In our method of Yang style Tai Chi we use forms to utilize the intent to train how the body moves to apply techniques and generate power.
In this respect, we don’t go for showy movements, big movements, sudden jerking movements and so on. For us the objective is to fulfil the requirements of the Tai Chi Classics in form play, power generation, push hands and combat application. Then only we can say we are doing Tai Chi. Anything else is but self deception.
I did this short demo to show how we use certain procedures to get the intention to train a host of essential elements that is listed in the Tai Chi Classics to render the art what it is as defined in the old writings.
As an example, when we play form we must demonstrate :-
Step like a cat,
Move like a mountain;
One part moves, every part moves;
One part stops, every part stops;
Intent and body must be distinguished,
Yet move as one with clear separation
Of substantial and insubstantial
Yin within yang, yang within yin;
Concealing the power within
Like a ceaseless pounding wave
When we can truly express the principles then we can demonstrate how the intent is a critical element in the generation of power in Yang style.
In the clip above I can explaining how to do the Peng Jing of Grandmaster Wei Shuren’s Tai Chi method. The full clip can be viewed at my Facebook page “Learn Tai Chi in Singapore”.