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Release of ‘How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi’

Newsletter 924

About the New Karate to Tai Chi Book!

Hi Guys and Gals.

This is to announce the official release of
‘Chiang Nan’

Chiang Nan is the title I settled on, the working title is
‘How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi Chuan.’
So Chiang Nan,
or ‘How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi Chuan
was originally bundled into the course.
You can get it in PDF if you order the course.

I just published the official book
‘How to Translate Karate into Tai Chi Chuan,’
and it is available on Amazon.
The official title is…

‘Chiang Nan’

and here’s the link…


And for those who don’t know what it is about…
As the subtitle says,
it teaches one how to make karate into tai chi chuan.

If you have been studying karate,
this will expand your concepts of karate by ten times.
Different way of looking at form applications.
Different way of doing the form.
Really opens the mind.

If you have been studying Tai Chi Chuan,
you will learn a lot about techniques,
doing other arts tai chi style,
and so on.

it’s a different kind of strength,
different energy,
a whole and complete education.
If you know just the hard arts,
you need to know the soft.
or you only have half an art.

If you know just the soft arts,
you need to know the hard,
or you only have half an art.

This is a 270 page book
(three in one, actually)
that covers how to translate karate into tai chi,
what the lost form,
the original form that karate came from,
might look,
and the secret techniques of karate…
deliberately hidden by the secret pact
made by Okinawan karate masters.

So check it out on Amazon,
or just get the PDF by ordering the course through

Have a great work out!



The Four Major Tai Chi Chuan Styles and the Men Who Founded Them

The Lineage of the various Tai Chi Chuan systems is sometime murky, sometimes easily traced. What is of high interest, however, is the way Tai Chi Chuan is modified by each generation. One would think that the principles rule, and nothing should ever change, but change is the only constant in this universe.
Check out the video, then we’ll go over the four Masters who contributed most to the development of Tai Chi.

Mythically, Tai Chi Chuan was invented by a Zhang Sanfeng in the twelfth century. This is probably not true, as history does not support his existence in connection with Tai Chi. He is first mentioned in connection with the martial arts in the 17th century.

Actually, Tai Chi most likely comes from Chen village. Chen Wangting was a retired general just following the fall of the Ming Dynasty, and he was supposed to have created the Grand Ultimate Art for the children of the village. Chen village actually exists, and the idea that a retired general, sore from combat, would create a slow method for continuing his training rings true.

Yang Lu Chan visited Chen village, and the story goes that he observed the Chen family training in secret, then came forth to save the Chen family during a challenge. This sounds suspiciously like the plot from a chop sockie movie, or maybe the rumor put forth by one martial arts school to elevate themselves. Chances are that Yang worked for the Chen family, trained with them, and then moved on.

Yang taught Tai Chi in Beijing during the second half of the nineteenth century. He taught people who had money (nothing wrong with that), but it is wondered if he tailored his art to retain old men with health problems, and who needed to be treated gently. At any rate, the low stances and sometimes explosive quality of the Chen style moved over to a higher stances and emphasis on ‘emptying the body.’

The next person to significantly impact Tai Chi was Wu Chien Chuan. He was a cavalry officer, and he learned the art from his father, who learned from Yang. Wu taught the broader public, and the stances raised ever higher, and the movements became more subtle and refined.

The last important person to contribute to the evolution of Tai Chi Chuan was Sun Lu Tang. Sun was expert in Pa Kua Chang and Hsing i, and learned Wu style and blended concepts to create his own style. This was in the early part of the twentieth century.

There have been many other people who have contributed to Tai Chi, and this article does not intend to slight them. However, the four men listed here were the founders of distinct styles, and contributed to the growth of the martial art significantly. This should give you an overview of tai chi chuan, and a brief understanding of how that discipline came into being.

Arguably, the most significant contribution to Tai Chi Chuan in America is the introduction of the Five Army Theories. These can be seen at Five Army Tai Chi Chuan.

The Tai Chi Chuan Instructor Who Stole My Stuff and Ran!

Well, the Tai Chi Chuan Instructor didn’t actually steal it, but…well, let me tell you what happened. Check out the video and I’ll tell you right below it.

I wrote a small booklet on How to Create Your Own Art. I went around to bookstores in Los Angeles, this was some 15 years ago, and put some on the shelves,and sat back to see if it would sell.
It sold, but not fast enough to make a profit, so I let it go.
Some ten years later I’ve got the Monster Martial Arts site up and running, and this fellow who studied Tai Chi writes me. Seems that his instructor bought a little booklet in Chinatown bookstore, totally reworked his art, and the guy wanted to know more because while he knew what his instructor had done, he didn’t know what was in the book that had inspired him.
So this Tai Chi Chuan instructor read my book, changed Tai Chi all around, and then went away. That’s okay, I sold the book, after all, but I needed the feedback! I needed to know that it was successful! I needed to know what had worked and what had not!
Oh well. So it goes.
Feel free to check out How to Create Your Own Art at Monster Martial Arts. It’s an actual course now, with drills and explanations and it shows you how to break arts apart and put them together in new ways. I warn you, the video is grainy and the audio is fuzzy, technology wasn’t good back then, but the stuff on the course is the Gold!

Win #38–The Skinny on the Butterfly Shaolin Kung Fu

I get a lot of wins like the one just following…

Hey Al,
        Hope all is well with you I was reading through some of your articles and was wondering if you have anything on your Butterfly Palm Kung Fu? Will there be anything in the future? A lot of good stuff on your site and I have thoroughly enjoyed pouring over it thus far. I am starting to save my pennies so you can expect an order fairly soon.
Take care and God Bless!

I studied Karate, Tai Chi, Pa kua, Aikido, Wing Chun, and lots of other stuff. Oddly, I had never studied Shaolin. Then this guy walks into my school, we end up exchanging systems, and I get a fair amount of Fut Ga Saholin, which is pretty much the same as Hung Gar, Choy Le Fut, or that ilk of classical Shaolin.
The Butterfly is a condensation of the concepts and principles I learned, and put together on a different and more logical footwork. Makes it quicker and easier to learn, and you get to tap into that classical Shaolin Power.
That’s theskinny on the Butterfly Shaolin Kung Fu, and have a great day…

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