The Magic of Feng Zhiqiang

by admin on 2011/01/16

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Chen Zhonghua January 17, 2011 at 10:52 am

That was Todd Elihu in the video with Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang in 2008.


Todd Elihu January 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Sweet! I had never seen this before. I remember how it felt, though.


davidfadjar January 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Wow…. what’ the idea with that finger poking? Your expression is different when GM Feng touched you the second time?


alhkc January 22, 2011 at 12:02 am

Looks like he just relaxed his poke the second time and let gravity take over for follow through instead of holding the hand afloat and rigid like the first time. Relaxing into the strike isn’t unique to Tai Chi though. Many external arts practice soong strikes as well at least in this limited kind of example.


james fletcher January 23, 2011 at 5:16 am

Having been lucky enough to have spent 12 whole days, 8 hrs a day, training with Grandmaster Feng in Holland back in 2004, I can attest to having witnessed many acts of “magic”. I use the quotation marks here out of respect, as both Grandmaster Feng and Master Chen both repeatedly state that there are no secrets or magic in Taiji, only hard work. I have seen Grandmaster Feng gently run his fingers down a students clothed back, only to reveal bright red and raised lines on the students flesh beneath where his fingers had touched, all the while causing no pain to the said student. It’s kind of a party trick for him!
When I was luck enough to push hands with him, I felt immediately out of control upon our first contact. He then proceeded to point once to the floor on my left, and again to my right, both times with the end result being that of me sitting on the floor exactly on that spot. It was a very unsettling experience, to have trained for over 20 years in martial arts and to suddenly be completely out of control of my body and for it to be done in such a gentle yet overpowering manner. Grandmaster Feng is a testament to the results achievable through diligent, decade long practice, and every time I am fortunate enough to learn from Master Chen, I see the same qualities inherent in him. Magicians indeed!


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