Guidelines for T'ai Chi practice

Chang San Feng

→ Translations of writings attributed to Chang San Feng

→ The body must move as a single unit, at one with the breath, chi and spirit. The rooting of the feet, the strength of the legs, and the power of the waist are all manifest in the hands. There is connection within the whole body. Our movement is guided by our intention. T'ai Chi is like a great river rolling on unceasingly.

→ The motion should be rooted in the feet, controlled by the waist, and manifest through the fingers. The feet, legs and waist must act together.

Wu Yu Hsiang

→ Translations of writings attributed to Wu Yu Hsiang

→ The body follows the chi, which follows the intention. If the movements are sung (rooted) we develop jing (power). Jing is generated in the spine like drawing a bow. Fa jing (explosive power) is like the release of an arrow. Our form is dynamic, like a falcon about to seize a rabbit. Our spirit is sharp, like a cat about to seize a rat. Be still as a mountain and flow like a river.

→ Store up internal energy like drawing a bow. Move it like winding silk from a cocoon. Discharge it like releasing an arrow. To discharge internal strength - sink, relax completely and focus in one direction.

 

Wang Tsung Yeuh

→ Translations of writings attributed to Wang Tsung Yeuh

→ Yin and yang constantly transform within each move, without this balance we are double-weighted. Allow the chi to gather in the lower tan tien, from long practise develop jing. Pursue the opponent and move as he moves; know his intention while concealing yours. To be an unequalled fighter results from this.

 

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03 February 2013, 11:04
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