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Internal Martial Arts

I recently did an interview for the Journal of Chinese Martial Arts conducted by Nick Scrima.

In the article I share stories about:

  • What it was like to train in Karate in Japan in the 1960′s and in Aikido with founder O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba
  • Why I shifted my training from external martial arts to internal martial arts (tai chi, bagua, hsing-i)
  • What China was like immediately following the Communist Cultural Revolution

You can read the interview below (or download a PDF at the bottom of the page).

Master Frantzis, since a lot of information is already available on your background, I would like to focus on questions to give our readers new insights about your ideas and achievements. You chose to go from New York City to Japan for your training. What motivated you to seek knowledge there?

I wanted to learn martial arts. I already had a background in Japanese martial arts. By the time I left New York I had eight black belts including belts in Judo, Karate and Iaido. Read More

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In early August we are launching a Hsing-i Chuan and I Chuan product. These Live DVDs will include both martial and health applications. If you are interested in the internal arts you can signup for the launch list to receive extra bonuses when it goes live here:

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We will be releasing a report soon called “The Fastest Way to Build Martial Power and Chi” to those on the list.

Here is some vintage footage explaining the five hsing-i elements in fighting applications:

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musashi5Many people talk about “peaceful warriors” to the point that it has become a cliché, not to mention an oxymoron because war is not peaceful. If you are a real warrior, in the classic sense of the word, it means that you’re going to have to go out and fight, beat people up, kill them and be involved in war.

Now for most people this is terribly unrealistic and not something they want to do. As a matter of fact the majority of people who have to go through war really wish they hadn’t.

That said if you are a spiritual warrior, at least from an Eastern point of view, you are someone who will fight every battle until you become enlightened, giving no quarter to anything inside you that prevents you from persevering.

It’s a fairly courageous act and one that, frankly speaking, most people haven’t got the guts to tackle. The idea is really great. Everyone loves the concept and it’s not that the concept isn’t wonderful, but actually doing it is rough. Read More

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Bruce with Taoist Master Liu Hung Chieh

The most important thing in any martial arts is not what style you study, or the brand name, but rather the level of fighting skill of the individual.

A world-class racing driver in a so-so car will beat a poor driver in the world’s best car. Only when two drivers are of equal skill will the technology of the car be the determining factor in who wins the race.

Each martial arts school has its special kung fu or “skill technology.” For example, the lineage of Tung Hai-Ch’uan became famous for its special kung fu techniques. All students could learn the movements, but only a few learned the kung fu techniques that had bagua zhang’s unique flavor and power. This kung fu is genuinely internal and is a subject of doing, not talking. Read More

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*To view clips in high quality, start playing the video and then change the 360p setting in the bottom right to 720p*

Taoist Lineage Holder Bruce Frantzis demonstrates the energies of the single, double, and smooth palm changes and how they are used in martial arts fighting applications.

This footage was taken from Bruce’s Bagua Double Palm Change event in Atherton, California.

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