Knowledge : With a receipe you can cook a good meal; with this list of principles, you can guide yourself in learning taiji!|有了菜谱可做饭;有了原理谱能学拳!

We provide a list of taiji principles that are relevant to our learning.

It is not opening/closing but rather coiling/uncoiling and compressing/releasing.

It is not about using no force but using enormous amount of forces to maintain the rigidity of the structure, the integrity of the core and the efficiency of the move.

It is not about balance but balanced forces.

It is not about flexibility but the ability to stretch to produce a split or separation

Cultural and language barriers are just one of the many obstacles in the quest to understand the meaning of Tàijíquán. Students of the Practical Method is fortunate to have Master Chen to guide us in navigating the nuances and mysteries of this art. In 2010, he wrote a Chinese summary of twenty-four important rules in the Practical Method. This summary was subsequently updated in 2012. We have translated this set of rules into English.

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All taiji techniques must be from the 13 postures. All 13 postures must be from the separation of yin and yang. Read more

The purpose of training is to enhance the hardness of the body in every aspect. This is a quality issue.  Read more

Movements are in the bones; rotations are in the joints. All Practical Method movements are straight movements. The system requires rotations. Rotations are achieved in two ways: Read more

The understanding of vertical movements (line) and horizontal movements (line) is vital. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system requires that all movements must be along the vertical line, not the horizontal line.  Read more