66 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 • 36 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 66 - Scott M Rodell

    Internal Fighting Arts 66 - Scott M Rodell

    Ken Gullette talks with Scott M. Rodell, a Yang style Taijiquan instructor who is known for his swordsmanship. He is the founding director of the Great River Taoist Center in Annandale, Virginia. Scott's principal teacher was Wang Yen-Nien. From Wang, Scott learned the entire Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan system. Scott is known for his swordsmanship and teaches in-person at the center and also online through his website www.grtc.org. Ken has studied martial arts nearly 50 years and has worked with the jian (straight sword) and dao (broadsword or saber) for 35 years, winning many tournament weapons forms competitions. He does not consider himself a swordsman but Scott Rodell is, so they discuss how Scott became interested in martial arts and some fascinating details about the design and use of this great weapon. Ken teaches Chen style Taiji, Xingyiquan and Bagua Zhang through his website at www.internalfightingarts.com. Running time of this program is 1 hour 15 minutes.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 65 - Running Your Own School with Kimberly Ivy and Michael Celeste

    Internal Fighting Arts 65 - Running Your Own School with Kimberly Ivy and Michael Celeste

    If you are like a lot of martial artists, you dream about having your own bricks-and-mortar martial arts school. In this episode, Ken Gullette talks with Kimberly Ivy, who has had a Taijiquan school in Seattle for 30 years, and Michael Celeste, who has owned a school for six years teaching Yang Taiji and Wing Chun in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey. Martial arts skill is not the only thing you need to operate a school. Regardless of your martial arts style, it takes very hard physical work, a little business savvy and a commitment to be there. It's also expensive. This is episode 65 in the podcast. Total running time is 1 hr. 14 minutes.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 64 - Questions with Graham Barlow

    Internal Fighting Arts 64 - Questions with Graham Barlow

    In a different kind of episode, Ken Gullette does a joint podcast with Graham Barlow, the martial artist behind "The Tai Chi Notebook" podcast. Graham is a former guest on Ken's podcast, and as friends, they realized they both are asked the same type of questions by people who are interested in the internal arts -- questions on subjects such as the meaning of "spirit" in Taiji and whether it's okay to do weight training when studying Taiji. Ken and Graham sometimes see these issues differently, so they decided to discuss the questions and release the conversation on both of their podcasts. Graham's podcast is called "The Tai Chi Notebook" and his blog is at www.thetaichinotebook.com. This podcast runs 45 minutes.

    • 49 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 63 - Taoist Monk Yun Rou

    Internal Fighting Arts 63 - Taoist Monk Yun Rou

    Ken Gullette talks with Taoist Monk Yun Rou about applying philosophy to the sobering reality of death. Everyone will die, but for those who are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, as both Ken and Monk Yun Rou have experienced, the question arises: how do you apply your philosophy or religion to give you peace at the time you are standing at the edge of eternity? This conversation looks at it from the perspective of philosophy. Yun Rou teaches Taoist philosophy and Taiji. He is also a writer, with many books available through Amazon. His website is www.monkyunrou.com. Ken teaches the internal arts through his website at www.internalfightingarts.com. Total running time of this program is 1 hour 22 minutes.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 62 - Ryan Craig

    Internal Fighting Arts 62 - Ryan Craig

    Ken Gullette talks with Ryan Craig, an instructor of Chen style Taijiquan in Philadelphia, PA. Ryan is a student of Nabil Ranne, who is a disciple of Chen Yu and lives in Berlin. Ken has also studied with Nabil for the past two years, so this is a conversation between two Taiji guys geeking out over the art and having fun talking about starting in the Chen Village line, then making a transition to the Chen Zhaokui line of Chen style. Ken met Ryan in May 2022 when Ryan hosted Nabil for a four-day workshop in Philadelphia. Ryan's website is www.phillychentaiji.com. Ken's website is www.internalfightingarts.com. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Internal Fighting Arts 61 - Radames Pera

    Internal Fighting Arts 61 - Radames Pera

    Ken Gullette interviews the last surviving star from the original "Kung Fu" TV show, Radames Pera, who played young Caine, the student monk who learned the ancient art of kung-fu at the Shaolin Temple and learned philosophy from Master Kan, played by Phillip Ahn, and Master Po, played by Keye Luke. Radames, who also appeared on "Little House on the Prairie," "The Waltons," "The Six Million Dollar Man" and many more shows and movies, takes us behind the scenes for an interesting discussion about the show that imprinted his image as "Grassshopper" in the minds of almost all martial artists. Running time is 1 hour 55 minutes.

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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

Tricamo ,

Diversity in training & knowledge

This podcast is fantastic. Ken invites a diverse range of guests that share their knowledge in the arts. This podcast is an excellent source for anyone training martial arts to expand their understanding and potential growth. Internal training is also much about developing owns own character and being a more positive being in relation to all life around us. Ken shares his understanding in this very well in his podcast.

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