Knowledge : Sometimes one word can enlighten you!

Quotations from masters. Short lessons with a lot of real power.

Lever

November 1, 2010

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” – Archimedes

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Movement and Action

October 14, 2010

Movement: move that does not cause your opponent to feel the impact. Action: movement that causes the opponent to feel the impact. Overall method should be: movement to get in (squeeze) and then action (one of the eight techniques). All moves in taiji are repeatations of this: movement, action, movement, action, … When you move, [...]

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Physical transmission

October 11, 2010

When there is willingness and readiness, transmission is done with words and the body.

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New buzz words in China

September 6, 2010

New buzz words in China compared to the old terms: Meeting-Panel

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There is only one, no two

August 30, 2010

Master Xu Guicheng recalls that Grandmaster Hong Junsheng did not like the saying “Entice into emptiness” as it denotes two actions. He preferred “Withdraw is to issue.”

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any similarities between Taijiquan and other martial arts are superficial

August 28, 2010

Master Chen has stated that any similarities between Taijiquan and other martial arts are  superficial. To be unaware of this point is to risk wandering off-course on the Taiji path.

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Withdraw is to issue

February 11, 2010

“Withdraw is to issue” is an important concept in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. It is also a measurement of level of skill in this style. Here Master Chen explains a technical aspect of this skill.

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"Forget your perfect offering/There are cracks in everything/That’s how the light gets in" -Leonard

May 19, 2009

“Forget your perfect offering/There are cracks in everything/That’s how the light gets in” -Leonard Cohen

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You wiggle until…

July 22, 2008

When I asked Master Wang Haizhou of the Zhaobao Village what Bei Si Kou is, he said, You throw a silk (like a spider’s web) net on him. He will struggle until he cannot move any more. Then it is your time to do something.

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No Momentum, please!

April 18, 2008

Taiji uses a type of energy generated through spiral movements. This energy is constantly powered. Momentum is a great energy source that is abundant in everyday life. Many other martial art forms use this energy. Taiji does not.

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To Train or to Nurture?

April 10, 2008

Lian : 炼

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Zheng Manqing: Swim on land!

March 24, 2008

Originally written by: Zhang Zhaoping On the chapter on Taijiquan being agile and connected, Zhang Zhaoping quoted Zheng Manqing as saying that it is like “Swimming on land.” -Zhang Zhaoping. On Taijiquan. p. 25. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang said taijiquan is like “Swimming in the air.” -Chen Zhonghua

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Zhang Zhaoping on Slow

March 24, 2008

Originally written by: Zhang Zhaoping “Internal skill” is achieved within slow actions. “Effective result” must be enhanced in slow training. -Zhang Zhaoping. On Taijiquan. p. 23.

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Nurturing the Heart

March 24, 2008

“Why do we require that the eyes follow the index finger? I.E. wherever the index finger goes, the eyes go. Simply put, this is the nurturing of the heart. -Zhang Zhaoping, On Taijiquan. p. 20.

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Liu Xiheng on Zhong Ding

March 24, 2008

“Zhogn Ding, to put it simply, is the placement of the center of gravity. It is also the kungfu of Sinking the Qi to the Dantian. This placement of the center of gravity of the Dantian, is eternally not easy. It is not gain or lost at an instant.” -Liu Xiheng. On Taijiquan. p. 17.

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Zheng Manqing on Zhong Ding

March 24, 2008

“Center of gravity is the Zhong Ding of Taijiquan” -Zheng Manqing, On Taijiquan. p. 17.

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Win Or Lose

March 24, 2008

Yang Chengpu said, “When dealing with an opponent, there are only two possible outcomes: win or lose”. -On Taijiquan p. 15.

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The Shape Cannot Change

March 23, 2008

“One mother gives birth to nine children. The nine children have nine different hearts” p. 187, On Taijiquan; Lun Taijiquan, by Zhang Zhaoping and Du Feihu Comments: This quote was used in this book to reinforce the commonly held idea that “the outer appearances or forms can change but not the principles behind them”. In [...]

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Tian Qiuxin on connections

March 17, 2008

Tian Qiu Xin used to recite the following verses: Since the beginning movement the spiral rises, and the force comes from the feet. One after the other it passes through all joints, therefore all the body being a unity. The belly is like the sea, and the form like the tide. When changing the movement, [...]

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Elbow to the Ribs

March 3, 2008

Elbow Sticks to the Ribs “Elbow Sticks to the Ribs” is a principle that is shared by all martial arts, not only Taijiquan. It’s a pity that most martial artists only pay lip service to this age-old aphorism. This is indeed a secret training method to higher levels of martial attainment. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical [...]

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Speed in Taiji

February 25, 2008

Hong’s form of taiji has no ‘rehearsal movements’ or pre-movements, its just the useful stuff. Don’t load your taiji with rehearsal movements and unimportant movements.

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Six Harmonies

January 29, 2008

Internal harmonies: Heart and Intent; Intent and qi: qi and force. External harmonies: Hand and foot; elbow and knee; shoulder and kua.

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The Dao has no shape

January 29, 2008

The Dao has no shape. Everybody lives it without knowing it. 大道无形。人在道中却不知。

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Qi and gong

January 29, 2008

strong will beat weak Big will beat small Technique will beat force Gong will beat technique Qi will beat gong Intent will beat Qi

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One inch long; one inch strong

January 29, 2008

Longer will in the end beat the shorter. Length can be equated to strength.

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Life without a trace

December 31, 2007

Good deeds leave no traces behind; Good advice contains no blame;and Righteous calculations come without thought.

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Jiao Bi Shou Kuai

December 28, 2007

The Foot is Faster Than the Hand. —Hong Junsheng Many people regard Taijiquan as a slow, gentle and soft art. The orginal principle, however, points to a different and more reasonable direction. “The two hands are just two doors. The fight is done by the feet”—martial adage. “The hand is there but not the foot. [...]

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Taiji and Daily Living

November 15, 2007

All movements in Taijiquan are extracted from daily life. If you don’t understand the interchanges of shun and ni, you don’t understand Taijiquan. You don’t understand life either. —Hong Junsheng

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Open and Close

November 15, 2007

Open: shun Close: ni Shun: the arms move towards own body. Ni: the arms move away from own body.

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Chanfa

November 15, 2007

“Taijiquan is the method of Chanfa…” If this is not understood, there will be no undersanding of Taijiquan.” —Chen Xin, 16 generation Chen Taiji Grandmaster Chanfa literally means twining method.

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Follow the Rules

November 14, 2007

“When you follow the rules to the extreme, every unintentional action becomes part of the form!” —Hong Junsheng

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Where SHOULD the shoulder be?

November 1, 2007

Thursday, 15 November 2007 The shoulder cannot move sideways on its own. It can move downwards and rotate on its seat.  It must always staying right on top of the kua.

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Wu Xing (5 Positions)

November 1, 2007

The five positions of Taijiquan are: Advance, Retreat, Look, Gaze and Central Equilibrium. 1. Advance: move forward. 2. Retreat: step backwards. 3. Look: size up the opponent. 4. Gaze: examine the oppnent. 5. Central Equilibrium: keep the balance and not fall down.

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Code of conduct for life

December 20, 1988

No worries in front of poverty No fear faced with danger No imploring in front of authority Without guilt in life

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Ten: Reserve

June 8, 1988

Reserve To excessively expose the spirit is another error that must be re- solved. To accomplish this, one must also be reserved.

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