Recently, some leaflets were found in the back of a 1974 Chinese language version of “Chen Panling’s Taijiquan Textbook” (see gallery below).
1974 Taijiquan textbook by Chen Panling
Leaflets found in back of book
Relative size of leaflets
Miniature poster of Taiji Stick Form
Posture names for Taiji Stick Form
Outside cover of Taijiquan posture leaflet: “Morning Taijiquan List, China and the Chinese Martial Arts Council, Taijiquan Committee Central District Branch”
Inside of Taijiquan posture leaflet
While the leaflet printed in red is obviously a list of the 99 Taijiquan form’s postures, the other two pages seem to describe a Taiji stick form. The smallest leaflet is the size of a postcard, and looks to be a miniature version of a larger poster. The largest leaflet has a handwritten list of the postures titles described on the miniature poster. Has anyone ever encountered these handouts in any other printings of the book? The first 24 postures seem like the standard 24 step stick form practiced by many schools. They are also similar to the 24 step stick form found in “The Complete Works of Chen Pan Ling’s Chinese Martial Arts Teaching Teachings” (中華國術教材全集) .
Note that this is NOT the “Thunder Stick” form that Master Chen Yun Ching taught worldwide for 10 years and documented on the “Thunders Stick Form & Function” DVD. Although both forms contain chops, stabs, sweeps, etc., it is not the same form.
The Taiji stick form found on the poster is also much longer than any other Taiji stick form found online, and the titles of each posture are Chinese idioms that are usually associated with sword forms. A translation of the postures on the poster can be found here. If anyone has found these or any other extra materials in 1963, 1968 or 1974 Chen Panling Taiji books, please let us know!
The time is once again drawing near for our annual participation in World Taiji and Qigong day!
Saturday April 29, 2017
Unity Church of Tidewater
5580 Shell Road
Virginia Beach, VA
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Participants should arrive no later than 9:30 to check in with their school leader. The wave begins promptly at 10:00 am and lasts about 15 minutes. Demonstrations and potluck lunch follow afterwards. The public is invited to watch (bring your own lawn chair!).
Please note that the normal Saturday morning Taiji class at the Virginia Martial Arts Center will be cancelled due to the event!
The Laughing Dragon Academy of Internal Martial Arts will participate in a demonstration sponsored by the William and Mary Confucius Institute on Saturday, April 15th. The free demonstration, which includes 7 area Taiji schools and guest martial artists, will take place from 1:00-2:15 pm at the Williamsburg Public Library theater:
515 Scotland Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Shifu Terry Price will also be teaching a one hour workshop from 3:45 to 4:45 pm in the Stryker Building:
412 N Boundary Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Tickets for the workshops are $5 for W&M faculty, staff, and students, and $10 for community members. For more information and registration, please visit the event website at
Click Here for More Information about the Event!
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Great Grandmaster Chen Pan Ling. His work and research in the practice and function of Chinese Martial Arts gave rise to what we call today the Chen Pan Ling Martial and Healing Arts System. His system is taught all over the world and I am proud to say that I am a part of that martial family.
I was introduced to the Chen Pan Ling 99 Taiji form by Mr. David Liu. He taught a small group at a noodle factory every Sunday morning. When I joined the group they were almost finished learning the form, so to complete my learning I would drive to his house to finish. Did I mention he spoke very little English and I spoke no Chinese? Nonetheless, it was fun and he was generous.
While searching the internet for Chen Pan Ling practitioners I found Shifu Brian Bruning of the Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center, and he informed me that the son of Chen Pan Ling was coming to the U.S. to hold week long training sessions. That’s where I first met Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching, the man who would become my Shifu.
Grandmaster Chen is a very kind and generous man, and a very skilled practitioner and teacher. He is also very passionate about keeping a promise he made to his father to continue to teach the family system to those who wanted to learn and to take it all over the world. I thank Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching and his family for allowing me to have a part in keeping that promise.
I would like to encourage all of my Chen Pan Ling family the world over to take the opportunity this year to renew your commitment to keep this martial and healing art system alive and share it with whoever wants to learn, so we can help Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching keep his promise.
We had so much fun at the seminar that it took us awhile to recover from the wonderful seminar with Master James and Shou Mei! We’ve updated the Past Events Page to include photos from the seminar.
If anyone happened to take photos of the event, please email them to us and we’ll be happy to add them!
It’s already July and that means that the September Seminar with Master James Sumarac is coming quickly!
We’ve round up some videos of Master James, so you can get a better idea of his methods and mannerisms.
Included in the videos below, are previews for some of the material that he’ll be covering during the Barefoot Doctor and Qi Gong days of the workshop. Remember, if you can’t come for the whole week, we do have single day rates so you can pick and choose what days and topics are best for you. Registration is still open!
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Wu Lin Retreat
Qi Gong Video Preview