Tong Bei (Through the Back) Style


Tong Bei is starting to attract attention world wide. And rightly so. A complex, beautiful yet practical style it seems able to produce fighters with little trouble and adherents without effort.

We've finally gathered enough material to have a Tong Bei page.We also have some other resources you will see below. Oh, and we just might have a friend who will be publishing an important work in ENGLISH on this style.

What we particularly like about Tong Bei is the clever overlap of "warm ups" and basics. One of the best ways to encourage people to "loosen up" is to tell them they are just arming up. Poof! All that tense, hurried energy just vanishes.

Zhao Ya Jun is a dynamic and experienced practitioner of the Tong Bei style. His movements are precise and clear. Many Tong Bei exercises could be applied to any style of martial arts with ease and profit.

VCDs: Chi Family TB 5 Element TB White Ape TB Tong Bei Quan What is the difference between Pigua and Tong Bei? TB English book


DVD#24280 Shaolin Arm Through the Back Actual Combat
by Shi De Yang
Single DVD, English subtitled, 37 minutes, $17.95

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Tong Bei is a big and famous style, often ferocious too. It may go back as far and the Shaolin period. It may go back even further. This short form is the essence of the Shaolin version of this style. There are distinct differences here. Shaolin Tong Bei is not really a Long Fist method, more Middle Fist. It has a strong emphasis on Yang power. It's movements blend in with the classic Shaolin forms. The applications for this form are scattered through the DVD and interspersed with the breakdowns. There is also a section where Shi De Yang leads a number of other Shaolin students through the form. Our only gripe here is that Shaolin usage demonstrations overemphasize the ancient methods and actually show applications which, while the fit the form, are hardly creditable. At one point and assistant punches and Shi De Yang punches his punch face on. There is a strong attempt to show Shaolin as an ancient and therefore somewhat primitive style. Even if this were true this is not the Shaolin of fame without the benefit of centuries of development. Not only are the applications unsophisticated but they seem impractical in the extreme and do little to reflect on what really made Shaolin such a repository of martial knowledge. NOTE: The bonus here is an enclosed booklet showing the form in illustrations and describing it in English and Chinese. A neat package.

Wang Tong on BaguaDVD#25122A Zhao Ya Jun Tong Bei Training #1
Each DVD in this series can stand alone. See a clip from this series

"Tong Bi Training Exercises with Master Zhao Ya Jun, from Beijing and the Zhonghua Wushu Wuxing Tongbiquan Association.This well-organized, comprehensive early morning practice for loosening and getting structurally connected can benefit anyone no matter what style or system you focus on. Master Zhao Ya Jun is very clear on what he’s doing in this comprehensive set exercises from the Tong Bi Quan style of martial arts. Tong Bi is like a pre-Chen style taijiquan that emphasizes developing power on the back and using the arms more efficiently. In this three-DVD set, Master Zhao leads single-move drills that loosen the upper body and strengthen the lower. Follow along a few minutes, or a whole hour, at a time, as simple single moves progress to more complex: from loosening wrist joints, elbows, shoulders, hips, etc. to whole-body combinations. Throughout, Master Zhao gives numerous pointers on how to perform the moves more precisely and he demonstrates applications. The set also includes an excellent translation by Master David Leung who participates with Master Zhao in demonstrating moves and explaining details. Videotaped at the Tian Lun Hotel in San Qing Shan, Jiangxi Province, China."
Lengths: 59 min., 85 min., and 75 mins, totaling nearly 4 hours

Wang Tong on BaguaDVD#25122B Zhao Ya Jun Tong Bei Training #2
Each DVD in this series can stand alone.

Tong Bi Training Exercises with Master Zhao Ya Jun, from Beijing and the Zhonghua Wushu Wuxing Tongbiquan Association.This well-organized, comprehensive early morning practice for loosening and getting structurally connected can benefit anyone no matter what style or system you focus on. Master Zhao Ya Jun is very clear on what he’s doing in this comprehensive set exercises from the Tong Bi Quan style of martial arts. Tong Bi is like a pre-Chen style taijiquan that emphasizes developing power on the back and using the arms more efficiently. In this three-DVD set, Master Zhao leads single-move drills that loosen the upper body and strengthen the lower. Follow along a few minutes, or a whole hour, at a time, as simple single moves progress to more complex: from loosening wrist joints, elbows, shoulders, hips, etc. to whole-body combinations. Throughout, Master Zhao gives numerous pointers on how to perform the moves more precisely and he demonstrates applications. The set also includes an excellent translation by Master David Leung who participates with Master Zhao in demonstrating moves and explaining details. Videotaped at the Tian Lun Hotel in San Qing Shan, Jiangxi Province, China. Lengths: 59 min., 85 min., and 75 mins, totaling nearly 4 hours:

Wang Tong on BaguaDVD#25122C Zhao Ya Jun Tong Bei Training #3
Each DVD in this series can stand alone.

