Tai Chi, or Tai Ji utilizes the philosophy of yin
and yang in every aspect of its practice. This
philosophy asserts that every entity needs to coexist
and interact with a counterpart of opposite nature
in order to achieve balance and vitality. For every
internal movement, a moving part of the body (yang)
works against stationary part (yin) that provides
support and power for the move. The junction between
yin and yang is always located in the torso.
the arm push forward movement described above,
the junction is around the upper-quarter body
- In the case of the turning movement, the
junction is in the waist region.
- For the step forward
movement, the junction is at the lower-quarter
body region above the pelvis.
- If one pushes the
hand forward with the arm, then the junction is
at the shoulder.
- If the turning movement is accomplished
by crossing the legs, then the junction is at the
- If the step forward move is done with the
leg, then the junction is at the hip. (These later
cases are not internal movement.)
you perform an internal movement correctly, you
will feel the sensations of stretching and intense
energy flowing across the junction in an otherwise
relaxed body. Classical Tai Chi, or Tai Ji form
teaches students how to use Internal Discipline
in every move so internal energy circulates continuously
throughout the body during form playing, tuning
and cultivating internal energy in the body.
From the martial arts point of view, the playing of
the classical Tai Chi form is, among other things,
practicing the mobilization and delivery of the
internal power until it becomes instinctive,
spontaneous, and instantaneous.
The appearance of internal movement is very deceptive. Most uninitiated observers will think it is a small, unremarkable, and simple movement and may opt for a more showy style. In fact, internal movement is demanding to learn, both mentally and physically. But, the results of the effort will be unparalleled in improving health and well-being and in martial arts applications.
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