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Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 148

Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌  – Part 3 Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌says, “Hooking, pushing, squeezing and holding skills – everybody knows these 鉤掤逼攬人人曉. Flashing, surprising, tricky skills – who can really avoid or defend against them 閃驚取巧有誰知?”  Here, Chén Wáng Tíng is saying that Hooking, pushing, squeezing and holding skills were common skills in […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 147

Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌 Pt2 Chén Wáng Tíng’s 陳王廷太極拳經總歌 Poem say, “Contacting, touching, spiralling and circling skills – they make us feel our enemies’ energy 諸靠纏繞我皆依. Chopping, hitting, pushing and pressing skills are advanced劈打推壓得進步, Carrying, shifting, horizontal and grabbing skills are hard to defend against 搬擱橫采也難敵.” To feel our opponent’s energy, we need to […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 146

Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 拳經總歌 陳王廷著(明末清初時人,陳氏太極拳的創始人)        縱放屈伸人莫知,諸靠纏繞我皆依。 劈打推壓得進步,搬擱橫采也難敵。 鉤掤逼攬人人曉,閃驚取巧有誰知, 佯輸詐走誰雲敗,引誘回沖致勝歸。 滾拴搭掃靈微妙,橫直劈砍奇更奇, 截進遮攔穿心肘,迎風接步紅炮捶。 二換掃壓掛麵腳,左右邊簪莊跟腿, 截前壓後無縫鎖,聲東擊西要熟識。 上籠下提君須記,進攻退閃莫遲遲, 藏頭蓋面天下有,慣心剁脅世間稀。 教師不識此中理,難將武藝論高低。 Opening, expanding, contracting and closing skill – the enemies cannot sense us. Contacting, touching, spiralling and circling skills – they make us feel our enemies’ energy. Chopping, hitting, pushing and pressing skills are advanced, Carrying, shifting, horizontal and […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 145

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 8 Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 goes on to say, “人不知我,我獨知人,英雄所向無敵,蓋皆由此而及也。Other people do not know me, but I know everything about them. A person like this is a hero and invincible. This is what we know from this.” If our skill is Tàijíquán 太極拳 is high, other people […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 144

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 7 Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 says, “一羽不能加,蠅蟲不能落, The energy in the body we should be balanced – with not even the weight of a feather or a fly out of balance.” Everyone should understand this because this the reason we practise Tàijíquán 太極拳 to find balance. However, […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 143

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 6 Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 says, “ 進之則愈長,退之則愈促 When we move forward – we can go further away. When we move backward, we should be able to move quickly.” In Tàijíquán 太極拳 if we go forwards, we can go further away. What does this mean? Normally when […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 142

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 5 In Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 he says, “仰之則彌高,俯之則彌深We move upward, we are in the higher position, when we move downward, we are in the lower position.” When we practise our forms some positions require us to move upwards, like in Laojia movement 19 – Punch Under […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 141

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 4 In Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 he says, “左重則左虛,右重則右杳。When our weight is on the left, we should not totally commit ourselves – we should be able to move in any direction easily. When our weight is on the right, we should do the same.” So when our […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 140

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem王宗岳太極拳論 Part 3 In Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 he says, “不偏不倚,忽隱忽現 No leaning to either side, the mind should be present and also absent.” This means that in Tàijíquán, when we stand still we should not lean to either side, and this means the back should be straight and […]

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 139

Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 Part 2 In Wáng Zōng Yuè’s Tàijíquán Poem 王宗岳太極拳論 he says, “虚領頂勁,氣沉丹田 For posture we need to relax the head and shoulders, with the Qì supporting the whole body. The Qì sinks to the Dāntián 丹田 and there is no leaning to either side.” In his poem he does […]