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Online Kung-Fu School Teaches Tai Chi and other Internal Martial Arts
No matter where you live in the world you can now study Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua (the three Chinese "internal" arts) online from a highly qualified teacher and tournament champion.
By: Ken Gullette
“These are powerful martial arts for self-defense,”
The online school has many hours of video instruction. Each lesson lasts between three and 15 minutes. For a monthly fee, members can study any or all of the three internal arts. Members join for a variety of reasons:
• Members can pursue certification in one or all of the arts,
• They may just study for personal information,
• They may study to back up what they’re learning from another instructor,
• Members may achieve rank through the website in a curriculum that takes them from white sash to black sash.
Members have joined the virtual kung-fu school from the U.S., Japan, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and other nations. Promotions are done through video coaching. Students send Gullette videos or put them up privately on the Internet. He reviews the video and replies with his own video coaching session, created just for the student. In this way, students can receive high-quality personal instruction.
“As long as you have a computer and Internet access, you can study high-quality Chinese internal martial arts anytime, anywhere,” Gullette says. The virtual school teaches fighting techniques for all three arts, plus the broadsword, straight sword, staff, spear, elk horn knives, and single and double sticks. Students are provided with all the instruction they would expect at any high-quality kung fu school, including hand strikes, kicks, blocks, and an emphasis on joint locks and takedown techniques.
Gullette admits there is so much information, video lessons and downloadable e-books, that students may be tempted to dabble in all three arts rather than putting themselves on a real learning path. He urges students to begin with a section on the site titled “Internal Strength.”
“Too many people believe the power of these arts comes from something mystical,” said Gullette. “They focus on this invisible energy called ‘chi’ and they miss, or aren’t told, about the physical skills they need. This site is dedicated to pulling back the curtain and showing principles for the physical skills that are required by these arts--skills that most Chinese kung-fu masters wouldn’t teach you for many years.”
Gullette has learned from some of the world’s best tai chi masters, including members of the family that created tai chi, including Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and his brother, Grandmaster Chen Xiaoxing, both direct descendants of the creator of tai chi, Chen Wangting. He has also learned from students and “disciples”
“These people look like ordinary men, but they’re like Olympic athletes—extremely skilled at tai chi,” Gullette said. “They can break an attacker in half before you know what’s happening.”
The gratifying part of the online school is the feedback he’s getting from members. “They can’t believe all the information, and they’re very grateful someone is putting it online.”
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Ken Gullette is a martial artist with 35 years of experience. He studies and teaches the internal Chinese martial arts--Chen Tai Chi, Hsing-I Chuan, and Baguazhang. He produces instructional DVDs that have won praise from martial artists around the world.