Coaching Tai Chi as a human performance tool.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. In regards to ancient teachings, we are reframing older language to suite the modern mind. Jan Lucanus coaches Tai Chi as a human performance tool. Jan works with top athletes, CEOs, and those seeking access to practical power in daily life.
Jan's parents both trained Tai Chi & Kung Fu, and raised him around their masters in New York's Chinatown. Jan studied directly under masters from a range of disciplines, including Shaolin monks Shi Yan Ming and Shi Xing Peng, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor John Machado, and Lama Kung Fu Master David Ross. Jan also fought semi-pro Sanshou (Chinese Kickboxing mixed with Mongolian Wrestling) under renowned Beijing Coach Li Ti Liang on the NY International Sanshou Team under Captain Novell G. Bell. Jan was privileged to study Wu Style Tai Chi under Sifu Keith Tong (lineage to Grandmaster Wu Gong Yi), Liu Ho Ba Fa Water Boxing under Sifu Cheng Ki Chang, and Reverse-Breathing Yang Style Tai Chi under Grandmaster William C. C. Chen (disciple of Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing). In 2004, Jan was recruited onto the US Tai Chi Push Hands Team by Push Hands World Champion, coach, and chess prodigy Josh Waitzkin. Jan was later elected Captain of the US Tai Chi Push Hands Team (2009-2011) and coached the team alongside his father, World Champion Jan C. Childress.
Tai Chi is also played as a very fast competitive sport known as Tuishou or Push Hands. Jan's unique adaptation of Tai Chi Push Hands is a system of knowing yourself and others through pressure exercises with partners. This exercises greatly assist in making the cerebral become kinesthetic, train tactical empathy by helping you relate to tension in your partners, and allow us to strategize from long form pattern recognition.
Ultimate Fighter and Strikeforce veteran Brendan Weafer plays his first Sports Tai Chi Push Hands match with Coach Jan Lucanus. After our session, Brendan expressed appreciation for the unique grappling approach that the sport of Taiwanese Tai Chi World Cup Push Hands provides. Specifically, the emphasize on control and spacial manipulation using primarily the mid-section of the body, while Muay Thai would emphasize the head and wrestling would emphasize the legs. Tai Chi Push Hands compliments any movement discipline.
In this final match of the 3rd Tai Chi World Cup 70kg-75kg weight class, Chen Zhi-Wei (of the Shi Zhong Tai Chi College, and the younger brother of 5x world champion Chen Chi-Cheng) outscores Jan Lucanus (Captain of the William C. C. Chen Push Hands Team) by 1 point for the gold medal win in this Moving Step Push Hands match.
This is a friendly practice between our Tai Chi Push Hands players and some of the BJJ grapplers that had an open mat during our session. Coach Jan Lucanus (white pants) uses the science of pushing to disrupt the takedown strategies of more sophisticated throwing artists, then executed throws when they are off-balance or winded. It should be noted that this practice session is using Extreme Push Hands rules (full body grappling, push out of ring for 1 point, 2 points for any throw), and has no groundfighting. Therefore, the BJJ player can only utilize his standup grappling game. Learning Push Hands benefits every type of movement system, especially grappling and football.
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