24-Blocks

The SKD syllabus is expanding to include a mid-range repertoire of movements which is taught through a simple form. Below is one way to practice this form :-

This form has 24 blocking movements (I am using the term block loosely here) plus 3 attacks. As such, I call it the 24-Blocks form.

The 24-Blocks form is built on my insights, practice and research into the Southern Shaolin arts. The practice is focused on the following skills :-

a) Soft but heavy whole body power using classical power generation principle of Swallow, Spit, Float, Sink

b) Relaxed arms that can yield to pressure yet adhere to detect openings

c) Use of change to control a position

The 24-Blocks form will be offered to students who are in SKD Level 2.

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Facebook Learning Playlists

I’ve been organizing the learning videos on Facebook page “Learn Tai Chi in Singapore” into playlists by Topic and Date.

This will serve three purposes :-

a) Ease of reference for my students to track their own progress and learning

b) They can also check out what other students are learning

c) It will allow me to evaluate their performance and learning

Together we will make progress in passing the art from one generation to the next. This will ensure that the art is passed on as a living art and not an art based on claims of history, lineage and style.

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The Secret

When Sun Lutang was lying on his deathbed his daughter asked him the secret to master his style and was told “Practice”.

Life is unpredictable and I will use today’s technology to leave videos for my students to help accelerate their learning. They should not have to ask me one day what the secret is when I am waiting for the Grim Reaper. If my students still have to ask me then I would have been a selfish teacher and unworthy to be their guide.

A living art involves 1-to-1 transmission. This means not just telling you what to do but guide you by teaching and providing the feeling.

Some parts of what we do will not be on video for various reasons. These are the parts the student must remember in his mind.

For example, at the end of today’s 9 videos on learning how to apply Wild Horse Parts Mane we have an additional teaching to amplify and broaden what was learned in the videos.

What I teach in these parts of the lesson is unique to the student. Of course, I hope that everyone will get exactly the same information but this is not possible since no one is exactly the same.

However, everyone learns the same principles and most of the techniques. When students view the videos they will know this is the truth. This is the least I can do in terms of transmitting the art if we are fated to have a relationship.

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New Videos

The upgraded iOS 12 seems to have lost the ability to post video from Photo to Youtube directly.

So for now I am posting new videos directly to my FB page “Learn Tai Chi in Singapore“.

I will still post to Youtube but it will be slower as I will download the videos directly to PC before uploading to Youtube.

OTA is slow even for shorter videos but its a trade-off between spending time to trim videos into upload manageable lengths or keep their length but spend more time on uploading. Technology, blah………..

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Single Whip Learning

Learning Tai Chi is fun. As for practice…….. yeah, it can be a bitch.

Here’s CG trying to implement what he learned about the 5 bows in Single Whip. He is working on one of the bows.

Looks kinda difficult to learn, right?

Difficult to learn, yes, but not impossible to master. Just gotta work on them details.

Below is my demo :-

Once you understand the 5 bows you can use the bows more flexibly. Below are some example :-

This example uses the bow of the striking hand to generate. Since the technique here is Push which uses two arms, we can then apply the lesson learned from the hook hand as well.

The video below shows the learning of the striking arm bow :-

When learning fajing do not overlook other important points because ultimately opponent is not going to stand there and take it. He will fight back. He will try to hit you.

So you better learn the technique side of Single Whip as well and not just become fixated with the fajing.

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Rubber Power

The ability to visualize and feel is important to learn how to use Tai Chi as an internal art as shown below :-

Imagination without a sense of qualia, of feeling of what is in the mind as real is the secret here. The use of an imaginary rubber band is incidental and a convenient reference tool.

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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.

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