Tai Tzu Chang Chuan

Demonstrator/Teacher: Li Cheng Xiang
Taizu Fist is considered by some to be one of 18 Shaolin Fist Families. It's the 1st family among 18. Tai Tzu of this style was believed to have 16 sections most of which have been lost. Six are said to remain. Tai Tzu is particularly difficult to document since it was invented by martial enthusiast, Sung Tai Tzu. As this was the first emperor of the Song dynasty many claim to have retained the form. There are, therefore, different Tai Tzu Chang Chuan sets among the many styles. Historically Shaolin might indeed have claim to one of the more accurate versions. Tai Tzu was one of the first forms to distinguish itself as a separate style about 1000 years ago. There has been recent specualtion that Tai Tzu may be one of T'ai Chi's ancestors or inspirations.

Update: We have just added Shifu Porf Jou, high level teacher from Taiwan. Not only is his Taizu (same as Tai Tau) challenging and dynamic but he has TWO formal sets, one known as Chang and one as Xing, concentrating first on being "Long" and the other on "Moving." These are impressive Long Fist forms claiming origins back to Shaolin. If you want Taizu this is a must. Each DVD set runs more than THREE HOURS of good instruction, hence the higher price per disc.)
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Chen Taijiquan with Ma HongDVD#24953  Taizu Long Fist #1
3 hours 46 minutes, Three DVDs, English subtitles
$105.00 

This is the Long Fist form rooted in Shaolin style. TaiZu is sometimes called the “Mother of Long Fist.” Surprisingly, it also has claims as the predecessor of Tai Chi. The first form sets the pace with jumps, dodging, evasive and attacking footwork. This is quite a form on its own, but Shifu Jou’s high level interpretation makes it something special. Don’t expect the ever-upright mechanical style so many people demonstrate. This is a chance-taking, off-balance, extremely dynamic rendition that finally makes the designation of advanced Kung Fu come alive. A medium-to-long form, it contains many Long Fist full extension strikes, wide angle moves like striking at the ground from a crane stance, and a lot of implied Chin Na techniques. He not only gives applications but discusses an entire cognitive approach to them which is, to our ears, exactly right and definitely mature. TaiZu is a favored and sought-after form and the fact he has two levels of it is quite unusual.

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Chen Taijiquan with Ma HongDVD#24954  Taizu Long Fist #2
3 hours 31 minutes, Three DVDs, English subtitles
$105.00 

This goes to an even higher level of martial skill. Many unusual hand locks and some challenging kicks. But if Sifu Jou can do all this at fifty, you certainly can too. The first form is known as Chang, or "Long" and the second is known as Xing or "Walk". Between just these two Taizu forms, you have the basis of the entire system. There are still a lot of versions available that are “traditional,” though those demonstrations are mediocre and somewhat mechanical. You definitely will not have this problem. Shifu Jou is fierce and he sticks to the idea that “traditional” can also means “with heart.” A complex, explosive and fascinating form with predatory energy.

 

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DVD#10267 Shaolin Tai Tzu Long Set Part One

This DVD presents the first section of the 16-sectioned Tai Tzu Long Fist.

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles          

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DVD#10268 Shaolin Tai Tzu Long Set Part Two

This DVD presents the second and final section of the 16-sectioned Tai Tzu Long Fist.

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles          

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DVD#10269 Shaolin Tai Tzu Short Stick

Short staff also named as Bian Gan (whip staff) has a length of 13 times width of practicers' hand (same as Wu Dang Staff). This routine combines the staff methods of 5 Yin Hands and 7 Yang Hands. As with any short stick set, highly practical.

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles          

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DVD#10264 Shaolin Tai Tzu Survey

This DVD shows the range of this branch of Shaolin Tai Tzucomplete with a demonstration of the entire sixteen part form and the main weapon of this style: the Tai Tzu cudgel.

About 60 Minutes Mandarin/ English Subtitles         

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