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Gain deeper insights into the world of internal Chinese gongfu as Sifu Ken Gullette talks with prominent instructors about Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Qigong, and the philosophy that guides these amazing martial arts. This is a real-world conversation without the mystical mumbo jumbo -- a No Woo-Woo Zone. You will walk away with deeper knowledge and new inspiration after listening to this fun and insightful conversation.
 
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Stephen Jackowicz, Ph.D. has developed an early-stage anti-viral treatment for Covid-19 patients using Traditional Chinese Medicine, particularly herbal treatments. At the time of this interview, he has treated more than 90 people who tested positive for Covid-19. None of them have seen their symptoms deteriorate to the point where hospitalization …
 
Ken Gullette talks Taiji with Nabil Ranne, an instructor in Berlin, Germany who is a disciple of Chen Yu. Nabil is the co-founder of the Chen Style Taijiquan Network Germany. He also has a Ph.D. in sports science. In this interview, Nabil talks about practicing Chen Style Taiji, understanding gongfu culture, differences between the Chen Village and…
 
Chen Huixian is a 20th generation descendant of the Chen family. She grew up in Chenjiagou, the Chen Village, where Taijiquan is believed to have originated. Her ancestors include some of the greatest Taiji (Tai Chi) masters in history, including Chen Wangting, Chen Changxing, Chen Fake and Chen Zhaopi. She is an indoor disciple of her uncle, Chen …
 
Ken Gullette talks with Chen Taiji instructor Ronnie Yee of Vancouver, British Columbia. Ronnie has studied martial arts since 1980, when he enrolled in Li Chi Wai's school, and he has studied Chen Taiji since 1988. He has trained with Chen Zhonghua, Zhang Lianen, Liu Chengde and Li Enjiu. In this wide-ranging interview, Ronnie tells stories of tra…
 
Tina Zhang was born in China and lived in a home on the grounds of the Imperial Palace. She studied martial arts in school, and continued her studies in the United States after moving here as a student. In this interview, Tina talks with Ken Gullette about the internal arts and her thirst for learning, which led her to shoot, edit and write a great…
 
Frank Allen is a disciple of Chent Style Baguazhang Grandmaster Liu Jingru and also a disciple of Northern Wu Style Taijiquan Grandmaster Li Bing Ci. Frank began studying martial arts in 1973 and is celebrating the 41st anniversary of his school on the lower east side of New York City, the Wu Tang Physical Culture Association. His website is www.wu…
 
This is a different kind of episode. Instead of an interview, Ken Gullette celebrates the one-year anniversary of sending out a weekly training tip to his students, website members and customers. After 52 weekly emails, Ken has gathered up a collection, including some of his favorites, and you will notice a theme that develops which can guide you o…
 
Mark Chen has written a valuable new book called "Chen Style Taijiquan Collected Masterworks: The History of a Martial Art." The book is a translation into English of some important documents that date back to the earliest days of Taijiquan. In this interview, Ken Gullette talks with Mark about the challenges of translating Chinese to English, and …
 
Ken Gullette talks with Jon Nicklin, who lived several years in Shanghai and became a disciple of Dai Xueqi, who is a master of Song family Xingyiquan living in Shanghai. Jon has a wide range of experience in Chinese martial arts, beginning when he lived in London. He now lives in Hong Kong. Ken and Jon talk about his experience studying with a "tr…
 
Is your mind quiet enough to do Tai Chi? Ken Gullette interviews Michael Dorgan, a Hunyuan Taijiquan instuctor and owner of Hunyuan Martial Arts Academy of San Jose in California. Michael is a disciple of the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. He has also studied with Wong Jack Man, George Xu, Zhang Xue Xin, Feng Xiuqian and Chen Xiang. Michael was a …
 
