First, be advised that all of these VCD's are IN CHINESE ONLY. In our opinion that doesn't matter much because the instruction is clear and the quality of photography very good. But we will not accept returns just because people didn't read... IN CHINESE ONLY. Given that, these are really tremendous deals for the money. Each of these special VCD's can be played on a computer for full enjoyment. Made for PC's they are also Mac compatible by downloading Quicktime (for free) and any similar VCD player program. Also playable on most DVD players. For less than $10.00? Wow!

San Feng "Natural" Boxing

The name "San Feng" comes from the full name of Chang San Feng, the supposed creator of Taoist Wu Dang boxing (and specifically Tai Chi). To the best of our knowledge there actually was a Taoist adept known as Chang San Feng. The term Zi Ran has been added to denote a Taoist, "natural" approach to this boxing. In general Taoist schools, not all of which are centered on Wu Dang, are looser and softer. They are often less "real." Even the most relaxed and loose, Xiao Yao, should retain an essential "shape" (Shi) or they disinter grate to space dance.

Wu Ji is a style based on the concept that from "Nothingness Everything came". Developed over 800 years ago during the Sung Dynasty (one of the great martial periods) it was developed according to the Taoist science of the time: Xing Li. It consists of health, self defense and weapons work, with movements related to the meridians as in Chinese medicine.

Wu Dang San Feng demonstrated by Liu Huan Jun, 24 inheritor of the style.
Wu Ji style is demonstrated by Wang Jun Yan, 6th generation inheritor of Wu Ji Quan.
Also the ZongDao school of Taoism (#1745)

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Taoist Rainbow Cloud PalmVCD#1745 Rainbow Cloud Palm
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese/English
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HongYun Zhang
This set is from Wudang, from the ZongDao school connected with Taoist practices and martial arts. It is said to come from the Tang dynasty making it over 1000 years old. Mostly concentrating on the palms it is an extremely fluid series of movements with widely varied postures. Think of this as a set concentrating entirely on flow, no visible strikes, no techniques more like a miniature Taiji. Not for a beginner.

Wu Ji style 72 MannersVCD#1473 Wu Ji 72 Manners
A Double VCD, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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This is the foundational work of this ancient style. Small series of movements (the true precursors of forms) are performed. Since Wu Ji is a sophisticated study many of the motions are linked, verbally, to the opening and closing of meridians. These moves are short actions like exercises but more formal and done slower. Finally everything is linked into one master form that is formidable though performed relatively softly. As a side note, though not the fastest human ever, Wang Jun Yan is noticeably strong, possibly from his practice of this style. A Double VCD.

Wu Ji style Road #1VCD#1474 Wu Ji Road #1
A Double VCD, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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What would a Taoist art named after Primordial Nothingness contain. Well, it's more that the emphasis is different. In Shaolin we hold until relaxed. In Taoist arts we repeat until strong. We take soft postures and string them together allowing them to "refine themselves" through practice. If you think about it practicing rigidly and slowly relaxing or practicing relaxedly and constantly raising the standards could come to the same thing eventually. This is a very complex form based on relaxed hands, Bagua like circle stepping, Qigong like movements and constant change. It would be a challenge to learn but each section is so smooth as to appear almost casual. Not an easy one. A Double VCD.

Wuji style 8 Pieces of BrocadeVCD#1475 Wu Ji 8 Pieces of Brocade
About an hour, VCD pricing, Chinese Only
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There are indeed many versions of this famous and—at least in the corpus of Chinese Qigong and martial arts—amazingly consistent exercise. This is because there is written documentation of its form and function. On the other hand it's claim to Yue Fei as progenitor is somewhat dubious. This version, as one might expect from a style known as Wu Ji (Nothingness) is very clear with a bit more emphasis on the slow transition and the standing postures in between the sections. This version, which only shows the standing form, is peppered with more details than most and, to our eyes, a greater emphasis on that all important posture.

San Feng Taiji  ApplicationsVCD#1205 San Feng Wu Dang San Feng Usage
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During the instruction of this vcd the teacher makes the point that Ba Gua, Tai Chi or Xing Yi, the energies involved have to be mastered in a similar way. Starting with Push Hands as a base Master Liu shows many, many hands on applications with a distinct emphasis on Fa Jing so there is much jumping around and being thrown back into a pink sofa they have set up on the lawn. Liu's hands are knowledgeable and his presentation is good and experienced. This is strictly a Jing based use of power and his running commentary shows the casualness with which he takes his skills. A Double VCD.

San Feng Taiji UsageVCD#1206 San Feng San Feng Tai Chi Usage
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In this vcd Master Liu shows a step by step breakdown of the San Feng Tai Chi which is, of course, quite different from what most people have seen as Tai Chi. The goal of the Wu Dang school is to find the truth through relaxation and "Fu" or return to naturalness. The legendary founder of Tai Chi was Chang San Feng. Is this Tai Chi, in the formal sense of a style developed in the Chen lineage or thereabouts? Some would say no. The movements are slow and soft, and there are not only a lot of applications given with Power Issuing but health and structural points as well. This practitioner is not just old, he's well versed..