Slow and Fast

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2011/01/21

“In the form it is slow but in usage it is much faster.”

This is totally erroneous! One of the most important aspect of taiji is that it is used just the way it is learned and practiced. If you train slowly in the form, you must use it slowly in application. Otherwise, you are making it up along the way. The purpose of any training is to get yourself ready for similar combat or self-defense situations. You never train “this” but do “that”.

But then why are some taiji moves slow? It is complicated to explain in words here but in a nutshell, the slowness is only an illusion that the average viewer gets. In reality the seemingly slow movements are not slow at all. This is the secret of taiji as martial art. Taiji used many skills, techniques, qualities, structures, dimensions, etc. to accomplish a job. For those who live in a single dimension (only this three-dimension) world, these movements will only appear to be slow.

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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