The Three Rings of Tai Chi Online Video Trailer

by Shopmaster on 2010/12/20

Author: Chen ZhongHua   Length: 48 min.   In: English   Year: 2010  Difficulty:3/5  At:Edmonton

1. Beginning. 2. Background information. 3. 3 Rings of taiji. 4. 3-Ring relationships. 5. Applications of the 3 rings. 6. Discussion of the 3 rings. 7. Feel on Master Chen Zhonghua how it works. 8. Experiment with the 3 rings.

The Three Spheres of the Body

a. Hands and feet must stay in the outside circle

b. Elbows, rib, outer rim of waist and shoulders must stay in the middle circle

c. Waist, head, neck, kua, Baihui, and Huiyin must stay in the inside circle.


Note that some of the body parts are shared by different circles. The sharing of these body parts add/give functionality to the body. Normal human behavior acquires functionality through the breaking of the rules (that the body parts must stay inside the designated areas).

Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are embedded in the graph above. This is how it works. A). 1&2. B). 2&3. C). 1&2&3. But never 1&3 or 3&1.

The above numbers system in verbal language is called, “The head cannot reverse to move backward.”

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method trains the body to have full physical functions (like the normal everyday human movements and behavior) through a system that requires the body to stay within the prescribed confines. This process is called “Smeltering” (Xiulian –fi¡∂).

Smeltering restores the body to a state that precedes normal human state. Movements will stay within restrictions and will not harm the body.

The Three Rings of Tai Chi
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frnava February 10, 2011 at 1:00 am

This video is very useful to teach structure and alignment. How ever this is not the 3 rings of tai chi. The 3 rings generate/mobilize power. This structure is “a” way of using that power.


Carlos Hanson July 19, 2011 at 11:09 pm

A great video to add to what I learned at the week long seminar in Edmonton. At the very end, Master Chen summed up a common theme: “Everybody knows how to move. Can you feel you don’t know how to lock?”

Locking parts of the body is one of the great tasks in learning the Practical Method.


Ken August 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I just wanted to express my graditude, thanks for explaining and posting the videos.
I have watched ”3 Rings of Tai Chi” several times and it has greatly improved my Push-hands play.


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