Other Styles

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.

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