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 10 essences or essentials. Regardless of style, whether Chen, Sun or Wu. The 10 essences have a focus on the fundamentals. The first brick that builds the fortress (the result that is Tai Chi Chuan). In this blog …

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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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HOW DO YOU STRIKE WITH MORE POWER?

Someone on Reddit replied with the following comments to my post, “I don’t see the difference between using the lower body to control the upper body and using the hips to generate power. Aren’t they basically just the same thing?” ALSO ON DEADLYDUELS.COM | DOES TAI CHI BUILD POWER? Using the waist/hips only is not …

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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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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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5 FUNDAMENTAL LEG EXERCISES FOR YOUR TAI CHI

5 FUNDAMENTAL LEG EXERCISES FOR YOUR TAI CHI There are 5 fundamental leg exercises that were taught to me when I started tai chi 7 years ago. Like most things fundamental, most beginners underestimate their importance. With me I was more excited about learning the whole form and when I begin, I would YouTube Cheng …

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WHY TAI CHI MASTER SAY TAI CHI IS FOR “HEALTH”

WHY TAI CHI MASTER SAY TAI CHI IS FOR “HEALTH” Yes, Tai Chi does improve your health, but what brought it to fame was  combat. As far as health is concerned with combat is that the tai chi exponents will gain good health. Good enough health to put up a fight. The tales of Yang …

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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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EAT BITTER AND FIND YOUR STRUGGLE

Eat bitter and find your struggle. Through the taste of defeat and pain, if you press on you will eventually bear fruits. For progress, is like growth pains. To eat bitter-bear hardships, is something central to martial art. Even in Tai Chi/Taiji Quan, to achieve Kung Fu one was go through the pains. Like any other exercise. Do not …

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HOW THE CENTRE LINE IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE & MARTIAL ARTS

How the centre line is important in life & martial arts. Regardless of style, the centreline is not just the imaginary line running down from the top of the head to the bottom. The line runs from the top of your head, from the crown of the head straight down. Inside the bodies centre, from …

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