Category: posture

  • Li Heshen

  • Song of Substance and Function

    1. Taijiquan. Thirteen postures. The marvel lies in the nature of qi; yin and yang. 2. It changes into infinity and returns to the one. Returns to the one, taijiquan. 3. The two primary principles (yin and yang) and four manifestations are without boundary. To ride the wind, the head is suspended at the crown,…

  • Songs of the eight postures

    Attributed to T’an Meng-hsien (as researched by Lee N. Scheele) The Song of Peng What is the meaning of Peng energy? It is like the water supporting a moving boat. First sink the ch’i to the tan-t’ien, then hold the head as if suspended from above. The entire body is filled with springlike energy, opening and closing…

  • The Bridge Power Training Deeper Strength

    The Bridge If you look carefully at the point where the pillars of a bridge bear the structure’s enormous weight, you will often find a small cylinder. This astonishing feature is known as a “bridge bearing.” The purpose of the bearing is to take the weight while giving the entire structure maximum flexibility. Bridge bearings…

  • Bajiquan

    Links: Bajiquan wikipedia.org

  • The Ten Essentials of Taijiquan Theory

    Dictated by Yang Chengfu, recorded by Chen Weiming 1. An intangible and lively energy lifts the crown of the head. This refers to holding the head in vertical alignment, with the spirit threaded to the top of the head. One must not use strength; using strength will stiffen the neck and inhibit the flow of…

  • What is the use of suppleness?

    Q: Tai Chi seeks to be supple but what is the use of suppleness? A: Seeking suppleness enables you to separate your body into pieces. If an opponent pushes against your forearm, your elbow doesn’t move; if against your elbow it moves, but not your shoulder; if against your shoulder it moves, but not your…

  • Analysis of Yin-Yang Structure of the Internal Energy in Taijiquan

    Zhu Datong from the promotion text to “Analysis of Yin-Yang Structure of the Internal Energy in Taijiquan DVD Series” (Red.) Eighty-one Forms of the Natural Taijiquan (Internal Energy) There are Eighty-one Forms in the Natural Taijiquan, including three chapters of Internal Energy, Practical Combat, and Health Care. Nine forms in nine sections, a total of…

  • Seigo Okamoto on Aiki in Aikijujutsu Daitoryu Roppokai

    Seigo Okamoto (b. 10 February 1925). B. Yubari City, Hokkaido. First taught by Kodo Horikawa in 1963 in Kitami, Hokkaido. Received 7th dan from Horikawa in 1974. Okamoto was promoted to shihan by Horikawa in 1978. He separated from the Kodokai to found Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Roppokai after moving to Tokyo in 1977. Okamoto’s art is characterized…

  • Making Three Dantians Linear

    This type of qigong has been passed on by a Taoist priest by the name of Wang Zhenyi. While practising this type of qigong you should concentrate your attention on making the upper, middle and lower dantians linear. When you have made your three dantians linear, you will attain a very special and comfortable feeling…

  • Wang Hao Da’s Message

    Correct central equilibrium {Zhong Ding} is the basis for everything else in Taijiquan. One must focus with their complete intention {Yi} to differentiate, that which is external and separate from one’s center. The center is the key; it must remain straight and hidden, concentrated, deep inside the body constantly changing, spiraling into the earth for…

  • The Secret Method of Release

    The Four Characters: Support, Lead, Relax, and Release Support the opponent’s power and borrow his force. This involves agility. Lead the opponents power to the front of your body, then begin to store your force. This involves concentration. I relax my force without bending. This involves stillness. I release my force from the waist and…

  • Thirteen Important Points in Taijiquan

    Sink the shoulders and drop the elbows; contain the chest and pull up the back; the qi sinks to dantian; an intangible energy lifts up the crown of the head; loosen the waist and kua; distinguish empty and full; upper and lower follow one another; use mind intent, not strength; inner and outer are united;…

  • The Treatise on T’ai Chi Ch’uan

    Attributed to Wang Tsung-yueh [Wang Zongyue] (18th Century) as researched by Lee N. Scheele T’ai Chi [Supreme Ultimate] comes from Wu Chi [Formless Void] and is the mother of yin and yang. In motion T’ai Chi separates; in stillness yin and yang fuse and return to Wu Chi. It is not excessive or deficient; it…

  • Waves of Movement

    Author: Patrik Kelly (by courtesy of patrickkellytaiji.com) All fluids move in waves. Energy moves through fluids either as a transfer of mass with a stored momentum, or as a wave of elastic displacement that leaves the medium undisturbed once it has passed. Stored momentum gives a more external force and elastic displacement a more internal…