– use Deep Mind (Xin) to calm and balance the energy.
2. Suspend the head
– empty the neck, send intention (Yi) to top of head.
3. The gaze is level
– use peripheral vision to be aware of left and right.
4. Loosen and open the chest
– ensure breastbone and upper-spine vertical, supporting the hollow space between them.
5. Sink the shoulders, drop the elbows
– shoulder-blades slide down the back to sink the shoulders, shoulder muscles loosen to droop the elbows.
6. Sacrum central and vertical
– lift the perineum slightly, draw the coccyx down and forward and loosen the lower back.
7. Loosen the waist and inguinal regions (Kua)
– waist controls the upper-body, inguinal regions are the base of the waist.
8. Breathe deeply
– breathe in, ribs expand, diaphragm sinks, abdomen in.
– breathe out, ribs relax, diaphragm rises, abdomen out.
9. Three harmonies, internal and external
– internal: Spirit (Shen) with Intention (Yi), Intention with subtle energy (Qi), subtle energy with body energy (Jing).
– external: shoulders and inguinal regions, elbows and knees, hands and feet.
10. Hands follow the body
– use the trunk to yield and neutralise, the hands to follow to protect the trunk and to prepare to attack.
11. Steps respond to body movements
– change the steps to support body movement.
– hands are like swinging doors; whether you win or loose depends on your steps.
12. Differentiate empty (Yin) and full (Yang)
– meet fullness with emptiness and emptiness with fullness.
13. Smoothness and continuity
– one thing moves, all things move.
– co-ordinate upper-body with lower-body.
– Deep Mind (Xin) and Intention (Yi) determine the speed of the movements.
– use Intention (Yi) to naturally harmonise the breath with the movements.
14. Use Deep Mind Intention (Yi), not insensitive strength
– relax the body, use Deep Mind Intention, then the senses and feelings will be very responsive.
Reference: Relax, Deep Mind Taiji Basics Patrick Kelly 2. ed. New Zealand 2004
Red.: The book is rare to find. Patrik Kelly is a student of the late Master Huang Xingxian a famous student of the renowned Taiji master Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man-Ching).
Master Huang’s 20 Important Points by Wee Kee Jin http://www.taijiquan.co.nz/