DVDs: Sha Guo Zhen

Representative forms: Taijiqaun, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, from a major martial teacher in mainland China. Sha is a student of, among others, Jiang Rong Qiao.


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DVD#24289 SHA style Taijiquan
$27.95, Double DVD - Learn more about this master

Here is the Tai Chi first Road of what is now being called “Sha” style after the creator of these sets Sha Guo Zhen. His son demonstrates this beautiful and well-constructed form. Sha’s style is a fluid, powerful and interesting variations with a true Tai Chi feeling. It is possible to make a Tai Chi form with almost none of the movements of any standard style and draw all these other sources. I’m not saying Sha has done this, but many of the movements in this set are different and unusual. The fluid, logical and very clean appearance and construction of this set make it one of the better “new” Tai Chi styles..

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DVD#24290  SHA style 64 Taiji Straight Sword
$34.95, Triple DVD  - Learn more about this master

This beautiful variation is strongly based on the "13 Method Sword" of Yang style Tai Chi. Many sections are similar but with extended counts per move and entirely new sections added. All of the additions re logical extensions of the formal content. Graceful and well-structured, its refined nature belies that it in very few ways resembles those forms where most time is just spent showing that you can twirl a sword. Woven into the refinements of Sha's vision there is a sense of certitude and authority. Not easy but no gymastics.

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DVD#24310 SHA style 37 Taiji Straight Sword
$27.95, Double DVD  - Learn more about this master

Another well constructed and elegant set from Sha Guo Zhen. We like the classical construction with a modern attempt to reduce repetition and tighten the overall structure of the form. Li Bin gives a superior rendition of straight sword without resorting to theatrics. Special emphasis is put on rhythm and beautifully controlled pacing and transitions.

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DVD#24311 SHA style Five Elements Transformations
$15.95, Single DVD  - Learn more about this master

Sha’s son demonstrates this basic but essential Xing Yi form. The Five Elements but with a slightly recombination though less than many other sets. The movements are clear and, authentically Xing Yi. Sha Jun Jie is very clear and direct. The transformations, which are at the core of this form, are clearly demonstrated though no applications are shown.

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DVD#24312 SHA style Xing Yi San Shou Pao
$27.95, Double DVD  - Learn more about this master

Another winner, with a full demonstration of the set by archival video of Sha Guo Zhen himself. This if followed by the complete breakdown by his son and his daughter-in –law, Li Bin, who do not play it safe by zooming through the set with intention and ferocity. This set is fast, logical and continuous. It would give any partners a workout. The movements are clear though and no applications are necessary because the entire set is a series of applications and counters. This and the footage of Sha make it a good bet.

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DVD#24313 SHA style Xing Yi Big Linked Fist
$27.95, Double DVD  - Learn more about this master

A dynamic performance by Sha JunJie, son of Sha Guo Zhen. This is a historic double DVD set no matter what you think of the form. Old footage of Sha himself showing the set, a LONG set, too. The kind of historic record you would want to have even if the subject were your enemy. Then breakdowns of the set with young Sha’s very dynamic and focused presentation. Xing Yi with a little heart (xin). Breakdowns, introductory information, the entire set performed by Sha himself. What’s to want?

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DVD#24314 SHA style Xing Yi Sword
$15.95, Single DVD  - Learn more about this master

Ou Dao Sheng performs the Sha style Xing Yi sword with a dynamic, non-showy but true-to-heart rendition. This DVD also contains the entire form done by Sha Guo Zhen himself. I was particularly impressed with the sort of old fashioned and straight forward Xing Yi interpretation of the form. The movements are fast and direct but carry much of Xing Yi’s inward and outward folding, subtle misdirection and impressive blend of the obvious and the completely misleading. Not pretty, just right.

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