Kim Ivy is a Chen Taiji and Qigong instructor and disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. In part 1 of a 2-part interview, Kim talks with Ken Gullette about how she started in martial arts, training in Judo and Aikido in the US and Japan, and what finally attracted her to Chen Taiji after studying and teaching Yang style. She also talks about teachi…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Holly Sweeney-Hillman, a Senior-level instructor of Traditional Yang Family Tai Chi in Pottersville, New Jersey and the Center Director for the Bedford/Montclair Yang Family Tai Chi Center. Holly has studied with Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun. In this interview, she talks about studying wih members of the Yang family, how Yang t…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Derryl Willis, a Seattle-based instructor of Chen Taijiquan who is a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. Derryl has made many trips to study in the Chen Village. In this interview, Derryl and Ken discuss the true meaning of being a disciple, the value of practicing the basics, and why Derryl caused traffic to stop the fir…
 
Bruce Lee inspired Ken Gullette and Matthew Polly to become involved in martial arts. Now, Matthew has written the best and most detailed biography of Bruce Lee of all. Ken talks with Matthew about Bruce Lee -- his troubled childhood, the hurdles he faced in America, his true skill level, and how he died. Ken also explores two of Matthew's other ou…
 
What happens when a tai chi person takes up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Graham Barlow, the man behind the Tai Chi Notebook blog, did just that. He is a tai chi student and teacher, and a black belt in Jiu Jitsu. He has also studied Xingyi and Choy Lee Fut. In this conversation with Ken Gullette, Graham talks about the differences in the conditioning requi…
 
What is the nature of chi? How is chi interpreted in different ways? Is there a conspiracy in Western medicine against acupuncture? Is acupuncture effective or is it junk science? These are a couple of topics tackled when Ken Gullette interviews Dr. Stephen Jackowicz, a martial artist and the Assistant Clinical Professor of Acupuncture at the Acupu…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Sam Masich, a veteran tai chi instructor who grew up in Canada and now lives and teaches in Germany. He studied with Grandmaster Shouyu Liang, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Brien Gallagher, Raymond Chung and others. Sam has developed the 5 Section Taijiquan Program and the Masich Internal Arts Method.…
 
Ken Gullette with part two of an interview with Ian Sinclair, a tai chi instructor in Orrilia, Ontario. He has studied with Grandmaster Liang Shouyu and Sam Masich. In this wide-ranging discussion, Ian talks about learning fighting applications from Grandmaster Liang Shouyu and Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming; last year's controversial match between an MMA fig…
 
Tai Chi instructor Ian Sinclair talks with Ken Gullette about his experiences training with Grandmaster Shouyu Liang, Raymond Chung and other teachers in Canada. He began studying at the age of 12 and teaches in his hometown of Orillia, Ontario.
 
Ken Gullette talks with Paul Linden, chief instructor at the Columbus Center for Movement Studies/Aikido of Columbus. Paul began studying Aikido in 1969, and he developed the "Being in Movement" mindbody training. He is a specialist in mind and movement awareness education, and his work focuses on the interplay between self-exploration and effectiv…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Dr. Ginevra Liptan, owner of the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon . She is a doctor of internal medicine, but also believes in a holistic approach, combinine scientific medicine to a more wholistic approach that includes some "alternatie" medicines from China. Regardless, you will come away from this intervi…
 
Ken Gullette interviews Keith Kernspecht, perhaps the most successful martial arts teacher in the world. Kernspecht is the founder and head of the European WingTsun Organization. His passion for martial arts began in the 1950s, and he studied wrestling, karate, jiu-jitsu, kempo, Shaolin kung-fu, and other arts. He began studying Wing Chun in 1970 a…
 
