The Functions of the hand

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2010/05/05

The hand must have two functions in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method.

  1. Fixer. The hand is used to catch the opponent. In this sense it functions as a hook, rope, or vice. It only needs to apply enough strength to affix the hand on the opponent.
  2. The hand acts as a CV joint to deliver the power from the body. This power can be a push or a pull.

Common mistakes:

  1. The hand moves after contacting the opponent, resulting in inability to affix to opponent.
  2. The hand applies power in an attempt to fight the opponent. This will result in not having enough power. This stops the power from the whole body from going to the opponent.

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.

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