During form training, silk reeling or standing meditation, i am really relaxed and try to go deep into myself enjoying the feelings.

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2010/03/29

  1. First of all, in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, we do not use standing meditation.
  2. Secondly, we do not advocate the idea of relaxed. We believe this concept is very deep. It can be achieved through many years of proper training, but it is not part of the training.
  3. The main issue here is “feeling”. Chen Style Taijqiuan is a system that tries to train you to become a machine. Another way of saying this is to train you to get rid of “feelings”. According to Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, unless you get rid of all illusions (feeling is one of them) there will be no real learning. This is not to say illusions are good or bad.
  4. Do not train/work on anything that is not real! This is not to say anything that is not real is not part of taiji. It is part of a different process, not the learning process.

About Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

judah lyons January 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Hmm…no standing meditation. I know its seems like a foolish questions, but I thought stake standing was an integral part of internal arts?


charlie wishon January 21, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Judah. It is. But it is not a part of PM training. To second Master Chen, we have to ignore everything we are feeling or we will never gain control of what we feel. We just follow the principles and do not worry. During internal training if your focus is on what you feel , then you will be consumed by what you feel. The energy is more intelligent than we human beings can fathom. It is beyond our comprehension.
We let nature be nature and change our bodies accordingly


Patrick Dickson January 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

Thank goodness, when I first read the title of this post on the home page, I thought, “Really? Then my understanding must be flawed.” I kept thinking that it made no sense. Then after clicking on the link and reading Master Chen’s comments I was relieved that my understanding was on the mark. What a relief.


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