Are you an interal arts teacher or school owner who believes your marketing efforts could be improved? Do you have all the students you can hande? Probably not. In this edition of the Internal Fighting Arts podcast, Ken Gullette interviews marketing expert Dave Dee -- davedee.com -- and they explore some basic concepts you need to learn and some qu…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Jonathan Bluestein and Byron Jacobs about "Wude," pronounced "Woo-Duh" that means martial morality and ethics. All you have to do is go onto martial arts Facebook pages and you will see martial artists flaming each other, criticizing the movements and art of others, in a not-so-subtle effort to make themselves look like expe…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Mark Chen, author of "Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan" and a formal, rumen disciple of the late Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou. Mark Chen is a certified senior instructor in the Chen Qingzhou Martial Arts Association. He has also trained under Master Guo Lianyin, Master Bill Gee, Master Chen Youze, and Master Zhang XueXin. In thi…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Dan Djurdjevic, an internal martial arts instructor who teaches in Perth, Australia. Dan is a student of Chen Yun Ching, the son of Chen Pan Ling. In this wide-ranging interview, Dan describes the teaching style of Chen Yun Ching, training in the "melee range," his self-defense advice as an attorney and prosecutor, and he of…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Rory Miller, the author of an influential book, "Meditations on Violence." As a martial artist and a former corrections officer, Miller has given traditional martial arts a slap of reality by outlining the ways that real-world violence is not something that martial arts classes prepare students for, and when it really happen…
 
Ken Gullette interviews Jeet Kune Do instructor Tim Tackett, a veteran martial artist who became a senior instructor under Dan Inosanto in 1973. Tim first studied martial arts in Taiwan, where he learned Hsing-I and Tai Chi. He authored two books on Hsing-I for O'Hara Publications in the late 70s and early 80s, but his main art is JKD. At age 75, h…
 
Robert Allen Pittman is a Xingyi and Bagua teacher who has studied with Robert W. Smith, and in Taiwan Hung I-mien, and the sons of Chen Pan Ling. Allen is the author of "Walking the I Ching: The Linear Bagua of Gao Yi Sheng." He has co-authored books with his late teacher, Robert W. Smith, who was a pioneer in bringing knowledge of Chinese kung-fu…
 
Tai Chi is a martial art, but most people think of it as a slow-motion exercise for health and meditation. In this podcast, Ken Gullette interviews Peter Wayne, a Tai Chi instructor and author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi. Peter Wayne is a researcher and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who is involved …
 
People who believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including chi healing and acupuncture, say that there is a conspiracy by "Western" scientists and doctors to deny the effectiveness of TCM. But what does scientific research say about TCM? Is it science or is it nonsense? Ken Gullette interviews Dr. Harriet Hall, known as the "SkepDoc," a former f…
 
Ken Gullette interviews Bosco Baek, a senior disciple of Chen Bing. Bosco is the chief instructor of the Chen Bing Taiji Academy USA in Los Angeles. In this interview, Bosco talks about growing up in South Korea, how he met Chen Bing, how he arrived at Chen Taiji after first studying Yoga, and how he became the first of Chen Bing's disciples who wa…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Jan Silberstorff, the first Western indoor disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang and co-founder of the World Chen Xiaowang Taijiquan Association. Jan travels the world teaching Chen Taiji. From Germany to Chenjiagou, his story reflects the determination of a true martial artist. He explains why tears fell from Chen Xiaowang'…
 
Ken Gullette interviews Ken Cohen, whose website describes him as a health educator, Qigong Grandmaster, and practitioner of indigenous medicine. He is well-known for his books and audio courses on Qigong and Taoism. His websites are www.kennethcohen.com and www.qigonghealing.com. Ken Gullette practices qigong but takes a skeptical approach to trad…
 
Part Two of a 2-part interview between Ken Gullette and Chen Taiji instructor and Taoist Monk Yunrou, who lives and teaches in Pompano Beach/Boca Raton area of Florida. In this interview, Yunrou discusses Taoism, the need for more emphasis on fighting in Taijiquan, and he tells an enlightening story about a lesson he received in detaching from "a p…
 
The Taoist Monk Yonrou, also known as Arthur Rosenfeld, discusses the events in his life that led him to study martial arts, Tai Chi, and to become an ordained Taoist monk. He lives in Pompano Beach, Florida, is a teacher and is a student of Yan Gaofei. Under his name Arthur Rosenfeld, he has written several books, including Tai Chi: The Perfect Ex…
 
