These pages contain articles on arts
other than Taijiquan, Baguazhang and
Xingyiquan, but which are either a less known member of the neijia family or in
some way related to it. Hence here you will find articles on arts which
share some principles of internal styles, Taoist boxing styles coming from Wudang
Mountains, excerpts from classical books on Chinese martial arts from Ming (1368-1644) and
Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, treatises on weapon fighting that can be useful for serious
martial arts practitioners and researchers.
Excerpts from "Chang Family Boxing" by Chang Naizhou -
Chang Naizhou (1724-1783) was
one of the most important personages in the history of martial arts of 18th century China.
The martial art he created is considered one of the four famous styles coming from Henan
Province (along with Shaolin Boxing, Taijiquan and Xinyi Liuhe Quan). His book "Chang
Family Boxing" to great extent influenced theory of other styles and some parts of it
were incorporated into their boxing manuals. Mr. Douglas Wile in his book "Lost T'ai Chi
Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty" mentioned the similarity between Chang's book
and some classical Taiji texts, especially Wang Zongyue's treatises. Chang's idea of
"Central Qi" was also used by Chen Xin in his "Illustrated
Explanation to Chen Family Taijiquan". This translation was
done and the article written before Mr. Wile's book "T'ai Chi's Ancestors"
(which contains translation of the complete text by Chang Naizhou) was
published, so you can compare these two translations.