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Nils Klug has studied with Grandmaster William C. C. Chen for over 25 years, runs a Tai Chi school in Germany, and organizes Tai Chi master classes and push hands competitions.

Nils Klug Tai Chi Applications Videos

Influential instructor demonstrates applications of Tai Chi moves From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

These enlightening videos include the complete set of martial arts applications from Nils Klug's "Tai Chi Applications" DVD. With the help of a partner, Nils, a senior Tai Chi instructor trained by Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, goes through Grandmaster Chen's Yang Short Form. Hidden in the form are many moves that have practical use in self defense. Studying these applications helps in understanding the mechanics of generating force and the proper shape for each movement. (With a subscription you can view these and all the other videos on this channel.)


Yang Form Applications - First 7 Moves

Detailed instruction of alternative martial arts uses

Movements: (1. Preparation;) 2. Beginning; 3. Ward off with left hand; 4. Ward off with right hand; 5. Roll away = pull back; 6. Press; 7. Push

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Roll Away Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Roll Away Tai Chi application

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:03:38)

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Yang Form Applications - Move 8 to 16

Detailed instruction of alternative martial arts uses

Movements: 8. Single whip; 9. Lifting the hands; 10. Shoulder strike; 11. White crane spreads its wings; 12. Cross over the knee and step; 13. Playing the guitar; (14. Cross over the knee and step;) 15. Step up, deflect, intercept and punch; 16. Get the needle at the sea bottom

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Single Whip Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Shoulder Strike Tai Chi application
Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Step Up, Deflect, Intercept and Punch Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Get the Needle at the Sea Bottom Tai Chi application

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:10:05)

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Yang Form Applications - Move 17 to 28

Detailed instruction of alternative martial arts uses

Movements: 17. Spread arms like a fan; 18. Turn and strike with back fist, chop with fingers; 19. Withdraw and push; 20. Crossing hands; 21. Retreat to mountain camp for rematch; (22. Roll away;) (23. Press;) (24. Push;) (25. Diagonal single whip;) 26. A fist under elbow; 27. Step back to drive the monkey away; 28. Diagonal flying posture

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Turn and Strike with Back Fist, Chop with Fingers Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Crossing Hands Tai Chi application
Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Retreat to Mountain Camp for Rematch Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Diagonal Flying Posture Tai Chi application

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:06:43)

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Yang Form Applications - Move 29 to 37

Detailed instruction of alternative martial arts uses

Movements: 29. Waving hands in the clouds; (30. Single whip;) 31. Snake creeps down; 32. Golden pheasant stands on left leg; 33. Golden pheasant stands on right leg; 34. Kick with right foot; 35. Kick with left foot; 36. Turn around strike with heel; 37. Step up and strike with fist

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Waving Hands in the Clouds Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Turn Around and Strike with Heel Tai Chi application
Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Kick with Left Foot Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Golden Pheasant stands on Right Leg Tai Chi application

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:05:46)

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Yang Form Applications - Move 38 to 60

Detailed instruction of alternative martial arts uses

Movements: 38. Strike ears with fists; (39. Roll away;) (40. Press;) (41. Push;) (42. Single whip;) 43. Fair lady at the shuttle #1 = four corners #1; (44. Fair lady at the shuttle #2;) (45. Fair lady at the shuttle #3;) (46. Fair lady at the shuttle #4;) (47. Ward off with left hand;) (48. Ward off with right hand;) (49. Roll away;) (50. Press;) (51. Push;) (52. Single whip;) (53. Snake creeps down;) 54. Step up to seven stars of the dipper; 55. Step back to ride the tiger; 56. Turn around with lotus kick; 57. Bend the bow to shoot the tiger; (58. Step up, deflect, intercept and push;) (59. Withdraw and push;) 60. Crossing hands

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Fair Lady at the Shuttle Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Step Back to Ride the Tiger Tai Chi application
Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Strike Ears with Fists Tai Chi application         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Crossing Hands Tai Chi application

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:08:48)

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Yang Form Applications - Combinations

Combining multiple movements to create two-man exercises

Nils Klug demonstrates some short and long combinations of Tai Chi applications. He starts with "endless loops" where both participants are switching back and forth repeating the same moves. Then he shows some longer series of scripted movements in which one person does the standard Tai Chi movements and the other is an aggressor that creates the openings for these moves.

Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Tai Chi application combination         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Tai Chi application combination
Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Tai Chi application combination         Nils Klug and partner demonstrate Tai Chi application combination

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:05:22)

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Form and Applications DVD Credits

Thanks to Master William C. C. Chen, Nathan Menaged & Dr. Tao Ping-Siang

Nils Klug and Fabian Scholz enjoying a light moment

Listing of cast and crew, including his application partners, Thorsten Schneider and Fabian Scholz. Photography by Rasmus Sievers, who is also the DVD editor and director, and Maik Sadowski.

From: Nils Klug (Forms & Applications DVD) (00:01:29)

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