Tong Bi Training Exercises with Master Zhao Ya Jun, from Beijing and the Zhonghua Wushu Wuxing Tongbiquan Association.This well-organized, comprehensive early morning practice for loosening and getting structurally connected can benefit anyone no matter what style or system you focus on. Master Zhao Ya Jun is very clear on what he’s doing in this comprehensive set exercises from the Tong Bi Quan style of martial arts. Tong Bi is like a pre-Chen style taijiquan that emphasizes developing power on the back and using the arms more efficiently. In this three-DVD set, Master Zhao leads single-move drills that loosen the upper body and strengthen the lower. Follow along a few minutes, or a whole hour, at a time, as simple single moves progress to more complex: from loosening wrist joints, elbows, shoulders, hips, etc. to whole-body combinations. Throughout, Master Zhao gives numerous pointers on how to perform the moves more precisely and he demonstrates applications. The set also includes an excellent translation by Master David Leung who participates with Master Zhao in demonstrating moves and explaining details. Videotaped at the Tian Lun Hotel in San Qing Shan, Jiangxi Province, China.

Lengths: 59 min., 85 min., and 75 mins, totaling nearly 4 hours: Regular price $90.00 PLUM prices for all three,  $81.00

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Wang Tong on BaguaDVD#25127 Zhao Ya Jun Wu Mao Gui Lecture
Length-52:37 min.
$24.95

Master Wu discusses the importance of precision in executing form and the difference between "he" tong bei quan and "tongbiquan" and other internal martial arts. He shares his personal history and how he started martial arts as a boy and how after years of training he realized what it is to be internal and soft.
Translation by his disciple Michael Belliveau.

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Geo. Xu Lan Shou Kung Fu form

DVD #25106 On Being a Predator
George Xu :Chen Tai Chi lecture

George Xu explains his theory of predator energy used in the practice of Chen Tai Chi but really in any Chinese martial arts. This is an extension of his concept expounded some years ago in print on "animal" qualities well distinguished from "animal imitation" boxing where you try to look like the animal.In this lecture, admittedly sometimes difficult to hear and with a little break up, George Xu lists his eight attributes for practice. His ideas are really important and worth a number of viewing. One of the best explanations of what is missing from so much contemporary practice. You'll go back to this one over and over.
Notes on this instructor...

About 60 Minutes        

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Geo. Xu Lan Shou Kung Fu form DVD #25120 & 21
China Camp '07 Form Demonstration

with various artists

Forty-six martial artists from several disciplines and locations in China, USA, Italy, Germany, Norway, and Denmark perform their forms in this prestigious event. Names and styles are provided in titles of each performance, so you get to know who these accomplished martial artists are.

See the list below of demonstrators in this series (including Tong Bei)

#1 about 69 Minutes #2 about 61 Minutes        

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SHAOLIN TONG BEI
Some people might say that Shaolin TongBei looks too much like Shaolin and not enough like Tong Bei. This
#10584 Shaolin Small Through-the-Back Form #1.
About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles, Click Picture.

This is a good example that Shaolin is actually a Middle Fist and not a Long Fist though it has some characteristics of the latter. The form combines Xiao and Da Hong styles and some Monkey Fist. Mostly the concentration is on finger strikes and elbow drops with some Monkey Paw movements employed. Nice moves with an archaic looking use of stances. The set stops as though part way through meaning it can be practiced separately or as a "road" of a larger whole. See later for Tong Bei #2. "Edited" by SuXi and demonstrated by Shi DeYang.

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#10612  Shaolin NanYuan Big Tong Bei #1

A challenging multi faceted form based on Tong Bei and Da Hong Boxing. One distinct point is the jump and almost an aerial splits as a double kick. Many movements are shared with the other forms in this series. There is especially a front cross over toe touch stance - sort of a Unicorn stance in reverse - that is distinct to the Nan Yuan group. Ends with cross hands and could be linked to Road #2. Demonstrated by Shi DeYang. About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles         
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#10613  Shaolin NanYuan Big Tong Bei #2

A relatively short set with some fast Chin Nah moves. Jumping body turns and direction changes mix with some tight hands and the occasional long arm motion. Cross hands begin and end the form with could be linked to the other forms in this series. Demonstrated by Shi DeYang