Separating fact from fantasy in Tai Chi and other martial arts. Stuart Shaw teaches Tai Chi and Sanda in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He has a Facebook page, The Fajin Project, that confronts the "BS" in martial arts, shining a light on people who claim supernatural powers and abilities such as the no-touch knockdown and the ability to send pu…
 
Ken Gullette talks with Byron Jacobs, a South African who studies Xingyiquan with Master Di Guoyong in Beijing. Byron also works at the International Wushu Federation. In this interview, Ken talks with Byron about his decision to move to Beijing, cultural aspects of living and training there, sport wushu, and the internal art of Xingyiquan.…
 
Ken Gullette interviews Neil Ripski, an instructor of Ma Family martial arts, including Drunken kung-fu, plus Xingyi, Chen Taiji and Bagua in British Columbia. His website is redjademartialarts.com. Sitting in for co-host Hung Lo is Ken's wife, Nancy.
 
Ken Gullette interviews Jonathan Bluestein, an Israeli student and instructor of Xingyiquan who has written a book called "Research of Martial Arts." Jonathan compiled and wrote the book over a number of years. It is a good addition to any martial arts library.
 
Chen Taiji instructor Jose Figueroa, a disciple of Ren Guangyi, teaches in St. Paul, Minnesota and is this week's guest. Also, Ken gets philosophical on the subject of fear. Has your personal philosophy freed you from fear? This podcast is longer than usual at about an hour and 43 minutes.
 
Ken Gullette explores the subject of Taoism with Bill Helm, an ordained Taoist priest and the Director of the Taoist Sanctuary in San Diego, which he runs with his wife, Allison Helm. Bill specializes in Taijiquan, Qigong, Tuina Chinese Bodywork and Herbal Medicine. Bill and Allison are disciples of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. They travel periodical…
 
Go inside the art of Baguazhang as Ken Gullette talks with Kent Howard, who has trained extensively in Taiwan in the Baguazhang style of Wang Shujin, as taught by Wang's disciple, Huang Jinsheng. After spending many years in Taiwan, Kent now lives in the Portland/Beaverton, Oregon area.
 
In Part 2 of her conversation with Ken Gullette, Kim Ivy describes training with Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing, the experience of being a disciple, and what it is like to train in the Chen Village, the birthplace of Taijiquan. Ken asks how she responds to statements made on an earlier podcast implying that the Taiji being taught in C…
 
Imagine having exclusive access to all of Bruce Lee's personal notes, letters, drawings, and photos? John Little found himself in that position and produced some of the best books documenting Bruce Lee's legacy to all martial arts. Ken Gullette talks with John about what attracted him to Bruce Lee and what it was like to become an important part of…
 
What is the best way to use Taiji and the internal arts for meditation to improve health and ease stress? Ken Gullette talks with Mark W. Muesse, Ph.D., a professor at Rhodes College in Memphis and the instructor of a course called "Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation" which is sold through The Teaching Company. Mindfulness can he…
 
Sometimes truth can be found outside the art you are studying. In the sixth Internal Fighting Arts podcast, Ken Gullette talks with Ari Kandel about Guided Chaos, a martial art created by John Perkins, a former forensic homicide detective. Guided Chaos focuses on real world self-defense, which requires a different mindset than what you find in many…
 
Part two of Ken Gullette's interview with Chen Taiji instructor Stephan Berwick of Washington, DC. Stephan talks about training with Ren Guangyi, Grandmasters Chen Xiaowang and Chen Xiaoxing, and some issues in discipleship, training, self-defense, and the new generation of Chen masters.
 
Ken Gullette talks with Stephan Berwick about his journey from a 9-year old watching the Kung Fu TV show to an actor in Hong Kong kung-fu movies to a disciple of Ren Guangyi. It's another example of the dedication that top martial artists demonstrate -- a requirement of success.
 
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