Function of the waist in tai chi movements Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2010/11/21

In this video, Master Chen Zhonghua explains what the waist is; the functions of the waist and how the waist work in relation to other body parts and in taiji movements.
Author: Chen ZhongHua   Length: 19 min.   In: English   Year: 2010  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton

Function of the waist in tai chi movements
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greadore November 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Excellent video. Explained the problem of too much / excessive waist movement. I have heard it called “noodling”. This is common in most taiji styles. We read of using the waist and “noodling” is the result. This is the first explanation of using the kua to direct the waist that I have heard. Also, the concept of moving more with the kua rather than the waist was new to me but made sense. Very eye opening. Master Chen’s insight is very keen. I am seeing that what is truly taichi is the opposite of what I understood it to be.


Kelvin Ho November 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm


Where are you located? I am sure that you will benefit a lot from Master Chen’s workshop. Besides the full time class at Daqingshan, he has workshops at a number of cities around the world.



greadore November 23, 2010 at 9:22 am


I am in Houston, Texas, USA. Wish I was further north or up in Canada, would love to take some workshops from Master Chen. Would love to be able to “feel” how he moves and generates the power.



pingwei November 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm

FYI: Master Chen will be in Phoenix, AZ, from Jan 31 to Feb 3.
Ping (602-373-3457)


Gene Hess November 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

This is a great video! It shows how the power from the lower body is channeled into the waist and upper body.



RonaldNor June 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

A great and understandable explanation for whole body movement


David M. October 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

A simple, concise explanation of an often easily misunderstood topic. Excellent!


mralyu August 27, 2012 at 4:55 pm


是”胯帶動腰” 還是 “腰帶動胯”?

從 “根在腳,發於腿,主宰於腰,形於手”
我一直以為 是腰做主宰.


nick tangri September 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

Very good video, and very important in the explaining of the practical method. This video connects and touches on many areas of the practical method, including converting vertical to horizontal force, use of the kua, and the switching between them. Very clear, and helpful. Thanks.


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