WHAT IS SINKING IN TAI CHI?

I stand to be corrected with my explanations and may correct what I have written soon. On the subject of “sinking” in Tai Chi/ Tàijí quán 太极拳. This basic term refers to letting go off on any tension from the top of the body and allowing it to sink all the way into the ground. …

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Zhong Ding having a Strong Root Helps with Health and Combat

Zhong Ding, having a Strong Root Helps with Health and Combat After a Facebook dialogue with a fellow Tai Chi practitioner and internal martial artist by the name of Ken with regards to a previous post titled: ZHONG DING: HOW TAIJI QUAN USES THIS CONCEPT FOR HEALTH AND COMBAT I decided to revisit this topic. …

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Yang Cheng Fu’s Ten Essences Decoded

YANG CHENG FU’S TEN ESSENCES DECODED Yang Cheng Fu summarised the Tai Chi Chuan classics with his ten essences. The ten essences focus on the fundamentals. In this blog post, I will decode the ten essences. The problem is translation, many books on internal martial arts or martial arts when translated to English do not …

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How do I use SOFTNESS to overcome hardness?

How do I use SOFTNESS to overcome hardness? This last Sunday the 8th of August, I had an epiphany during my tai chi practice with my senior. My Shifu was busy meditating while Jeronimo my Shirxiong and me were busy practising soft touch. Executing and he was correcting me where I was doing mistakes. At …

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What Are the 4 Core Principles of Tai Chi For Combat?

What Are the 4 Core Principles of Tai Chi For Combat? Taiji Quan’s four principles of peng, lu, ji and an from my current experience give you the basis in which to establish your defence and offence. The grasping sparrow’s tail for example in Yang Style, allows you to drill and understand these four cardinal …

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HOW DO YOU USE YOUR MIND IN TAI CHI?

I am still a student in learning Tai Chi, and even if I gain any level of skill, I will remain one until I die. And as I practice my perspective will progress with whatever skill I gain along the way. So, I may revise articles like this in the future. Using the mind and …

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WHAT IS STEP ROOTING IN TAI CHI?

What is step rooting in Tai Chi? On the internet, you will find fantastic videos of martial arts exponents who are tai chi practitioners or exponents of other martial arts, maintain their balance as they are pushed by one or multiple people. These demonstrations to the layman sometimes look like magic. However, upon observation from …

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WHY DO YOU “SINK” IN TAI CHI?

WHY DO YOU “SINK” IN TAI CHI? The sinking in Tai Chi as written about many times here in deadlyduels.com, simply the letting of tension held by the upper body to the ground. Allowing for the sinews to become flexible, so that the blood can better flow throughout the body or the qi (pronounced “chee”) …

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DOES TAI CHI BUILD POWER?

Yes, Tai Chi and all styles of gōngfu 功夫 styles, have exercises and methods to train and refine one’s explosive power. Through discipline and hard work, one is becoming more explosive. A term used to describe this explosiveness in traditional Chinese martial arts is fājìn, 發勁. There are various ways to fājìn or release power, …

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VASODILATION A HEALTH BENEFIT OF TAI CHI EXPLAINED

Vasodilation a health benefit of tai chi explained. Tai Chi/ Taiji Quan is a martial art that has been unfortunately bastardised in the West. It has been reduced to simple movements for “health.” Focusing only on the form, many people think the slow form is all tai chi is about. They forget like all martial arts there are the …

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