The Tai Chi Space: How to Move in Tai Chi and Qi Gong

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Learn the 42 Essential Principles of Tai Chi & Qi GongThis book is designed to teach the fundamentals that drive and underpin internal arts training at all levels and stages of development, not a form. Each of the 42 principles, portrayed as images and accompanied by brief explanations, are aimed at conveying how internal arts techniques function in ways that help you embed them and feel them come alive in your flesh - regardless of the specific systems, styles or forms you train.

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Part 1. Fundamental Principles: Nuts and Bolts

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Cultivating land is a progressive, cyclical process. The annual cycle entails ploughing, removing weeds, sowing seeds, watering, and trimming trees and carefully tending crops until the harvest, when the fruits of all that labour are enjoyed.

In the longer term, crops are rotated, compost is added to replenish lost nutrients in the soil from the proceeds of the previous year, and a careful balance between the give and take is always at play.

And the cycle repeats ad infinitum, always returning to the beginning and starting anew. If the land is tended with care and with the correct attitude and insight, crops can improve year after year. If the land is tended poorly, however, the quality of the harvest soon diminishes.

The internal arts are also labours of cultivation: practised to cultivate your being – that is your body, energy, mind and spirit.

Separate and Combine

The primary tool for achieving this cultivation of art and Self is the strategy of “separate and combine”, which involves separating from the whole each and every component of the arts, practising and singularly embedding them in your being, then reintegrating them into the whole again. This process allows you to see each thread clearly and in its own light.

 

Part 2. Internal Principles for Connectivity and Flow

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When beginning any form of exercise, the initial objective is to warm up the body and focus the mind on the task at hand. When done sufficiently and accurately, the body and mind are prepared for a greater range of motion and more vigorous activity, thereby preventing strain and injury, and maximising potential results. This is especially true when compromised and for the elderly.

Beginning Form

Beginning Form is exactly what it says: beginning the form, the first movement of tai chi.

Repeating this exercise between five and 20 times before flowing through the whole form:

Releases physical and mental tension.

Stretches the soft tissues (fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments).

Lubricates the joints.

Initiates more powerful circulation of blood and qi.

Draws the mind into the body.

Engages whole-body motion.

Now you can maximise potential results and benefits from your practice.

Beginning Form is a high-yield movement. I often use it in qi gong courses to teach motion on the vertical plane while building in specific fundamental principles like sung and the Rule of Thirds.

 

Part 3. Deeper Principles for Fluidity and Energy Development

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Water contained in a bath becomes disturbed when suddenly stirred with a wooden spoon. However, if you continue stirring in circles, slowly, smoothly, evenly and deliberately, eventually all of the water will move in unison with the stirring action.

Tai chi and qi gong forms engage and move blood and qi in a similar fashion, requiring slow, smooth, even and continuous motion with just the right quality:

without stops and starts;

without speeding up or slowing down.

To improve results, all excess tension needs to be released too. The smooth, continuous action helps to relax the body and nerves, and thus expels superficial and deeper tensions.

The longer you practise, the stronger the process becomes, and the more fully you engage the vascular system and qi flow – although never to the point of diminishing returns.

Embrace the Tiger, Return to the Mountain

The Embrace the Tiger, Return to the Mountain section of the form brings together various movements previously covered, with small additions and variations. This repetition allows the mind to deeply penetrate the body and develop the finesse required to generate internal momentum.

 

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