” There is nothing more pliable than water, but when its energy is collected, there is nothing on earth that can withstand its force. The soft overcomes the hard, and the yielding conquers the rigid is known to all but utilized by few.
Taiji Chuan applies the power and philosophy of yielding, non resistance and fluidity.
It’s a classical Chinese exercise for health, self defense and spiritual growth. It appears effortless, calm and is really beautiful, as it emphasizes relaxation, breath control and visual and mental concentration. It also focuses on balanced circular movements.
(Training in Zhong Shan Park Shanghai)
It has great health benefits such as circulation, neuro-muscular function and accelerated healing of many ailments. No other art is more refined in its oneness with the laws of nature.
Progress in Taiji depends not on outer strength but on inner awareness thus stimulating the inner energies of the body. Whereas most western exercises focus on the outer limbs of the body, Taiji is an internal art cultivating the Chi or internal energies.
Taiji’s techniques, mechanics and philosophy follow the ancient Chinese way of the Dao, which is to live and adapt to the ever changing patterns of nature. With in each movement in Taiji is yin and yang-complementary forces of positive and negative; hard and soft, fast and slow, full and empty; therefore in taiji one manifests stillness in motion and motion in stillness.
Life & Death
Integrating body and mind through long factors leads to a deeper and a self understanding awareness of life and nature.
Taiji Chuan, as it has been handed down, is essentially an art of peace “
Courtesy of Leo Ming.
Bibliography/recommended reading: The Inner Structure with Tai Chi by Mantak Chia & Juan Li. Published by Adams & Co.
Simplicity is a sign of maturity. It takes time to get simpler. (Helmut Jahn)