Tai Chi Fighter Essential Links

Tai Chi methods and fight training

Universal principles in fighting

Da Shou in Taijiquan Combat training

A fighter’s curriculum

Tai Chi Combat training

Developing a Tai Chi fighter that can hang with other combat sport fighters: MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, BJJ.

Da Shou: 5 hammers

Chinese Tai Chi “classics” for fighting

Standing Gong Essentials

10 Essentials of Taijiquan with images

Jin Lu “force path” demystified

Building a daily practice to develop Taiji Gong Fu

Ti-Fang: Tai Chi chuan’s secret training

Recommended Teachers World Wide

Cheng Man Ching’s student network

Tai Chi parks in DC/VA/MD metro area

Wushu Reference page

Eastern Medicine Essentials

Diet is everything!! Chinese Diet therapy

Chinese Medicine and Psychology

Warrior Healer network of Acupuncturists, etc.

Just for Women: OB/GYN information

Pediatric Tui-Na Massage

Chinese Herbs I

Chinese Herbs II

Herbal Formulas using Chinese herbs

Diagnosis and other TCM notes, Nei Dan.

Face Reading in Oriental Medicine

Acupoints in relation to Kundalini Yoga

Chinese Channels and Vessel acupoints

SaAm acupuncture: 5 element system

Master Tong’s acupoints

Pulse/Palpitation areas in Eastern medicine

Taiji and Qigong structural alignments

Massage therapy: from a Tai Chi master

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I-Ching “Book of Changes” for Life Philosophy, Martial Arts, and Tao Harmony

I-Ching series (work in progress) for all aspects of life, martial arts, medicine, philosophy, Tao.

Meditate, ask a question, and cast the I-Ching using the 3 coin method. If you don’t know the 3 coin method find out here.

Read the Hexagrams below from your cast. Note: the “medical” only lists the channel/vessel. It is not for self treatment, a professional acupuncture/herbalist should do so. Your body is unique and a doctor needs to determine your treatment strategy. We are only listing the channels used in Chinese i-ching medical theory.








I-Ching Hexagram interpretation Below:





to be continued…check back later as there are 64 total readings!

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Internal Medicine and Diagnosis of Chinese Medicine












Sinus, Cough, Common Cold

























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Tao of Health: Philosophy, Principles, and the Transformation Equation: Brandon Gilbert

Review of Brandon Gilbert’s “Transformation Equation” series. During my study of Chinese Medicine, I found this lecture series on Youtube, and I feel Brandon Gilbert presents some very intelligent material to improve your life with some philosophy based on simple principles used in Taoism. It is nothing religious, but based on people who observed nature, mind, life, and adapted to change.– Matt Stampe

Ideas shared by Brandon Gilbert of Hyperionherbs.com, he touches on philosophy, principles of harmony, nature, relaxation and flowing. We are intelligent learners!

Video 1: Guiding principles.
Video 2: Deconstructing the Human Game.
Video 3: How to live a more Natural Life
Video 4: Harmonizing the cycles with the Rhythms of Nature.
Video 5: How to build the Fire of Health.
Video 6: Cultivating Compassion and Saving the world.
Video 7: Getting past the laws of Attraction.
Video 8: Drug Addiction of Spiritual Seeking.
Video 9: Transform the 3 Treasures: Jing, Qi, Shen.

Playlist of the videos here or watch from bottom of this page.

Brandon’s Web page: http://HyperionHerbs.com & http://HyperionAcademy.com

Video 1 he calls the ‘guiding principles’:

Brandon explains that we live an a excessive world and we need to develop some daily diminishing and reprogramming to get to the results of success.



Video 2: Deconstructing the Human Game

Brandon talks about how Religion, Society, Parents,School, Jobs, Relationships all have Hierarchy and how to understand rules to the game.


Video 3: How to live a more Natural Life

Here is the beginning of more of the Taoist and Chinese medicine view, True and Fake definitions, perceiving the correct direction, preparedness.


Video 4: Harmonizing the cycles with the Rhythms of Nature.

Brandon talks about the Dualistic Nature and polarities of life: Day and Night, health, vibration and state of being in our levels of existence. Big Taiji: universe, Small Taiji: our body.


Video 5: How to build the Fire of Health:

Brandon talks about what is Health, touching on diet and exercise, power circulation and Flow. Health is our make or break us. Over exercising and tightness, lack of exercise and looseness.



Video 6: Cultivating Compassion and Saving the world

Brandon here talks about shen and consciousness, not to be sold in the lie of striving for enlightenment and thinking we are so spiritually enlightened. Deal with mind and presence, people who are vacant in their mind.


Man follows Earth.
Earth follows heaven.
Heaven follows the Tao.
Tao follows what is natural.
Tao De Ching 25


Video 7: Getting past the laws of Attraction:

Brandon talks here about the law of attraction and your true self.


