Tai Chi Form Practice

In Tai Chi when we practice a form we must avoid waving hands about for the sake of it. To do so means that our form is nothing more than an exercise devoid of the essential principles. This would violate the requirements of “techniques must contain art (skill); art (skill) expressed through techniques” as written by Grandmaster Wei Shuren.

Below is an extract of the Yang Chengfu variation of Yang style form as demonstrated by my 4-year student, Gregory. I took the video to act as a reference to benchmark his future progress against.

To give you an idea of what Gregory is doing I have annotated the video. Take note that this is just a cursory explanation due to time constraint. For example “In Press release power like bouncing coin off a drum” (0:37 mark in video) does not explain in-depth the following :-

i) Control of space and line

ii) Angling for strategic position

iii) Root, connect and manifest the forces of Split / Pluck

iv) Moving the 3-Points, compress using Shoulder force

v) Sink, undulate and whip

For more information you can refer to pages 149, 151, 160, 283 – 286 in TaijiKinesis Vol 2.

I want you to take note of the lightness in footwork whilst retaining a stable mobile base, the precision in moving between postures, the alignment of the body, the proper use of legs-hip-waist in moving, the concentration and awareness involved whilst playing the form, etc.

There is still a lot of room for improvement, however, this is the minimal standard that must be attained if one wants to Master Tai Chi Today the ability to utilize the generation of force using intention.

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