Thursday, January 14, 2010

There is no shortcut for Taiji

"Through guidance of a qualified teacher and by actually practicing and eventually being able to apply them is when you understand them. Not by merely seeing the moves, reading of the moves and principles, or debating about the principles. Practice hard for many years under the proper teacher’s guidance."

Even with a great teacher, there is no short cut to attain great Taiji skills.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Practical Method YouTube Channel

This site has some very good videos.

Shou Ji Shi Fang/ Withdraw is to issue:

This video clearly explains what no movement means for the hand when doing the lower half of the positive circle.

The two circles of Taiji

Basic rules of Taiji

This serves as a good reminder of what the rules are.


Daqingshan is a taiji training centre created by Master Chen Zhonghua. It looks like a very tranquil place. "Learning taiji in the clouds" is the feeling I get looking at those pictures. It adds to the mysterious power of taiji.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Chen Zhonghua

This is a very good introduction of my Taiji master: Chen Zhonghua.

He teaches in the very same way that he was taught. Every concept he talks about seems simple (I may be naive here), yet is extremely difficult to do it correctly.


My master told me that there are 18 "balls" in the body that one can rotate. The "balls" are actually joints, and the number of joints also matches the number of meridians. I don't know the location of these joints, so I looked up what meridians are, and found this link to be a good read:

I felt that the material described in the above link was relevant to Taiji, which was a practical way to improve Chi in our bodies. However, it was a by-product of practising Taiji, which main purpose was to fight.

Maps of Meridians:

What meridians are as found in more recent western studies: