Taiji Movement Connections 1 Online Video Trailer

by on 2010/11/11

In answering a student question, Master Chen Zhonghua dealt with a higher level skill in Taijiquan practice: connections of body parts and movements.
Author: Chen ZhongHua   Length: 36 min.   In: English   Year: 2010  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton

Taiji Movement Connections 1
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greadore November 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

I really enjoyed this video. The concept of “No Deficiency/No Over-Extension” was very good. I find this is a problem I have. The description of “skating” across the ice (versus digging into or jumping from the ice) finally made sense after watching the video a second time. This is a very good analogy.

Also the concept of “lever” is slowly starting to make sense. I had read about taiji coming from wuji before but couldn’t understand it. The description that Master Chen showed of wuji moving in between Yin and Yang made sense. I realize my concept of Yin and Yang was wrong, it is not necessarily that one is strong and one weak for example, it is that they are opposites. It seems to be about Yin-Yang separation, the positive circle and the Practical Method, I now see, teaches this. Contrary to this, for example, in “tossing”, there is no Yin-Yang separation.

Master Chen, so when doing the final move of the positive circle where the arm rotates and stretches out, there needs to be an opposite sinking and dropping of the left kua and weight into the ground to produce Yin-Yang separation (ie., stretching of the body in both directions along the same line)? In this case would the central axis of the body (huiyin to baihui) be the “wuji” point or area about which the Yin-Yang separation occurs (which is why it is important to keep the head suspended as opposed to just dropping the body) or is it the front kua area?

Thanks!

Chen Zhonghua November 12, 2010 at 10:00 am

In regard to Yin and Yang: in the case of a titer totter. One end is doing this to the other end. One end is up while the other end is down. It is yin and yang. It does not mean that piece of board is broken. It does not mean the board becomes disconnected. It does not mean one end is stronger than the other end.

Chen Zhonghua November 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

In the positive circle (3 counts). 1. come inwards, using the rear kua as pivot. 2. turn left and sink, using true center of spine line as pivot. 3. put outwards, using front kua as pivot. The power arm has to be longer than the weight arm in a lever situation. The above does that. If the front kua does not move, the downward movement of the rear kua (which is one of the move difficult things to do on earth) will produce “Sink down and grind out”, bouncing the opponent.

Kelvin Ho November 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Master Chen,

This description of the 3-count positive circle puts a clearer image in my mind to imitate. Thank you.

Kelvin

Todd Elihu November 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I like the seesaw analogy a lot. The three count description of the positive circle including pivot points is helpful as well.

Thanks,
Todd

Anonymous November 21, 2010 at 2:26 am

This video has many valuable details and reminders. The specific detail shown at the beginning of video I want to keep visually in mind while doing the circle. I really enjoy watching the way Master Chen engaged the students. It’s very real to me as if I was there with them. Thank you!