Iron Body

Returning to the Hung Gar Tiger Crane set. A while back I posted links and names for the first section, Poison Hands. Iron Body is the second section.

Buzzard folds his wings

Iron body- Vulture folds his wings

I’ve got three good videos to work from:

The names of the movements are:

Sweep in front, sweep behind
Raise the sun and moon
Vulture folds its wings
Double bow spears the flower
Duck traverses water
Press ten thousand pounds
Double dragons leap from sea
Establish an iron bridge
Soft bridge left
Soft bridge right
hero holds a pot
Scoop the moon from the bottom of the sea
Crane flashes wings
Crane folds wings
Twin daggers cut the bridge
Tiger defends left
Tiger defends right
Tiger defends behind
Tiger cleans its whiskers

As a bonus, I’ve found the Chinese names for the first four names in the Poison Hands section–not in characters or standard Pinyin, just phonetic. Still looking for a proper list.

Fu hu qian long — qian is hide
Mei ren zhao jing — zhao is to regard one’s image, jing is mirror
Xie feng bai liu — liu is willow
Xiu li cang hua — xiu is sleeve, or tuck into sleeve; cang is hide

Laojia Yilu: Tricks and Horse’s Mane

In section four, after the single whip that follows Push Mountain (Tui Shan), we do forward and backward tricks and Part the Wild Horse’s Mane right and left:

  • Forward Move (Qian Zhao)
  • Backward Move (Hou Zhao)
  • Part the Wild Horse’s Mane (Ye Ma Fen Zong)

Zhao (招) means maneuver, move, or trick. Here’s the video:

Part the Wild Horse’s Mane:

And finally, a video of section four through Part the Wild Horse’s Mane:

Ready for Yu Nu Chuan Suo and the end of section four!

Poison Hands

We are learning the Kung Fu Tiger Crane 108 as our secondary project in class (Laojia Yilu is our primary focus). The first section of the 108 is Poison Hands, a study of just the blocking movements with the hands.


The names (translations) we use are as follows. So far, I’ve had no luck finding Chinese names.

  • Suppress the Tiger Hide the Dragon
  • Beauty Looks in the Mirror
  • Crosswind Bends the Willow
  • Push the Flower Up the Sleeve
  • One Finger Divides China
  • Press Ten Thousand Pounds
  • Dragon Leaps from the Sea
  • Dragon Plays in the Water
  • Four Fingers Face the Sky
  • Dragon Serves the Pearl
  • Dragon Spits the Pearl

Repeat on the other side, except after Dragon Serves the Pearl comes Wind Punching Method. Video resources:

Applications for sword

There are thirteen techniques for swordplay. I have found several versions of the list, including:


Above, Amin Wu is doing 32-sword, and this is dian jian: point sword. Here’s the list

  1. 点: Dian – point
  2. 刺: Ci – stab
  3. 带: Dai – carry
  4. 劈: Pi – chop
  5. 抽: Chou – pull out
  6. 提: Ti – lift
  7. 击: Ji – hit
  8. 格: Ge – block
  9. 洗: Xi – clear off
  10. 绷: Beng – split
  11. 绞: Jiao – stir
  12. 压: Ya – press
  13. 截: Jie – intercept

The first seven are exemplified in 32-sword. Master Zhang (first link above) provides good descriptions of how all of them work as applications of sword forms. I am wondering how liao, gua, and sao fit in. Also, is lan just a synonym for ge or jie?

From Tao of Tai Chi, I’ve also found a list of techniques for the Tai chi broadsword: upper cut, under cut, cross cut, chop, split, lift, stab, block, pull coiling, push, intercept and parry.

Miyamoto Musashi

Love this video. Miyamoto Musashi was a legendary Samurai swordsman, but here he’s using a short staff–what we call the flute.


And here’s a cool documentary on the Samurai by Mark Dacascos (about an hour and forty-five minutes long, on YouTube).


My interest is Tai Chi, which is Chinese, whereas the Samurai are Japanese. And although Tai Chi is a martial art, my interest is more in the art than the marital part, more about health than fighting. But this is pretty exciting stuff.

Also, in the short clip, I recognize some of the moves we practice in flute form, including two-handed poke at the end of the form, which he is about to execute below.

If you haven’t read Shinju, by Laura Jo Rowland, I recommend it. It’s a satisfying nail-biter of a detective story, set in 17th century Tokyo. The main character, Sano Ichiro, is a Samurai and the most admirable protagonist ever. Here’s a lovely old Japanese woodblock of Musashi from Wikipedia:

Miyamoto Musashi (Wikipedia image)

Samurai Miyamoto Musashi

Nei Kung

Nei Kung means internal work. Ten postures and exercises are specifically designed to build the strength and flexibility needed for Tai Chi. Master Gohring uses the Nei Kung set to help beginning Tai Chi students get up to speed in their physical conditioning. More advanced students benefit from regular practice as well.

The primary sourcebook for CK Chu's Nei Kung system

The primary source book for study of Nei Kung.

Nei Kung was created by Grandmaster CK Chu (1937-2013) as part of his Eternal Spring system for health, self-defense and meditation. His book (above) describes the ten postures in detail with excellent illustrations. Master Gohring offers video demonstration and instruction of all the postures.

Then ten postures and video links are:

  1. Embracing Horse
  2. Ride the Wild Horse (includes general discussion of Nei Kung by Master Gohring)
  3. Playing Guitar
  4. The Compass
  5. Double Dragons Leap from Sea
  6. Rhinoceros Gazes at the Moon
  7. Ride the Tiger (Additional demo)
  8. Phoenix Spreads Wings
  9. Hit the Tiger (On the cover of CK Chu’s book above!)
  10. Owl Turns His Head

The eight important points for Nei Kung are listed below. The ten postures and eight important points are on both the first and second degree black sash tests. Repetitions and durations of postures for beginning, intermediate and advanced students can be found in the book. For the black sash test, we are required to hold Embracing Horse for 20 minutes.

  1. Head suspended
  2. Toes in, knees out, pelvis tucked under
  3. Chest concave
  4. Body rounded
  5. Shoulders and elbows down
  6. Waist loose
  7. Kua (hip joints) loose
  8. Deep breathing

Additional video can be found on Master Gohring’s YouTube Channel.