Tai Chi Principles

Professor Ji Jian-Cheng – Zhejiang University, China If you want to master Tai Chi Chuan, you first need to understand ‘Wuji’ (emptiness, formlessness). And, to really comprehend the inner meaning of Tai Chi, you also have to be aware of its philosophy and principles, and practice according to them. Then, after a long period of Read More

Notes on Taiji Practice

by Dong YingJie Following are some miscellaneous notes from Dong YingJie (Wade: T’ung Ying-chieh, who was, along with Fu ZhongWen, one of Yang Chengfu’s two top disciples) on Taiji practice that were posted to the neijia mailing list in October 1999. Talking about Taijiquan in lieu of practicing apparently is not restricted to the state Read More

The Quintessence of Wu (Yuxiang) Style Taijiquan

by Master Liu Jishun Wu style Taijiquan has a set of strict requirements regarding its practice. From the external to the internal, each requirement is clearly stated. The first stage is the practice of external forms starting from the basics. This stage can be further classified into two phases. 1. The movement of the posture, Read More

Chen Wei-Ming on Calm

The mind should be calm. If it is not, one cannot concentrate, and when the arm is raised, (whether) forward or backward or back, left or right, it is completely without certain direction. Therefore it is necessary to maintain a calm mind. In beginning to move, you cannot control (it) by your self. The entire Read More