Old Six Routines (22-Form)

This is a clip showing Grandmaster Wei Shuren demonstrating his arrangement of the 22 posture form. This was filmed in Sydney, Australia.

Grandmaster Wei created a shorter version of the original 89 posture form so that beginners can practice it a few more times within the time constraint that modern practitioners face in their daily lives. This is because a proper practice of the 89 posture form would take up as much as 2 hours per practice session.

Grandmaster Wei’s point of view as related by my teacher was that it did not matter whether one is learning the shorter or longer form. Instead, what matters to mastery is one’s ability to absorb and utilize the essence.

Sometimes readers don’t understand what I mean by a good performance of a form. So I am going to use this gentleman’s performance for the purpose of comparison.

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I am not going to analyze it but I think its obvious when I say that he has not gotten the part of use intent to move correctly. If you compare it to Grandmaster Wei’s performance the defects in this gentleman’s rendition of the form are obvious. I am not dissing him, merely pointing out for those who are interested.

The only thing I like about this clip is that the key points for performing the form is displayed in Chinese for each of the postures for those who know how to read Chinese.

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Video of Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei

I have posted a video of Grandmaster Nip Chee Fei to the Videos page.

For those who didn’t noticed the addition of a Videos page to this blog’s folder I am also posting the video here.

I have yet to come across anyone posting a video of Grandmaster Nip on the internet so I thought I would put a short extract here. In the video that I have Grandmaster Nip demonstrated the entire form plus a straight sword form.

This is a much older Grandmaster Nip than the one in the picture below :-

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Perhaps one day I will post the entire clip.

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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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