Chinese Boxing, also called Energy Boxing, focuses on the following areas of development:

  • Generate energy within yourself
  • Project energy
  • Read and re-direct another’s energy

Thus, Chinese Boxing relies on internal energy as opposed to external energy or muscular strength. The primary purpose of Chinese Boxing is the study of practical self-defense. The boxing is also a good way to improve overall health and fitness.
Chinese Boxing is defined as those arts grounded in the basic principles of Energy Boxing. We refer to these principles as the Ten Principles. The origin of a style is not important as long as it is grounded in the ten principles. We are concerned about what is truly effective in self-defense, not about the ‘classical mess’ (insistence that there is only one right way to do things) often associated with martial arts schools.
The Vanderbilt University Kung Fu Club, through its affiliation with the Chinese Boxing Institute International (C.B.I.I.), offers both traditional martial arts styles and studies in the Chinese Boxing Boards. The styles represent the traditional methods of teaching Chinese Boxing while the boards are a cross reference of the styles or the best and most effective ideas from each style.

The Chinese Boxing Institute International offers the following studies:

Major Styles

  • Pa Kua Chang
  • Tai Chi Chuan
  • Hsing-I Chuan
  • Wing Chun
  • Fukien White Crane (2 Styles)
  • Wa Lu

Other Methods

  • Chinese Boxing Boards
  • Chin-Na
  • JKD
  • Grand Chaining
  • SASG
  • Adamantine Boxing
  • Monkey Boxing
  • Black Shan-Tung Tiger
  • Bird Boxing

Joe Rea Phillips is the instructor of the Vanderbilt Kung Fu Club. He is a Senior Student of James Cravens and is certified through CBII to teach Pa Kua Chang, Tai Chi Chuan, and the CBII Boards. Sifu Phillips is also a 20th Generation Indoor Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang. The Vanderbilt University Kung Fu Club concentrates on the following curriculums:


  • Pa Kua Chang
  • Chen Tai Chi Chuan – Old Large Frame and New Frame
  • Wa Lu
  • Chinese Boxing Boards


  • Kai Sai Kung Fu
  • Chin-Na, while not studied as a style itself is studied as an integral part of the primary styles
  • Grand Chaining
  • Wing Chun