The Theories of Chén Cháng Xìng 陳長興 Part 5

Tàijí太極  means one, so the whole body is one. When we practise Tàijíquán太極拳, we must move with the whole body, from the top of the head to the soles of the feet, the arms and legs, and the front and back of the body. We must also move from inside, and the internal organs, the tendons, the muscles, skin, flesh, joints and skeleton, everything must move together and is led by the waist, which is the centre of the body in Tàijíquán, and it is also the Dāntián 丹田. This creates the Chán Sī Dòng Zuò 纏絲動作 – Spiral Movement, which goes to every part of the body, from inside to outside. The movement is supported by the legs and comes to the upper body, and all the breathing follow the movement, sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes breathing in, sometimes breathing out, one after another and all come naturally. This is the reason Tàijíquán is Daoist, it follows nature. This makes it good for health and also good for fighting.

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