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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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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SILK REELING: THE POWER OF TAIJIQUAN

ARTWORK BY KRENX SILK REELING: THE POWER OF TAIJIQUAN  When you focus on the underlying principle, all Taiji Quan Gong Fu is the same. The differences that people speak of is based on preferences of applications or training drills. Ultimately, these differences are superficial, Taijiquan is taijiquan. Available on Amazon Kindle: Tai Chi Secrets of …

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EATING BITTER | TAIJI QUAN ALSO HAS PAIN

EATING BITTER | TAIJI QUAN ALSO HAS PAIN One of the things you learn practising taijiquan is that like all traditional Chinese martial arts, it requires hard work. If you are fortunate enough to be taught by a teacher who knows this martial art, you understand that it is not just slow movements. And just …

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TAIJI 太極 QUAN: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS

TAIJI 太極 QUAN: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS Humans forget and effective ways are lost. This has happened with traditional Chinese martial arts. What made Taiji Quan popular was its effectiveness in combat. The health aspects and the benefits that arise from its practice are side effects of practising it, but not its reason for being. When one …

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THE MARTIAL ARTIST VS THE HEALER

Art work by 1509Julii THE MARTIAL ARTIST VS THE HEALER The Thomas Cleary version of the Art of War by Sun Tzu highlights the Daoist nature of the book. Sun Tzu is writing on how to cure a nation from war.  Like a doctor describing the pre-symptoms and symptoms that lead to war.  It is …

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HITTING WITH THE GROUND

HITTING WITH THE GROUND Pundits describe people that have knock out power as “genetically gifted”. Certain individuals may indeed have an innate physical force that brings devastation to their opponent when they kick or punch. These individuals have raw strength. On raw strength, one could argue or mention deterministic factors like genetics. Nonetheless, it has …

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TAIJI 太極 AND MARTIAL ARTS

The Taiji symbol in many eastern martial arts is the evidence of the Chinese influence in the Far East. Taiji is a central theme in Daoism, it can be seen in many martial arts and is even seen in the South Korean national flag. Goju Ruy, a karate style from Okinawa, the home of karate, …

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