Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Yilu Corrections


A good video on Master Chen correcting other students' Yilu early moves.

6 Sealings and 4 Closings


What is Taiji?

Taiji is a form of Chinese martial art, and is not just a form of exercise like aerobics. It is, however, very different from many other types of martial arts, such as Karate, Taikwando, Judo, Shaolin Kung-fu, Boxing. It's power is not generated from muscle strength, but rather it's based on internal joint alignment, rotation to create various speed, length, width, angle, leverage against the opponent. It is generally perceived to be slow, but in reality, that is just one way that it is practiced, so that one can focus on training the precise body alignment. In application, it is most definitely fast.
The widely known health benefits of Taiji are really just by-products, while the main purpose of Taiji is for combat. Any exercise that one performs every day will bring health benefits like better blood circulation and faster metabolism.
Taiji training is not about breaking wood boards or bricks, it is about efficiently beating the opponent, and defending oneself.
If you are interested in finding out more about Taiji, go to http://practicalmethod.com.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Taijiquan and Bajiquan

When I practice Yilu at the office gym studio, every now and then, I will run into another colleague practicing bajiquan at the same time. I didn't know what bajiquan was, and coincidentally Master Chen posted a video from a bajiquan master not so long ago. It has always been interesting to me having two guys practicing different martial arts in the same room side by side. Today, even more interesting, he actually had an appointment with the taiji instructor, who teaches hunyuan taiji at the office. He is also the teacher, from whom I first learned taiji. Next time, when I run into him, I am sure I'll have a very interesting conversation.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Introducing a colleague to Taiji

Today, I introduced a colleague, Dominic So, to Taiji at the gym studio at the office. We did positive circle, negative circle, and the first move of Yilu. He was interested, and we would continue next Monday. Hopefully, we would turn this into a more regular practice routine.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010