting Arts Facebook page. After August 27, 2023, you can ignore that part of the podcast. :) 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 69 - Tony Wong

    Internal Fighting Arts 69 - Tony Wong

    Ken Gullette interviews instructor Tony Wong. His birth name was Wong Wai Yi and he grew up in Hong Kong before moving to the United States. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco area. Tony has trained with some outstanding teachers. He studied Wing Chun with Kenneth Chung, Wuji Qigong with Cai Song Fang, and he studied Chen Taijiquan with Zhang Xue Xin, Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing and Chen Qingzhou. He also studied Yiquan with Chen Zhengzhong. In this interview, Ken talks with Tony, who has interesting stories to tell about his teachers and other experiences, including what it was like to train for push hands competition in China. Tony's website is www.chenfamilytaiji.com. Ken teaches through his own website at www.InternalFightingArts.com.
     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 68 - Nabil Ranne

    Internal Fighting Arts 68 - Nabil Ranne

    Ken Gullette talks with Nabil Ranne almost three years after Nabil's first appearance on the podcast. Nabil is a disciple of Chen Yu (the son of Chen Zhaokui and grandson of Chen Fake). After he interviewed Nabil in 2020, Ken began studying with him. In this interview, Ken tries to get "into the weeds" with Nabil and discuss details that you don't often hear in martial arts interviews -- details about body method and other principles that are taught with a different emphasis by Chen Yu. Nabil lives in Berlin with students in Germany and internationally. He has a website at https://ctnd.de and he also has an online "school" at https://ctn.academy. The interview runs one hour six minutes. Ken also teaches through his website, offering lessons on video and live Zoom classes. His website is www.internalfightingarts.com. 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Jilacious ,

Awesome! But loose the gals voice in the intro

So well done. Both educational, interesting, and entertaining. Love the supportive suggestion of “don’t leave brain at the door”. It’s 99.99% great.
But the woman’s voice in the beginning is cringey and doesn’t go w/ the vibe or content of the show, it’s trying too hard to sound ethereal. Just a suggestion. I wonder if she’s his wife or daughter whom he felt compelled to involve in the project.

Fakilburn ,

Thank you

Loved the talk with Sifu Justin, thank you for the content!

Sifu Justin ,

Best of the Best

Sifu Ken continues to seek out and present world recognized and ought to be recognized Masters of Taijiquan, especially Chen style, Qigong, Taoist, Health experts and Philosophical and Chinese Cultural experts from around the world. He asks the questions you wanted to ask but refuses to allow programs to devolve into egoistic self promotion or unsubstantiated magical claims. There are so many great interviews which make it really hard to get any sleep if I listen at night. Ken is quick to promote others and we sometimes forget that he is often just as knowledgeable and interesting as his guests. And it’s FREE! What are you waiting for? Stop reading these comments and see for yourself. You will be richly rewarded

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