Connection Training Course

Building the connected body for internal power

Level : all levels | Price : $75 $37.50 | Course time : approx 3hrs

Format : 7 sections, overviews, theory, preparations & techniques

This course covers the techniques and methods we use to create the connected body. It is a comprehensive exploration of the subject with the specially selected exercises targeting the right tissues in the most effective way. Learn what connection is, why we need it and most importantly how to train it in a proven and reliable way.

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What do Experienced Martial Artists think of this material?

My Taijiquan practice has benefited significantly with the teachings of Internal Power Training - it is amazing to see and experience the changes in energy flow and body structure. The things I am learning from you guys are being applied in my forms, while handling weapons, as well as my join-hands and applications. I have recommended Internal Power Training to numerous fellow practitioners and I will continue to do so. Thank you!

Glyndwr Merriman - Yang style Taijiquan practitioner.


Before we start to learn the techniques and methods of connection training, we need to understand what Connection actually means in this work and why it is important.


In this section Chris covers the ideas behind connection training and its value and utility to the Internal Martial artists. We will cover the different benefits of connection training, from increased sensitivity to change to better transmission of power so that you are fully up to speed with the benefits of this training before the hard work starts!

We also cover the basics of training and how to approach the work to come in this course including special bonus videos on 'intent' and breathing from the IPT Academy.

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The first line of connection in the body we will look at training is the Axis. Responsible for mobility of the spine and many of the classical methods of moving the torso this line is one of the most important to develop.


It could be said that without the development of this line, you are not practicing Internal Power, it is that important! The axis is considered to be 3 concepts. The imaginary 'center line' of the body, the spine, and the central tissue channel. In this video we will explore how those concepts come together and which of them we are aiming to train.


Chris demonstrates and gives instruction on his Axis Pulling method which targets all of the right tissues, in the right way, so as to maximize the benefit to the student.


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Throughout the martial arts we see the tradition of the 'Horse' or 'Horse Riding' stance. This tradition hints at the development of the stable base for the body, the structure called, The Crotch Arch (Dang).


In order for the internal arts adept to effectively handle forces applied to them and forces generated within them, they must have a stable and developed base. This is found in the structures that create the 'crotch arch', a supporting bridge of tissue that runs from foot to foot along the insides of the legs.


In this video we will look at a static training exercise that has been shown, time and again, in Chris' students to quickly and effectively develop this important aspect of the connected web.


Get the stable base that is so often felt in the internal arts experts with this simple exercise.

What do experienced Martial Artists think of this Material?

Having trained for about 30 years in several martial arts, mainly Karate, I have in the last 8-10 years thought that there are some missing / forgotten links in the training methods. I Recently attended a seminar on Internal Power Training, held in Gloucester by Chris. His teaching method, ability and understanding of the subject are to simply put it “incredible” and an important point to make I feel is; Chris makes no mystery of the art.

Bruce Payne - Karateka


The arms are of particular interest to the martial artist. We use them to strike, check, grapple, lock, offbalance and pin the opponent. So developing a reliable, strong and sensitive connection from the hands to the body is of key importance.


Beyond the martial arts, simply having a strong arm bridge connection will give you a greater freedom of motion and dexterity in every aspect of your life. The right use of the shoulder, the chest, the scapula, the back and all of the connections in between transforms many peoples understanding of how to use or receive forces


In this section we cover preparation training to help activate the elasticity in the tissue as well as some tough, but powerful connection training methods to build up your arm to body connections.



Often neglected but always utilized, the side lines are vital for 'same' side alignments like the harmony of the shoulder and hip. But more than this they are the side supports of the body and, in the legs, provide a stable opposite side to the crotch arch.


When trained correctly the side lines can be responsible for strong rebound or recoil forces during twisting movement. This is a dynamic that we see in Ba Gua and one that produces huge power from short distances. Often overlooked in favor of Axis and cross body development, the development of the side lines should not be ignored!


Chris demonstrates and gives instruction on 2 distinct side line training methods as well as some very useful 'warm ups' that will create the optimum conditions for mobilizing and recruiting the right tissues.



The cross body or Spiral Line is perhaps the most important line for the interesting and unique ways of moving found in the internal arts. This line allows the adept to manage and manipulate forces in such a way as to feel more powerful than they should.


The utility of the spiral is well known in many areas but, in the Internal Arts, it take pride of place among the many and varied methods. The Spiral is at the heart of what makes internal movement so effective or hard to comprehend and at the root of this movement skill is the development of the Cross body or Spiral Line.


In this video Chris explores various methods of preparation and development, some of which stem from the powerful system of Xing Yi Quan, to bring you the optimum training method for developing this line.


What do Experienced Martial Artists think of this material?

"Chris's IP course has provided me with invaluable information which has led to massive improvements and filled lots of gaps in my IMA training. My structure, movement and power have all improved and this has been noticed in my regular Taiji class."

Steve - Long Term Nei Jia Practitioner


To help you get the most out of this course we have included a bonus section with selected videos from the IPT academy! Below are a couple of the videos that you can view as part of this course:


- Overview of Intent
- The reach beyond your reach method of intent training
- The Move before you move method of intent training
- Bonus Pulling Silk training overview
- Bonus pulling silk method demonstration and instruction video


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