Power, Structure Aim

by Brennan Toh on 2016/05/05


• Taiji works in 3’s, and power, structure, and aim all have to be independent. It’s like a hand holding a nail. The nail is the structure, it can’t be weak or it won’t pierce the opponent. The hand provides the aim, and the hammer is an outside force that hits the structure.
• Most importantly, none of the three objects can do the job of the other. Most of the time aim and power are confused, but the hand doesn’t try and push the nail in on it’s own.
• Structure and aim have to relate to one another – aim gives the structure context. In order to aim, as the other person changes, your structure changes. And that should give the feeling of consistent structural integrity.
• Adding power comes from something separate. Structure is established (here by the upper body). So the power added comes from the lower body as the waist turns.

About Brennan Toh

Brennan Toh is a 20th generation practitioner of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and disciple of Chen Zhonghua. He began learning Practical Method in China in 2011, and has returned to Daqingshan many times since. Located in Canada, Brennan has assisted as an instructor in workshops in Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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nick tangri May 6, 2016 at 5:09 am

Nice explanation Brennan, thanks


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