Chinese Boxing Short Core Synthesis

We practice several styles of Chinese boxing in the Vanderbilt Kung Fu Club with an emphasis on Pa Kua Chang and Chen style Tai Chi Chuan. Other arts such as Walu,Wing Chun, Hsing-I, Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, and Fukien White Crane are practiced as part of our overall Chinese Boxing self defense curriculum which my teacher,James Cravens, calls the “Chinese Boxing Synthesis” – Core Curiculum. The club is a member of the Chinese Boxing Institute International (CBII), which is an organization that places an emphasis on principles of energy mastery over style. These are principles that Mr. Casey, Professor Cravens’ teacher, found thru many years of training with some of the greatest masters of energy boxing. These principles were the common denominator that all of these masters exhibited such as root, yielding, centeredness, line and angle, unitary theory, projection, body state, forward pressure, six-nine theory, and mind hit. Thus, all of our arts express these principles including our Chinese Boxing Synthesis curriculum. This curriculum originated with Mr. Casey’s desire to flesh out the best of each art’s self defense techniques under categories that he referred to as boards ( inspired by Henry Okazaki, the founder of Kodakan jujitsu ). Professor Cravens has continued to refine these boards into the following categories:

  1. Hand/arm offensive techniques (25 elements)
  2. Foot/leg offensive techniques (30 elements)
  3. Traversers (25elements)
  4. Defenders (25 elements)
  5. Offensive combinations (28 elements)
  6. Chin- na (30 elements)
  7. Collision techniques (21 elements) We
  8. Ground fighting (20 elements)
  9. Skill drills (20 elements)
  10. Dueling (25 elements)
  11. Power projection (21 elements)
  12. Unitary energy exercises (30 elements)
  13. Strength, endurance, flexibility (20 elements)
  14. Fighting theory (25 elements)
  15. Mind Training (20 elements)
  16. History, philosophy, religion (18 elements)

This method of training draws from many great arts and allows one to develop realistic self defense skills. It is easy when one is learning difficult and sometimes esoteric arts such as Pa Kua Chang and Tai Chi Chuan to lose sight of their concrete applications to fighting. Working on our Chinese Boxing Synthesis curriculum brings all of our arts into the realistic arena of combat.