Don’t move the knee

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2013/03/06

At a higher level when the inside of the body is stretched out, the outside frames (structure) of the body should start to close. This is in compliance with the principle of “the energy must be released but structure remain intact”.

Here are some simple explanations of the structure and energy movements of the knee.

  1. The whole body power aims at the front kua.
  2. Energy comes out of dantian and then front kua.
  3. The energy that comes out of the front kua must only travel in a straight line to the knee.
  4. It must have the tendency to travel straight past the knee (as indicated by the straight red line with an arrow).
  5. The white vertical line is an assumed hard wall, blocking the traveling energy from the kua.
  6. The curved red line with arrow is the resultant energy path.


  1. This is how energy can pass through the knee to go to the foot.
  2. In practice, one must ensure that the imagined while wall line is made real and motionless.
  3. The movement of energy along the red arrow line is made less stable and powerful than the white wall line.
  4. The production of a fixed spot on the knee and the vertical wall is crucial.
  5. Any movement on the knee, especially horizontal movement, will disrupt the energy moving to the foot.


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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