Thursday, March 25, 2010

Attitude for learning Taiji

I think that the attitude for learning taiji should be that you should always consider yourself wrong. There is really only one correct way, which can never be achieved. In the process of striving to get as close to the correct way as possible, you will see improvement along the way. When compared between 2 people, a higher skilled person is one that is closer to the correct way than the less skilled person, but they are both "wrong" or non-perfect, just to difference degrees. Only in this mindset, one can continuously improve one's taiji skill. If one is being criticized as being "wrong", gladly accept it because that is the truth. Openly discuss the reasons for such comment, and one can always learn something from the experience.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Practice Record

This site provides a central place for Master Chen to see which student is doing what. He hopes that the number repetitions in one's form practice and practice consistency will correlate to one's progress.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Don't move the hand

What does it mean by not moving the hand?

Here is my understanding:

If I would like change the location of the hand relative to my body, e.g. the current location of the right hand is at the level of my belly button, and the destination is at my eye level in front of the right shoulder, how can I achieve that without moving the hand?
  1. Don't move the hand, but I can move any other part of the body to achieve the same result.
  2. Keep the hand at the same coordinates in this three-dimensional space, and sink my body down, which in turn causes my elbow to go from above the hand to below the hand. Then perform the 2nd half of the positive circle.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Taiji and Steel

I just had a piece of thought on Taiji.
Taiji is considered strong, why?
A large plate of steel is also considered strong too (structurely), but it can't hit you by itself.
If you try to punch at it, your knuckle will probably hurt quite a bit.
If someone tries to push onto a Taiji practitioner with a high level of skill, that person should feel having a great force come right back at him. I think that part of the Taiji training is to make me seem like a solid wall, and force directing at me can "bounce" right back at the source.

Thursday, March 4, 2010