Shape & Intent

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”.



Musical Intention

CG learning how to use the Play Pipa application to learn about fajing.

As its his first attempt it is only natural that he moved more than necessary. But its a good attempt.

Below is example of how to do the Play Pipa fajing :-

The key point is where to put the intention so that you can minimize the effort and outer movements.


Chair Fajing Training

The thing I love about Tai Chi training is that you don’t always need to use specialized training tools for your training.

In fact, even chairs stacked together can be used. In the first clip my student is trying out a fajing method by using the stacked chairs that a religious group has left in the void deck for their gathering.

It should be straightforward but it is not easy to control what he wanted to do. So another attempt which turned out better before faltering.

This is what I wanted him to do :-

The idea is to pin the opponent’s root so that when you apply pressure he cannot run away. Below is a demo of the result we are aiming for :-

I have challenged my friend Paul to replicate the result on stacked chairs. Let’s see how it turns out for him.



This is a demo of ………… I’ll have to view back the longer clip in our SKD FB learning group to see what topic we were talking about here.

Anyway, the background is that our use of high stances gave Stanley’s Hung Gar buddy the impression that our method is so-so.

So here was an excellent opportunity to let Stanley acquaint himself with one side of the argument. It would be good if he were to go check out his pal’s stance work for comparison.

I would call this method the stance of no-stance. You can see Stanley taking a look at how I was standing as he couldn’t believe it that I wasn’t standing in a low stance, or even in a stance.

I didn’t tell Stanley to cooperate by not pushing hard so that I can look good. I just let him push however he sees fit. You can see how he changed his position towards the end.

This outwardly rootless method is a result of training the bell body method of Grandmaster Wei Shuren. I present a simplified way of doing it in this post here.


Qigong Desuka?

A perennial question I never fail to get is whether we have qigong in our Tai Chi. Yes, we do but it is not the breathe-in, breathe-out type that is commonly practiced.

The clip below gives an idea of why we don’t practice this type of qigong :-

We can practice our power generation without having to use qigong or breathe-out to issue power. We typically issue power whilst talking normally, as if its a normal activity.

We can do this because our power generation is trained using intent. After years of doing it we actualize the old boxing maxim of eyes arrive, hand arrives which means when the mind arrives, power arrives.