Yesterday I wrote about Large Chi Sphere. Today I will write about Small Chi Sphere.
If you have read TaijiKinesis Vol 2 : Learning the Taijiquan Form you will find under 5.6.1 Palm on page 46 a beginner’s introduction to this topic.
In some Tai Chi styles / schools you may be required to be a disciple or be willing to cough up the big bucks to learn about such secret principles. However, I teach this from Day 1 because it is part and parcel of what makes Yang style works.
Mind you, knowing about a principle and being able to make it work are two different things. You need a lot of practice to assimilate the Small Chi Sphere principle into your movements.
Beginners tend to keep losing the sphere in the early years of their practice. This is expected. You just have to keep at it until you get it.
To keep the learning simple we just have to keep plugging away at three steps, day in, day out, until it sticks. This means that everytime you use a palm in the long form you must abide by the following :-
i) Step 1 – round the tiger mouth
ii) Step 2 – round the Palmar region to activate the Laogong (劳宫) acupuncture point
iii) Step 3 – round the fingers’s structure
Holding a palm this way when playing the form can intensify the power of your strikes and I’m not just referring to palm strikes here.
This is particularly when students undertake the learning of the Kai-He form because by this stage they would have spent a lot of time cultivating the Small Chi Sphere palm structure.
The Small Chi Sphere is part of a process of training power generation in Tai Chi. It is not the only process but it is one method that can pay dividends if you take the time to cultivate it.