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We were fortunate enough to have GM° Sam Chin  back in Tempe over the May 7-8, 2016 weekend. I was especially excited to have Sifu back, as it was his first trip back to the Phoenix area in more than two years.

We spent Friday evening at Ruey's house catching some of Sifu's wisdom on video and listening to Ruey's stories from the early days at the Temple when Sifu first began teaching his family's martial art to the public.

Fork Energy: Engaging Structure and Mass

Submitted by Qiang on Mon, 01/04/2016 - 14:39

At the point of contact, you want to be able to generate at least two energies: one attacking the structure and one attacking the mass. The why and how of this may not be immediately obvious, but the principle behind this “fork” energy can be understood via simple models.

As a first pass to understanding, we remove complicating factors and reduce our analysis to the essentials needed for examining the underlying principles. Using a “spherical cow” approximation technique, we can do barebones thought experiments to derive the mechanisms of the fork energy.

Random Thoughts Dec 2015

Submitted by Qiang on Fri, 12/18/2015 - 08:12

Inching towards clarity

Sifu has said that he doesn’t teach anything new, rather we just understand things differently each time. I haven’t had any earth-shattering learning experiences with my training lately, so I take this to mean that enough of what Sifu has taught me has sunken in that my head no longer hurts when trying to grasp his lessons. Of course, there is still the possibility that I have completely misunderstood him and am operating with completely flawed model of reality.


Submitted by hollyanne on Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:29


Thoughts come and thoughts go
I am one with one
Unattached, bright and calm


I have a like or a dislike
I hate, I don’t like
I fight to be right
I fight, I am wrong

I realize that I am wrong
I have a choice
What is

By Holly Pope

Pics from Daria Sergeeva's visit to the UK

Submitted by mark w. on Wed, 10/07/2015 - 13:59

Just wanted to share some pics that are posted on the ILC London North East Face book page of our experience during Daria Sergeeva's visit to the UK for the British Tai Chi Unions 25th anniversary. Thanks again to Daria for spending time with us and Special thanks to Dan Docherty for inviting her to the UK.

It was a great weekend for ILC members and instructors in the UK who could make it and we hope to see Daria again soon.

Tweets From June 2015 Master's Class

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Thu, 07/09/2015 - 16:08
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Here are my tweeted notes from the June Master Class, which took place on June 28th, 2015. This time around I decided to leave out my personal tweets altogether and only include Sifu's words.
I also left out any tweets where I missed an auto-correct error that could confuse readers who's native language is not English (there was only one).

The June 2015 Master Class was run more like old school classes that Sifu used to run when he taught regularly at the local level. Class began with refinements of the 15 basics and philosophy, concepts and principles, after which Sifu broke everyone up into smaller groups to work on their next level and assigned a senior student to work with that group on the material.

I Liq Chuan students Dr.Nancy Watterson and Lan Tran used this past semester to launch 2 academic full-credit courses featuring I Liq Chuan as a method of learning about learning. The interdisciplinary seminars (one offered to undergraduates at Cabrini College, the other to graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania) aimed to further ways of thinking about how people learn, about how people move, and about how to be more aware in everyday life.

First Children’s I Liq Chuan Grading in USA

Submitted by Yen on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:48

Congratulations Willa Sio, (10yrs) and Sofia Zigouras (7yrs)!! On May 11th, 2015, they became the first students to successfully pass their Children’s Level 1 test in the U.S.!! We are very proud of all of their hard work to build this skill and wish their continued success in I Liq Chuan! 

2015 Instructors Intensive Notes

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Tue, 06/02/2015 - 18:37
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GM Sam Chin Quote

Original photo courtesy of Katja Goljat

I missed the President's Day Intensive this year because it was so close to me moving back to New York, but now that I'm living in the state, I'm just a short train ride away from Sifu's house so I was definitely in attendance for the Instructors Intensive! Taking the train is a great way to make the trip, although I hit two hours worth of delays on the ride home, which made for a REALLY long day.

I Liq Chuan Stance - Infographic

Submitted by Ashe Higgs on Wed, 05/13/2015 - 15:45
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From time to time I get the privilege of answering questions about our material from students around the world.  Recently I received a question via email from Peter in Australia regarding some questions about the basic exercises and our stance, so I put together this infographic that shows the key pointers I try to teach about placement and weighting of our basic stance. Please note that the illustration below shows a figure in wuji posture because I wanted to use as neutral a posture as possible to emphasis the placement and weighting of the feet. Of course, the hands should be up for fighting positions and postures.

Click the image for a larger, higher res version.

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