Tai Chi Bone Breaking

Tai Chi Bone Breaking techniques include but are not limited to bone breaking through leverage, extension, hyper-extension, pressure, rotation, weight drop and impact.

A leverage bone break can occur by using the (force) or the practitioners applied weight or pressure to cause the break. Brush Knee, Needle Searches Sea Bottom and Parry are good simple examples of this.

A leverage break can also occur by using the (load) or weight of the recipients body. Wild Horse Tosses Mane, Cloud Hands and Carry the Cauldron are all good simple examples of this.

Last but not least, a leverage break can occur at the (Fulcrum) or middle point of the lever. Wild Horse Tosses Mane and Carry the Cauldron can be used this way also. Fan through the back and Grasp Sparrows Tail are excellent simple examples of this.

Rise and Fall, Strum the Lute and Monkey Retreats (not Repulse Monkey) are excellent simple examples of moves that can be used to get a simple weight drop impact break.

I certainly do intend to stimulate discussion with this post. Please add posts / comments of other breaks and breaking methods with various Tai Chi Bone Breaking Moves.


  1. Dan Eidson, DCH, LMT says

    Not repulse monkey? Ok I got it. It is not an drop weight impact break. But it is application for self defense. Example: hands are up in surrender position, opponent grabs right wrist. You turn it over, step back, turning waist pulling him in, simultaneously pushing your left hand, striking the throat with a Tiger Mouth. That is the repulse monkey technique I practice.
    I could see where raise arm (and body) to press down would snap the elbow. Then shift right and left throwing opponent off balance, while doing further damage to the fracture. Thanks for the points sifu.

    • Sigung Clear says

      Correct. Monkey Retreats does as I state in the post and Repulse Monkey can do as you are stating.

      I primarily differentiate the names because so often people see the one I am doing and actually state that it is not Repulse Monkey. What I actually think about it is that the move is one and the same except that Repulse Monkey is very small frame and Monkey Retreats is very large frame making for a noticeable difference in appearance and application. Keep up the great training.

  2. Dan Eidson, DCH, LMT says

    Thank for the clarification on the Monkey variation-learned something today.

    Take Care

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