Master the high level fighting techniques of traditional Tai Chi Chuan which led to Yang Lu Chan being considered invincible
Tai Chi first become widely known because of ‘invincible’ Yang Lu Chan, who achieved national fame and recognition as an unbeatable fighter, taking on all comers in Beijing in the 19th century. He then taught the art to the elite military units of the day, the imperial guard.
A detailed and systematic approach to the 48 San Shou (fighting) techniques of Tai Chi, exactly as taught by Master Cheng Tin Hung.
Master Cheng Tin Hung was known as Hong Kong’s top fighter during his era. He was selected to compete in the international competition between Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. He defeated the 3 times national champion of Taiwan, who was also the national and military head coach for martial arts, in full contact competition, despite having a 10kg disadvantage. This secured his fame in the Hong Kong martial arts community.
Over the years he trained multiple international full contact fighting champions using this style of Tai Chi self defence. His students recorded an amazing 32 wins out of 33 fights in domestic Hong Kong full contact tournaments.
He and his students also showed superiority in self defence, with Cheng Tin Hung once being attacked by 11 machete wielding triad members. He survived and hospitalised the majority of his attackers.
From my school we have produced numerous national, European and World full contact champions. I’ve used the techniques myself in my former ‘bouncer’ work, as have some of my students, and have always been amazed at its utility and effectiveness.
Apart from producing champion fighters, what’s so special about this system of Tai Chi self defence?
This style of Tai Chi comes from an exceptional, unbroken lineage from Yang Lu Chan. It includes all the traditional drills and training methods which have been carefully designed to work together strengthening the overall skills and capacity of the student.
The techniques are the applied use of the moves in the slow motion hand form, fused with Tai Chi theory and the trained power developed in the Internal Strength exercises.
Everything links together seamlessly.
- Techniques use softness to defeat hardness
- They incorporate the movement patterns and power trained in Tai Chi Neigong (internal strength)
- They are extremely practical, direct and simple to use
- They can enable smaller people to achieve high levels of real confidence in defending themselves effectively
- They can become effective quickly
We are preserving the most traditional, effective methods of application which have been painstakingly researched
Ive been teaching Tai Chi since 1994 and practicing since 1988. In recent times, I’ve spent many hours researching the most traditional training methods, practices and approaches to this style of Tai Chi with Cheng Kam Yan, son of Cheng Tin Hung. I’ve done this to ensure there were no gaps in my knowledge base, or misunderstandings of any of the methods used in this style.
The techniques presented are therefore exactly as originally taught by Master Cheng Tin Hung, including all the major points that will make them most efficient and effective. I don’t go ‘off piste’ introducing my own ideas and developments etc.
Becoming a teacher of this method
This course is designed as both a reference and training course, but also as a teacher training course. To become a certified instructor in this method of traditional Tai Chi self defence you will simply be required to attend an online viva test, where you will be carefully be assessed on your knowledge of the training method and competence at both the practice of them and their instruction. No additional costs are required, and you will be registered as part of the 13 Dynamics Tai Chi Collective.