What is Stillness and Motion in Tai Chi?

I did not understand it from the get-go and only from practising would I get a flicker of an epiphany on what stillness and motion was. Later I would realise that I did not completely understand. Bu the initial idea is that the mind is still, while the body moves. However, you use stillness to …

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The 4 CRUCIAL Principles of Tai Chi | Concept of Combat and Health

The 4 CRUCIAL Principles of Tai Chi what are these 4 principles of Tai Chi? Reading this you may think that it is peng, lu, ji and an. And although these 4 principles are crucial as well, it is not what I am referring to. The 4 crucial principles of Tai Chi that I am …

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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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Real Tai Chi = Pain, Sweat and Tears | Cultivating the Mind

Martial Arts is like all endeavours have its challenges and one should not avoid struggle. But humans like most animals are built for the struggle and yet seek comfort. The problem is unlike our ancestors we have an abundance of comfort in comparison to them. 2021, does not have the same struggle as medieval Europe …

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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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Zhàn Zhuāng: A POWERFUL Method for Martial Arts and Health

 Zhàn Zhuāng: A POWERFUL Method for Martial Arts and Health What is Zhàn Zhuāng 站樁? It is the concept of standing in a particular stance and adhering to certain principles. Zhàn Zhuāng is an ancient health practice from China. There was a an integration of these methods in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts with the creation …

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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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