Video 8: Drug Addiction of Spiritual Seeking

Brandon talks about those who are spiritual seekers often show the same signs and behaviors of drug addicts, spirituality as a escape mechanism, signs of spiritual immaturity. Stay away from cultsand organized religion.


Video 9 Transform the 3 Treasures: Jing, Qi, Shen.

Brandon here talks and explains about Jing, Qi, Shen and its affects on other of your life, releasing fear, finding true self, and controls that weaken the three treasures.




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Tai Chi chuan’s Ti-Fang with Stephen J. Goodson of www.fairtradetaichi.org

Ti-fang (Lift and Place) is a critical component in Tai Chi Chuan. The video and text below is an interview with Stephen and he and I discuss and give some samples of ti-Fang usage in Form, Push hands, Da Lu and San Shou.


Q: Moving step push hands is in the Yang, Chen, and Wu styles, but not practiced in the Cheng Man Ching branch, have you explored Ti-feng with moving step?

Stephen: I think Dalu is our moving step. Push Hands is fixed feet, that is why you have to do Rollback and Ward Off neutralization. If you could step away no pattern would exist. There is no moving step pattern in the form. It makes it seem like it was ‘made up’ to add material, a fun thing for beginners to see if they knew the choreography before they learned what it was about. Professor goal was to simplify, reduce in number and complexity, Tai Chi training (not just shorten the form). He trimmed lots of fat.

Book by Stephen J. Goodson and Billy Fox


“Wardoff, Rollback, Press, and Push must be known
Upper and lower follow one another; the other has difficulty advancing
Let him come and hit with great strength
Draw-in and touch, 4 ounces deflects 1,000 pounds
Attract into emptiness, join and discharge
Adhere, connect, stick, follow, no resistance nor letting go”

-Wang Zongyue

Q: T.T. Liang talks about 25 lines of attack, I believe that CMC taught 10 of them from push hands and da lu, however there are more in the two man san shou set. Have you explored these? I think TT is referring to Ti-feng.

Stephen: Again, we are not trying to add more. We are trying to simplify.
“CMC taught 10” lines of attack? Where? Not in any of his writings.
Not in the method he taught Mr. Smith or in NYC or to Ben Lo.
That is sooo missing the point of Professor’s teachings. There is a
single thread that runs through it all. Ti Fang—soft overcoming hard.
Matt, reread that first paragraph in that article. It does not know Ti Fang/Tai Chi.
We only care about a “hollows or projection” from four ounces. We only care about
that point of contact an if a “feather is added” or if a “fly drops off”. Lines, are useless.
Lines mean ‘I am trying to do something to my opponent’. We do not strive to DO
something to them, rather we evoke a response from them. A tiny falling response.
“12. ‘Use four ounces to deflect a thousand pounds.’ People do not believe that four ounces can deflect a thousand pounds. It means that you can use four ounces to offset a thousand pounds, after which you apply Push. So [offseting] and pushing are two different things. You are not really using four ounces to push a thousand pounds. We must separate ‘offset’ and ‘push.’ Then you can explain their marvelous functions.” (13T, Lo/Inn, p93) Do you see how Offset and Push are Ti and Fang?

Cheng man Ching Ti-fang on William CC Chen


Q: How would you train someone who would want to fight using ti-feng in a full contact fighting event?

Stephen: Have the contest take place in the stands not in the ring. Then when you toss the other
out he hits the chairs, falls down the steps, etc. “Fighting events” are artificial environments
that are designed for speed, strength and endurance testing. Artificial.
Remember the mental exercise I presented to you in the beginning of our visit: watch how
the rules of that environment fall apart, how its facade of “realness” melts away, if one of the
“fighters” has a bladed weapon.
The point is… well the TCClassics said it best:
There are many boxing arts.
Although they use different forms,
for the most part they don’t go beyond
the strong dominating the weak,
and the slow resigning to the swift.

Robert W. Smith Pushing Cheng man Ching

Q: How would you have them shadow box with it?
Stephen: Tai Chi has always been 13 Postures. There are three two man exercises. We learn them.

Q: heavy bag?
Stephen: Four ounces on a heavy bag?? That would be like trying to feel pulse diagnosis by using a heavy bag?!

Fleming Park where Robert W. Smith used to teach.


Q: What drills have you created for fighting or self-defense, ti-feng under pressure? As they say, 10,000 times to ingrain in the body memory to execute as a reflex.
Stephen: All of these questions are of the External. “How do I make this action a (conditioned) reflex based on a specific stimulus so it comes out at the appropriate time.” All good external questions. But, remember my opening question: “What happens to your boxing style if you suddenly have a superior technique”? We concluded that it would change, both tactically (how we box in the moment) and strategically (how we train in the future).
What you see in Tai Chi’s 13 Postures, its three two-man exercises, is a new way of training based on a superior, counter-intuitive technique where the soft really does overcome the hard. It is complete, it needs nothing else.

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