Tai chi silk reeling and martial applications

Xu-Richard testing technique

About a year ago, my teacher, George Xu, came out with a name to his system of Chinese martial art as Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. This year he updated the name to Xin Tian Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. The system is the practical application of his so-called “predator theory,” through which he explains how the system works. His latest instructional video, which I produced, expands on the past couple of videos for the most complete understanding of his system yet.

Master Xu translates Xin Tian Ling Kong Shen Shi Men as “Organic Light Traveling Through Space Invisible, Indirect Space Power.” The title is a long one, but I think it says a lot. It lays out the components of the system, which Master Xu says is complex.

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“It looks simple, but not so easy. Yeah, once you get it, it’s easy, but not until then,” he says.

Xin Tian translates as “pre-birth.” It’s means literally heart and heaven, relating to a state of newness and naturalness. It’s a term the Chinese use to refer to a newborn baby, whose skin and muscles don’t yet have the memory of living and responding to the pressures of its new world. It also refers to the word “organic,” and Master Xu uses the term in his explanations.

During the past year, Master Xu has traveled to Italy, Oregon, Colorado … developing a clearer description of his system. Many of his students are beginning to see the connection between his theory and his system.

I think he’s continually building on the theory for his own understanding, but the components of his system and the accompanying explanation for doing them is not only more understandable, but also more achievable.

In a big way, the system as he explains it in lecture and demonstration is simpler to understand intellectually, but while still being more of a challenge to implement in practice. I can see how much more possible it is to apply now with the current series of educational videos available.

Master Xu talks and demos such concepts as dead arm, body art, zhong ze ding (or vertical force, not just zhong ding), melting, using space and centrifugal force “scientifically.” How the muscles can be incorporated in the move, even be essential to certain kinds of movement.

Check out my youtube.com channel for a clip to get a little taste. You can read more about it here.

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Does Man of Tai Chi cover up the real message with the usual plot elements of a martial arts film?

Man_of_Tai_ChiI recently viewed the new film, Man of Tai Chi directed by Keanu Reeves, who also stars along with Tiger Chen. Critics rated it poorly and it went to Netflix very soon after release. Not much play in theatres in the US anyway. I don’t know about Hong Kong or China. I imagine it is a popular movie there. The fight scenes are so uniquely choreographed that any martial art enthusiast should enjoy the film just for techniques. Yes, they use the blue screen and invisible ropes and pullies, but even that is done pretty well.

The predictable usual plot, of course, is not what drama-oriented viewers will rave about. The protagonist starts out honorable, goes against his honorable teacher’s warnings, so the bad guys entice him into bad ways, but for a good cause. He meets the enemy and it looks like he’s going to lose, but he returns to the honorable way at the last minute, beats the bad guys, and gets the girl in the end. Whew.

But that’s not what the film is about. The film is about the fight scenes. It’s also about the notion of the deep significance of the taiji principle of humbleness. What? You’re kidding! Well, to a degree anyway, which keeps the faith to taiji cosmological principle. Not in the sense of Christian piety, but in true release of the self in order to flow with the source of all things in your movement through space and time. Of course the film does not go into such esoteric detail but it’s still included in the film, The film of course is marketed to the masses and in these times of trite mass appeal, even a little superficial attention to the lasting principles of mind awareness and internal equilibrium have some value. I recommend readers watch it and reply with your thoughts. I would love to hear them.