Taiji Applications: Chen Zhonghua with Michael Calandra

by admin on 2007/03/04

These are some Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method push hands and applications demonstrated by master Chen Zhonghua and Sensei Michael Calandra. Michael Calandra is an outstanding NY city police officer. He had taught hand combat courses for the FBI and is currently responsible for the security of very important government officials.

He is a sixth dan black belt in Okinawan Karate and is a senior sensei in many traditional Japanese martial arts. In 2003, after many encounters and lessons, he became master Chen Zhonghua’s disciple in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

This video showed some basic use of power and techniques from the Cannon Fist routine, which is mainly the usage of taiji power in a fast and linear way in combat situations. Some of the moves in the video are for the purpose of explaining power and alignment only. They are not exclusive applicable techniques.

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David Scinto November 20, 2009 at 8:07 am

I have studied jeet kune do,wing chun,aikido,kempo-american,and muay tai
but now i want to try chen taiji but is it good for combat and how long does it take to learn applications.What is differient between all the taiji styles because i hear chen is aggressive.


BlogEditor November 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Yes it is good for combat. It takes around ten years to be at a basic level. Chen style is not aggressive.


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