" Look for it, it cannot be seen. It is called the distant. Listen for it, it cannot be heard. It is called the rare. Reach for it, it cannot be gotten. It is called the subtle. These three ultimately cannot be fathomed. Therefore they join to become one. " people often ask about getting … Continue reading IT
Often we talk about moving ones mass or anthers mass, instead of their weight. I use the word mass in order to help make it clear that we do not want to disrupt the others connection to the earth, nor do want to use our own in direct sense. "Your mass is the same wherever … Continue reading mass
Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises A very good book written by a well known taiji master. Cheng Man Ch'ing Strength and Physics page 44 A chapter that one will read, and read again as time goes on and ones skill deepens. One the most important concepts it covers The sphere. With out being able to form … Continue reading Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises,
Training focus: 1. condition the body to be able to fan song, and move in accordance with the minds direction 2. be able to feel this intention throughout the body, understanding the meaning of empty and full, open and close. 3. be able to feel others empty and fullness, joining with it so that with 4oz … Continue reading Training focus
As is often said of someones arms or body who practices taiji meaning they are soft but there is a hardness with it,.This would be at odds with the training and ideas one will be working with this taiji style. The way it's expressed on this style, the needle (mind) in cotton (body) the practice … Continue reading Needle in cotten
A Zen story describes three men observing a flag fluttering in the breeze: One man says, "The wind is moving the flag." The second man says, "No, the flag is moving the wind." The third man says, "You are both wrong; it is your mind that is moving."
The 24 step form "The form was the result of an effort by the Chinese Sports Committee, which, in 1956, brought together four t'ai chi teachers - Chu Guiting, Cai Longyun, Fu Zhongwen, and Zhang Yu - to create a simplified form of t'ai chi as exercise for the masses." The 24 step is used … Continue reading 24 step form
Leonardo's drawing combines a careful reading of the ancient text with his own observation of actual human bodies. "Form does not differ from Emptiness 般若波羅蜜多心經註述 知定註述 And Emptiness does not differ from Form. Form is Emptiness and Emptiness is Form." The empty space shown by the circle. Field of awareness or qi field that surrounds … Continue reading Form does not differ from Emptiness Emptiness does not differ from Form.
I once asked Master Zhang, “ what are differences between taiji styles?” He said “ The names of the taiji styles come from famous family members who where historical taiji teachers. Yang, Wu, and Sun, or places where taiji was developed Chen village, Guang Ping village. When you understand taiji you can call what you … Continue reading Differences between taiji styles
"After many years of practice you will know" Professor Ken Wen Chi, "亓冠文" Said in answer to a question born out of frustration. The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you … Continue reading Ken Wen Chi