Tai Chi Philosophy and Energy
Tai Chi circulates energy in your body and heals through increasing the healing life force; Qi (Chi). Tai Chi movements and Qigong, unblock the energy flow through body energy channels (meridians), as does Acupuncture. Smooth flowing Qi (life force, electrical like energy), good energy replaces stagnant energy that causes sickness.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, weak Qi causes weak body function and therefore illness. Health is dependant upon strong and smooth flowing chi energy . When the cell's own repair mechanisms are able to function with the availability of this energy, healing begins.
The healing of Tai Chi is highlighted in areas where modern medicine has yet to discover effective treatments for: cancer, arthritis, diabetes, neuromuscular diseases, chronic degenerative diseases, and chronic auto-immune diseases. Healing is complimented by other non-prescription therapies, such as diet and herbs.
Qi circulation improves blood and lymph circulation, so it effectively strengthens your immune system. This strengthening, will help in slowing down the effects of cancer, and aid in recovery.
Tai Chi Forms and Qigong
Continuous and returning fist; Yang style; short (5 move) and long forms (101 moves). Qi Gong (Chi Kung), and push hands basics. Health, internal strength, calm spirit, and a sure technique for self defense.
Moving and standing forms of Embrace the Moon (Standing Pole, Hold the Ball, Hug the Tree), as well as Prayer Hands Qigong for feeling Qi yourself. Moving Qigong forms help you adjust your own Qi by seeing immediate reslts in balance and power, by testing it.
Shortest Form in the World
Five Move Old Super Short (OSS) Form
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Pay special attention in the above video link; to the use of the ground, that is accented by the rooting stance in the construction gravel.
This Old Super Short Form, shows the energy between the moves. Tai Chi OSS can be done blindfolded, on mountain tops, in waist-deep water and even at 30,000 feet in the restroom of a plane.
All of the moves are Traditional Chinese Internal Martial Arts (TCIM).
This form transcends style, and be done in long or short movements; fast or slow. I learned this form in the early 1970s, and it was taught by a number of unaffaliated schools.
Directions for the Tai Chi OSS Form
(only 5 moves)
To continue; repeat steps 2-8,
for 3 more times,to end up where you started.
Do four repetitions in the opposite direction.
Tai Chi step by step instruction, with detailed photos in the book
QI and TRAINING: MEAT / MUSCLE
'(If) the Qi cannot be manifested in the ending of the meat, then there is quantity of Qi to fill up'
Translated as "Muscles are like a storage bag for Meat",
page 222-223, Xingyiquan, Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit, by Liang, Shou-Yu & Dr. Yang, Zwing-Ming.
Best interpretation and articulation I have seen yet, that is in written form.
Some will take this to mean that they should accent their training differently. Views differ whether to literally equate meat with muscles or take the literal meaning of what was stated with the term meat.
The natural movements of Tai Chi are based on the movements of animals; such as the white crane, eagle, tiger and monkey. Tai Chi helps to cure and prevent arthritis, and has may other health benefits. For more information see Tai Chi Health Benefits
Is you Tai Chi Effective?
Some will look at the those who are impressively dressed in old style Chinese clothing, or those parading in monks garb. Ususally these are models, gymnists and advertisers who specialis in advertising and creating an atmosophere geared to selling and hype. This is judging a book by its cover. These are salesman that specialize in looking like a Tai Chi Master, not being one.
Seeing someone that is well built with muscles, and a thin waist, is not necessarily good at Tai Chi, since Tai Chi does not rely on muscular strength, rather they fill the muscles and limbs with Qi. Watch for those who tense their muscles, they are not doing Tai Chi.
Others will look at those who push hands the best. This can be misleading, since many will rely on weight and musclular strength. These are things that a wrestler or football linebacker would be good at. Push hands are contrived and limitted to showey rules, that do not have much to do with the explosive power of Tai Chi, Fa Jing. This bending of a telephone pole is a good example of Fa Jing, since it does not break the pole, it bows it in the middle.
Click here for an internal Iron Palm strike to a telephone pole, that is bowed by the force of the strike.
Another good test is to break a brick, in the middle of a stack, witout any spacers.
Many will tense their muscles or throw their weight around, to acheive a victory. A Tai Chi Master does not, he uses a minimum of effort to throw someone off balance, or cary them away. Many time, Tai Chi will use the opponent's own force and momentum, against him. Push hands was not meant to be competitive, but as something that teaches the two that are practicing; about themselves. There is much that is felt, but not seen.
Just becasue the moves look or feel good, it is not an indication that they are effective. Many will practice for years, and find themselves injured from practicing the wrong way, having back problems, lacking balance and getting beat up.
An easy way of testing is use the Unbendable Arm exercise. For Unbendable Arm test of Qi
A passive way of checking your moves, or deciding who to study with, is to look at a video of them practicing. If they have the energy, they will show a reddening of their hands for a brief period, of from 1/5th to 1/60th of a second.
Click here for learning how to spot the Qi reddening in person, and in viewing videos
There are many more objective martial tests in my book such as using a phone book to strike at. See some of these at Objective Martial Tests
Classical Tai Chi.
The health studies base their statistics of improving arthritis on the original Tai Chi which is hundreds of years old. Those parading their own special version of Tai Chi, do so for hussling unsuspecting newcomers and those that are gullible, since they have no contact with Chinese or those who practice the true Tai Chi.
When Tai Chi moves are simplified, they loose the Qi, that is built into the system.
These carpetbaggers are not tru Tai Chi Masters or Sifus, they wil use the terms like doctor, or director. They have more training in marketing and management, than they do in the Tai Chi they allegedly know. Mimicking Tai Chi moves to cure arthritis, is no more than dance. Learn to do practice the original Classical Tai Chi Chuan, with Qi in the book
Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout,
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Different focuses on muscle/meat training
Train the Qi flow to strengthen the muscles for Li;
Train muscles to increase the flow of Qi, so the body can hold more Qi, and increase it's capacity for a higher flow rate.
I favor the original text, not further processed, and taken literally.
'Xin combines with Yi, Yi combines with Qi, and Qi combines with Li are the three internal combinations'
Learn more about what Qi is, and how it releates to your energy, mind and health at:
What is Qi?
The author's processed interpretation states; "Once your Qi and Yi combine and the Qi can be led effectively to energize them, then muscular power (Li) can be raised to a higher level and thus the Qi and the Li are combined."
Perhaps this targeted result: 1) is only a means for the overall result of the Li and Qi combining, or 2) perhaps this means the main reason is to raise muscular power, for the sake of itself.
Xingyiquan, Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit, by Liang, Shou-Yu & Dr. Yang, Zwing-Ming, pages 230-231.
Tai Chi schools and hard internal force
A sword is usually thought of as being a hard style weapon. This is not necessarily so as in the
Tai Chi 32 Move Sword Form, click here
Chen Style Tai Chi
1) Many of the Chen style, have some practitioners that will tense their muscles routinely throughout their form;
2) Some of the different 'Old Style' Yang Tai Chi schools will employ a jerk occassionaly that is either:
Tai Chi step by step instruction, with detailed photos, Qi and Qigong in the book
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TAI CHI INTERNALS
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Martial Tai Chi Set, 5 move shortest form in the world. Practiced slowly. To see video, click on link below.
The 5 Move Martial Tai Chi Set being practiced quickly while an Alaskan Bald Eagle is watching, behind, over the cliff. He is at about waist level and looks small, due to the distance away. Above is a still picture that is magnified.
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