“Fighting is Dictated by Universal Principles”- Jeff Ruth


Had a good sparring class last night where the instructor said- “Fighting is dictated by universal principles“…we went over two principles that scream 2 Taijiquan classic principles. Bear in mind, Jeff Ruth(does NOT study or practice Taijiquan. He is a former MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Juijitsu champ. Unquestionably, his reputation as a excellent coach comes by way of his students gaining Championship belts.



Universal Timing


The first demonstration the instructor Jeff, had a guy throw a strike or kick, and he returned what he termed a ‘reaction strike’ in which he hit the guy before the guy hit him using a short punch or kick. Reflective of this is the Taijiquan classic, “At the opponent’s slightest move, I arrive first.”



Universal Setting


The second was called ‘set point’. Set point in fighting is attacking before a guy is able to set in (or root). Opponent will have a powerful strike based on connection with the ground. For instance, if a guy is throwing a punch, he has to step and root to have the link from “foot, leg, hip/waist/spine- arm to fist”, for powerful force. Remove that ability to remove opponents force by hitting or pushing the them before they make a ‘set point’ is the drill to work on. Coach’s cues in regards to striking are: “turn shoulders, hip, knee, and foot”, which is reverse bodily connection to ground compared to Taijiquan theory of ground path.



This is a favorite with one of my sensing/push hands instructors when keeping a guy off balanced or away from a ‘set point’ so that he can not have an effective push or strike:

Taiji Classic:

The chin [intrinsic strength] should be
rooted in the feet,
generated from the legs,
controlled by the waist, and
manifested through the fingers.
If correct timing and position are not achieved,
the body will become disordered
and will not move as an integrated whole;



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Coach Matt Stampe is a licensed to practice acupuncture in DC, Virginia, and Maryland USA. Book appointments at www.NovaAcu.com In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Certified Massage Therapist (CNT) licensed with the Virginia Board of Nursing, and has a “Master of Science in Acupuncture” (MSA) at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (VUIM.edu). He is certified with National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Yang Tai Chi Kung Fu for over 25 years. He was President of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Martial arts club, Secretary and Treasurer of USA chapter of Yongnian Association under Sifu He Weiqi. Experience includes: Kung fu schools: Omei Shaolin (Sifu Lu Xiaoling) 3rd degree Black Sash, Chinese Martial Arts Institute (Sifu Clarence Burris), United States Wushu Academy (Coach Christopher Pei), and Qi Elements (Sifu Nancy Bloomfield), Former Head Coach: Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation centers(Adults Tai Chi), Hope Chinese school (kids classes), NOVA MMA gym in Arlington (kids classes). Currently he is faculty at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (Fairfax) and teaches credit courses in Qigong and Tai Chi. He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, combat, and spirit. As a true combat athlete, he teaches methods so people can be confident to defend themselves.
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