WHY IS TAI CHI IS GREAT FOR HANDLING STRESS?

Art work by shawncoss Why is Tai Chi great for stress in the workplace? Tai chi or Taiji Quan is a martial art, birthed from combat like all traditional Chinese martial arts. And the benefits you reap from its practice can be achieved from practising other related styles such as Bagua Zhang for example. But …

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SECRETS OF CHENG MAN CHING’S TAIJI QUAN

SECRETS OF CHENG MAN CHING’S TAIJI QUAN. Secrets of Cheng Man Ching’s Taiji Quan. Cheng Man Ching’s Taiji Quan  is yang style taiji quan, as he learned taiji quan from Yang Cheng Fu. A brilliant Taiji Quan master in his own right, he refined Yang Cheng Fu long form into a shorter version with fewer …

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“ZHONG DING”: HOW TAIJI QUAN USES THIS CONCEPT FOR HEALTH AND COMBAT

Zhong ding means central equilibrium. And although I had come across the term, from reading books on Taiji Quan or traditional Chinese martial arts. The concept was demonstrated to me by my Shifu. There is a YouTube video of him demonstrating this feat. A couple of students apply pressure to push him over. However, he …

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TAIJI QUAN’S FOUR PRINCIPLES FOR COMBAT EXPLAINED

Taiji Quan’s four principles of peng, lu, ji and an from my current experience through practice, Peng, Lu, Ji and An 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 principles. At first, most …

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TAIJIQUAN: WHAT IS THE SONG OF PENG?

THE SONG OF PENG Practising Taiji Quan and with the little, I know. It seems the more I understand, the more I now see the importance of having a Peng structure. It is not impossible to acquire or understand, but the quality of the peng structure is improved with practice over the years. One of …

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Taiji Quan: What Is Ting Jin? And Why it is Not Intuition?

What is Ting Jin? Ting Jin, is the ability to sense your opponent’s intent or force, allowing you to understand and redirect it. It is a quality a skill that is acquired with the development of your peng structure, through training like Zhan Zhuang for example. It is usually translated in English as, “listening energy”. …

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“Secrets of Taiji Quan”: What is Peng 掤?

What is Peng 掤? With my little understanding and current self-discovery through Taiji Quan training this is what I would say about 掤 peng. Peng 掤 is a quality that physically manifests when one lets go of all the tension inside their body using their intent or mind. Allowing the sinews, tendons, and ligaments to be …

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HOW DO YOU USE THE MIND IN TAIJIQUAN?

HOW DO YOU USE THE MIND IN TAIJIQUAN? I am still a student in learning Taiji Quan, 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 …

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF BRUCE LEE AND YI QUAN

ARTWORK BY @one_millon_colors Most people know or think that Bruce Lee only had one martial arts teacher and that was Yip Man or Ip Man. Although Bruce Lee may have recognised the Wing Chun grandmaster as the man who taught him a lot and formed the core of his martial arts repertoire, Yip Man was …

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THE CONCEPT OF XIN YI IN TAIJI QUAN

The concept of Xin Yi, the two minds, one the “wisdom mind” Yi and the other “monkey mind” Xin is central to most Chinese martial arts. Including the Xin Yi related and family of martial arts who have either both concepts, indicating that it is a fundamental concept of those particularly those Xin Yi styles. …

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