Movements must be vertical, not horizontal

by Chen Zhonghua Taiji Academy on 2014/03/04

The understanding of vertical movements (line) and horizontal movements (line) is vital. Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system requires that all movements must be along the vertical line, not the horizontal line. 

Vertical line is defined as the lengthwise line; horizontal line is defined as the widthwise line.

When this principle is followed, movements will also comply with the adage of “long overcoming short”.


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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David Fadjar March 5, 2014 at 12:59 am

So horizontal line is moving, vertical line is not moving.

Same as rotation is also not moving.

Is there any difference between vertical line and rotation movement? Or are they the same or are they covering two different concept that should not be mixed?


Chen Zhonghua March 5, 2014 at 10:07 am

They should not be mixed.
Book, novel
A novel is a type of book.
We still need those two words. We should not get rid of the word novel just because it is also a type of book.
Book and novel are same in some ways and are not in others.


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