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles    

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#10614  Shaolin NanYuan Big Tong Bei #3

A short set but with a different series of movements than the other, non Nan Yuan, Tong Bei forms. Right from the first spinning crescent kick a number of angles are introduced that spin the body and off set attacks. Quick changes from one side of the body to the other with the typical transition stances that are distinctive to Shaolin. Demonstrated by Shi DeYang

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles       

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#10617  Shaolin Big Tong Bei Boxing

Not a particularly long form. Faster hands than most. The classic Shaolin poses. More emphasis than general on stance changing and double striking actions. The entire Tong Bei series appears to be at the core of the Hammering Shaolin series but they are rather minor variations on the same theme. This one is more fluid than most. Said to be especially appropriate for teenagers. Demonstrated by Shi DeYang.

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles    

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#18001  Shaolin Small Tong Bei Boxing
Tong Bei is not only a style but a principle. This "Through the Back" energy is projected through the shoulder girdle and unifies both arms was though they were attached to the same pulley. Tong Bei is an ancient style which has been absorbed into the Shaolin system and become one of its important forms.
Demonstrated by Shi De Ci.

About 52 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles  
      

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Participants in China Camp 07:

Disk #1:

Flavio Danielle Chen Tai Chi
Zhi Lu Ping: Dragon Form Taoist Tai Chi
Gao Rui: Bagua
Volker Jung, Liuhebafa
Jiang Bao Kang: 12 Animal Xing Yi
and San Qing Dragon
Liu Bao Yu: Chen Push Hands
Ru Dong Fu: Lan Shou
David Leung: Wing Chun


Disk #2

Qian Zhao Hong & Bruce Bolden: Xing Yi Push Hands
Wang Tong: Bagua Sword
Ji Ah Tong/Li Tian Wei: Yang Push Hands
Wu Mao Gui: Tong Bei Quan
Wu Ji: Lan Shou
Li Tian Wei: Xing Yi Liu He
Don Qian Li: Lan Shou
Yun Yin Sen: Liuhebafa
Susan Matthews: Chen Tai Chi
Xu Guo Xhang & Wang Ren Li: Wu style Push Hands
Giuliana Romanisio: Karate
Lu Ying Liang: Eagle Fist
Roberto Benetti: Chen Sword
Lu Zhi Liang: Yang Tai Chi



Xu Guo Ming (George Xu) began training in 1966. He started with Zhu Hong Bao, all in the Muslim (Hui) styles Xin Yi Liu He, Cha Boxing and Chi Shu (7 Postures). After this he followed Zhang Qin Lin of Snake Bagua. For his Lan Shou training he studied under Qing Zhong Bao, Cotton Boxing with Yang Tian Gui; Chen Tai Chi with Shuong Guang Ren (student of Chen Xiao Quai); Yang Tai Chi with Shi Wen Dou; and Yu Hua Long (Xing Yi). He is a graduate in Mathematics from Shanghai Normal University. George is also know as a top promoter of the arts. After coming to the U.S. (1981), he has hosted many fine instructors such as: Zhou Yuan Long, (Chen Tai Chi) ; Liou Wan Fu, (China Heavyweight Full Contact Champion); Ye Xiao Long, (Yang Tai Chi & Lan Shou); Ma Hong, (Chen Style Taiji ); Wang Hao Da, (Wu style Tai Chi & student of Ma Yueh Liang); Lu Gui Rong, (Wu Hao Tai Chi); Qian Zhao Hong, (Xing Yi); Wang Zhi Qiang, (Yang Tai Chi); Yun Yin Sen, (Liu He Ba Fa); and Ji Ah Dong, (Yang Style Tai Chi).


The Difference Between Tong Bei and Pigua...
A lot of people ask about the difference between Tong Bei and Pigua since they are similar in appearance. But the similarity is deeper than that. Over the last century and a half Tong Bei (also called Tong Bi) has incorporated moves like those from Pigua, Baji, Chuo Jiao and Fan Zi. (This will explain why the Shaolin Tong Bei below looks so different from later versions.) Some of the observable differences are:
1. The addition of quick, direct intercepting moves. Tong Bei, adopted the wide open moves of Pigua has ver logically supplemented with the inverse, short snappy stop hits, especially in the Chi Family version of the style.
2. Chuo Jiao specializes in odd kicking angles and this is a perfect match with the body english necessary for the Pigua inspired moves.
3. Explosive power. In classical training Baji and Tong Bei are kept apart for some time and then blended slowly. Tong Bei has already grouped those moves that can be developed simultaneously.


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