The real taiji is invisible to the naked eye; wrong things are the easiest to learn

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2011/03/20

The real taiji is invisible to the naked eye; wrong things are the easiest to learn. From a traditional point of view, taijiquan is not about comfort, flow and natural. It is an art that requires the student to practice according to certain rules. In doing so, the student will not be used to the practice at the beginning and will not feel comfortable. Through long time repeat training, the student will start to feel natural. This NATURALNESS is not the normal naturalness. This kind of training is not within the realm of normal human sport training.

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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pingwei April 5, 2011 at 3:18 pm

How true, yet how cruel to 99.9% of people who claim they are doing “real” taiji. (no statistical significance.)


Quintin April 6, 2011 at 12:55 am

I agree, so much so called real Tai Chi is about copying a certain teacher or style of movement. What really counts is doing the basics well then do them better. I have many people/students just want to learn “the form” without learning the key principles.
Keep up the great work
Quintin from New Zealand


marlon wilson April 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

what do you list as the key principles of Chen taijiquan?


Wilkin April 13, 2011 at 8:18 am

There are many posts on principles in the lesson category.


jpranger December 28, 2011 at 8:18 am

This reminds me of two of the concepts that Aristotle means when he uses the words “nature” and “natural”. The first one denotes “brute nature” and would correspond to what we mean in everyday language as “natural”. The second meaning of “nature” and “natural” is more profound and has a normative meaning. In the second meaning, for something to be natural means that it is at the highest stage in its development–it is a perfection to achieve.

In terms of taiji practice, that means that to say that the movement is natural (in the second sense) would not mean that it “feels good” or “easy” but that it is correct.


太极门外转 December 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Practice according to the rules. From awkwardness to naturalness.


Dragon X June 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm

i am sumwhere between awkward and natural. i am one of those who actualli take the time to learn the
principals 1st. the principals and the rules.


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