Category: Structure

  • 80 Years Old – Wei ShuRen

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • A Study of Taiji Push-Hands

    By Xiang Kairen People who practice Taijiquan all know that practicing the form is the “body” (ti), practicing push-hands is the “use” (yong). But are body and usage two different affairs? In order to answer this question, we must first clarify what is body: what is usage? Practicing the form, one never departs from the…

  • 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…

  • Spirit – Shen Concentrated

    Having the above four, then you can return to concentrated spirit: if the spirit is concentrated, then it is (continuous and) uninterrupted, and the practice of chi (breath) returns to the shen (spirit). The manifestation of chi moves with agility. (When) the spirit is concentrated, opening and closing occur appropriately, and the differentiation of substantial…

  • Cat Walk Benefits

    by Mei Ying Sheng Translated by Ted W. Knecht Late Grandmaster Yang Cheng Fu described in his book, “The Practice of Taijiquan”, that “the two legs be differentiated into yin and yang, and should raise and lower as if walking like a cat”. In the book entitled, “Essentials of Free Sparring”, Master Wu Yu Xiang…