Suspended Head or Chicken Head?

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2011/09/20


Believe it or not, this is from a Chinese twitter post. I often talk about actions in Taiji that are similar to this.

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.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Johnson February 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm

This is awesome. A picture paints a thousand words.


David Carr February 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I love it. I’m sure I’m missing something though – please forgive my ignorance. But how does this relate to our art?

David Carr


studentofmethod February 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

It seems Master Chicken is displaying very prominent yin yang separation; making the head the fixed point as the rest of the body is able to move freely.

Master Chen always patiently reminds his students that one part of the body cannot move, while the other parts stretch against that non-moving body part.

*i am not a student of Master Chen’s so this is just a beginner’s guess


Chen Zhonghua February 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Also making the hand the fixed point.


studentofmethod February 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

fixing the hand in space as a fixed point that does not move, as the rest of the body moves/stretches against that fixed point in space (the hand)?


Chen Zhonghua February 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm



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