Ting taijiquan and the ting family system

Ting Taijiquan, like all taijiquan styles, is derived from the best battlefield martial arts and then infused with Daoist philosophy and deep mindfulness exercises. (Click here to find out more about taijiquan’s history and principles.) Practically speaking, this means Ting Taijiquan's overarching training structure is similar to other systems of taijiquan. Ting Taijiquan has short forms, a long form, a sword form, push hands, various empty hand and staff qigong, acupressure and acupuncture.

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Ting Taijiquan differs from other styles of taijiquan in a few important ways. Perhaps most importantly, it follows Sun Taijiquan in that it combines elements of taijiquan’s sister arts: baguazhang and xingyiquan. For instance, borrowing from baguazhang, the footwork of Ting Taijiquan becomes increasingly advanced, expecting the practitioner to be able to move to any of the eight trigrams at any time. 

The second primary difference is the inclusion of wing chun (or wing tsun) as its third form or fighting form. Dennis Bussell always taught that the third form of taijiquan was the first form of wing chun, and that the Tings transitioned to wing chun after the third form. However, it must be noted that the fighting form is not a pure form from wing chun; rather, it is a combination of the three traditional wing chun forms mixed with taijiquan.

It is for these reasons that senior students began referring to the collection of forms and training methods taught by the Tings to Dennis as the Ting Family System, as it seemed to be a more accurate representation of the vast diversity of the criteria. As the website grows, you will be able to see how these pieces fit together to teach taijiquan principles.

Whether for health, meditation, or martial arts, taijiquan generates the perfect system for a lifelong study. Hopefully, you will find Ting Taiji helpful on your journey. 

In 2009, Dennis Bussell died in a car accident. This was to be the first in a series of DVDs compiled from archival footage of Dennis Bussell teaching. However, the project was scrapped when the quality of the footage could not be significantly improved for enjoyable DVD quality viewing, let alone the high definition quality people have become used to.