Choy Lee Fut’s Sao Choy

This article is by guest writer, Graham Barlow of Bath Tai Chi.

“Through the back” power in Choy Lee Fut.

In this video I use the technique called Sao Choy from the Choy Lee Fut system. Sao Choy (“Sweeping fist”), can be found in all styles of Choy Lee Fut, but seems to be particularly emphasised in the Buk Sing style I practice, along with Chap Choy. Continue reading “Choy Lee Fut’s Sao Choy” »

Chin Na in Tai Chi Chuan

By guest writer Graham Barlow of Bath Tai Chi.  He does very much sum up the ethos of this blog in his opening few paragraphs:

I’m pleased to be asked to contribute to this excellent blog created by Karateka and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner Charlie Wildish, aimed at bringing different styles of martial arts, and martial artists, together under the banner of “bunkai”, the Japanese term meaning “applications”. So much in the oriental martial arts seems vague, hidden or obscured (quite often at the behest of cultural or political reasons inappropriately transplanted from another time and place), so it’s particularly refreshing to discover a group of traditional martial artists dedicated to unearthing the treasures hidden in the arts they practice, rather than simply going through the moves by rote, in blind obedience to tradition. I think this progressive attitude is something positive that Western culture can bring to these ancient arts from the East. Continue reading “Chin Na in Tai Chi Chuan” »