Chip Ellis Videos
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Static pictures are better than nothing, but moving video is the next best thing to actually having the teacher with you. Here are a few clips for your edification. Check back here later for more.
Note that these video files are in Windows Media Viewer (WMV) format. They work the best with the Windows media viewer.
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On November 10, 1987, when I was 40, Dong's School of Taijiquan gave a demonstration of the Art to the general public at the Sun Yat Sen School in Honolulu. We showed a lot of things, including this demonstration of the Yang Style Staff Set.
In this cut, you will see us using staffs made from 10 foot lengths of rattan, about 1 3/4 inches in diameter. This was the material we initially used as we learned the form. Because rattan is very flexible it gave us good feedback on how well we were using our waists to generate the power needed to wield such a weapon.
In the demo, I am the person on the right side. You will see us doing the initial warm up series of 4 movements. Then we do a "staff wiggling" series in 4 different postures. We were told to do 100 shakes in each position when we were training. Then you will see a sort of push hands with sticks as we touched our staffs and moved them in a circular pattern back and forth. Finally you will see a quick application in which Richard attacks my head and I defend.
Click here to see Chip Ellis and Richard Haynal demonstrating the Yang Style Staff Set. The file is about 33.1 meg in size.
This video was shot on May 18, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii during our annual Chang San Feng celebration. The person on the left is Chip Ellis, and on the right is Randy Kim. Randy is a long time dedicated student of Tung Hu Ling and Dong Zeng Chen.
The video shows an initial warm up sequence, the first 4 move set, the second 4 move set, a "push hands" set using the staff, and a free form sparring demonstration. (The free form part was actually staged so that we could show the audience some of the applications clearly.)
For several years before this video was shot Dong Zeng Chen taught us these sets as part of his advanced class on Thursday nights in Honolulu, at the Sun Yat Sen school. About 8 students learned these movements. Randy and I practiced the most together and really enjoyed the practice. As we were learning we kept breaking our staffs during the hard application part of the exercises. Finally we went into the woods above Honolulu and cut saplings of Iron Wood to use as staffs. These were quite heavy and stiff, but they did not break! These are the staffs you see in the video.
Click here to see the staff set and demonstration. The file is about 48.7 meg in size so you will want to use a fast Internet connection. Enjoy!
This tape was shot February 17, 1996, on Maui, Hawaii, at our annual Taijiquan Intensive Camp on that island. I was 49 at the time. In it you will see me teaching the knife set to a group of the camp participants. Since I was teaching, my movements are slower and more gentle than if I were giving a demonstration. I include it here to give you something to practice with. If you want to see a more active performance, click here to go to Dong Zeng Chen's set done in Malaysia.
Click here to see Chip Ellis teaching the Dao Set. The file is about 44.9 meg in size.
Here is another cut from that same February 17, 1996, Maui Camp. This time I'm teaching the sword form. If you want to see a more active performance, click here to go to Dong Zeng Chen's set done in Malaysia.
Click here to see Chip Ellis teaching the Yang Style Jien Set. The file is about 67.9 meg in size.