Tim Cartmell demonstrating Tai Ji Quan in Tokyo Japan 1990

Ted Sias Kung San Soo

I subsequently studied with Ted for about twelve years. The last three years I also studied in the instructor's class with Jimmy Woo. So I stayed with San Soo from the time I was 12 until I went to the orient when I was about 23. What can you tell us about San Soo in general I was looking for a style of martial arts which was street self-defense oriented. At the time I noticed that in a lot of styles, especially the Chinese styles, people did a lot of forms and exercises and prearranged...

Gao Liu De shown above taught Tim Wang Xiang Zhais Yi Quan method and Xing Yi Quan

Hsing Internal Power Exercise

San Soo does not have many hand trapping drills or things of that nature and the internal martial arts did. That was one major difference. When we fought, there was no element of surprise. Those experiences gave me a little more well rounded martial education. Also, San Soo has a little bit broader base of technique. San Soo has a great number of fighting methods, including ground techniques and sacrifice throws, that most of the internal style don't have. Also San Soo had a lot of...

An Introduction to Tang Shou Tao Internal Martial Arts

Chinese Martial Arts Banners

Investigating the history of Ba Gua and Xing Yi's instruction in the United States, one will find that during the 1960's and 1970's, when these arts we first being introduced in this country outside of small groups practicing in the Chinese communities, the majority of what was being taught in the United States was being brought back by servicemen, government employees, and various other martial arts enthusiasts who had studied in Taiwan. A large portion of these individuals starting with...

The Teaching of Xu Hong Ji An Interview with Mike Bingo

The following interview was conducted with Mike Bingo in February at the 1995 North American Tang Shou Tao instructor's conference in St. Louis. Mike Bingo, a thirty-three year veteran of Army Special Forces, was one of Xu Hong Ji's first American black belts, having studied with him starting in 1968. Mike Bingo was appointed by Xu Hong Ji to be the President of the United States Tang Shou Tao Association, however, due to his military career and frequent travel overseas he has kept a low...

How did your originally meet Xu Hong Ji

Master Hong Yixiang

By virtue of what I did working with Special Forces in Vietnam, Studies Observation Group, I was able to go to Taiwan with the Chinese Blackbirds. These were classified missions. On that particular occasion, we had just executed an NVA prisoner snatch behind enemy lines, a successful one I might add, and we flew down and dropped off the POW in Saigon. Then we stayed on the plane and flew to the base in Taiwan. The hotel safe house, that we were staying at was right down...