Knowledge : Taiji FAQ

Hi guys, after the workshop with Chen Zhonghua in Berlin – which was fantastic – I`m planning my training schedule. A minimum to do every – EVERY – day! Read more

Originally published in 2007

We are masters of tools and in return, tools also control us. Through years of teaching in North America, I came to the conclusion that weapons and device training must be started at the begining, not at the end. Read more

Xu (1)虚: Empty.
Shi (2) 实: Solid.

One is empty while the other one must be solid. Taijiquan is the art of Empty rooted in the Solid and vice versa.

Empty and Solid must be equal. Use the feet as an example. One cannot stand on one foot and then the other. One must be on both feet at all times. But one foot is used to work while the other is used to support.

This is the overall way of action in Taijiquan.

Taijiquan practice requires that the body must possess five bows in order to have power. There are different versions of what the five bows are. In the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system the five bows are defined as:

  1. Hand to Hand.
  2. Foot to foot.
  3. Hand to foot (set one).
  4. Foot to hand (set two).
  5. Torso.