Wu Style T'ai Chi Chi Kung, Volume Two: Five Elements & Self Defense Applications
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VOLUME II: Five Elements & Self Defense Applications
On this Volume Gerald A. Sharp presents the entire contents of the "second series" or Five Elements Chi Kung of the Wu Style T'ai Chi system. Unique to this volume is how the postures relate to the Chinese calligraphy in contemplating shape and movement. A chapter detailing martial applications for some of the postures of both the Eight Methods and the Five Elements, as well as how to use flexibility in T'ai Chi applications is presented.
Introduction: Same as Volume One
With detailed instruction, Gerald A. Sharp presents the Metal form of Wu's Five Elements Chi Kung. Breathing and flexibility, staking and alchemy are discussed and presented. Additionally, the movement and shape and their relationship to the Chinese character for Metal is presented.
Following the polar expression of the Five Phases, the eastern star of Wood opposes the Western star of Metal, and both main parts of the movement are detailed and taught. The movement and shape and their relationship to the Chinese character for Wood is also presented.
The elusive Water Phase with its fa-jing and powerful movements is taught as well as its relationship to the Chinese character of Water.
This chapter teaches the Fire form and relates the shape and movement to the corresponding Chinese character for contemplation and further study.
Earth: The sitting meditation which is related to Earth is presented and taught, as well as the relationship of the posture to the Chinese character of Tu (or Earth).
Martial Applications: This chapter provides a barrage of martial concepts relating to some of the postures from both the Eight Methods and Five Elements, as well as T'ai Chi form that can be used in Push Hands and self defense. This chapter breaks new ground on how authentic Chi Kung can be realistically applied in martial arts.