Master Tse's Taiji first #51

Level II of Tajiquan pt 1 After practising for six to nine months we should get better and reach Level II. This is “Two Yin and eight Yang, normal level 二陰八陽是散手”. If we really practise then our bodies will become a bit softer…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #50

Level I Taijiquan 太極拳 We all enjoy practising Taijiquan 太極拳. When I teach, I have never come across anyone who after three lessons which is 3 hours over 3 days, who does not enjoy it. A good teacher will lead you to a feeling and…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #49

Kau Jing 靠勁 The last Jing is Kau Jing靠勁. Kau 靠 means shoulder. Many people do not think about using the shoulders to attack an opponent, but it is actually a very powerful way of attacking if we use it properly. Using Kau Jing means…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #48

Zhou Jing 肘勁 The third Jing is Zhou Jing肘勁. Zhou 肘 means elbow. Zhou Jing means elbow power but in the situation it means elbow attack. An elbow attack is very powerful and very damaging. If you hit any part of the opponent’s body…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #47

Lie Jing 裂勁 The second Jing, after Cai Jing 採勁, is Li Jing. Lie 裂means break. In Chen Taijiquan 陳家太極拳 it is common to use Cai Jing to control our opponent and then we can break them with the other hand using either the palm…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #46

Cai Jing 採勁 After Peng掤, Liu履, Ji擠, An按 the first four Jing we can now look at the second Jing. The second four Jing are more direct, physical and Yang, whereas the first four are gentler, controlling and Yin. The second four…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #44

 Ji Jing 擠勁 Ji Jing 擠勁 this is the third energy. Ji means squeeze together, like people in a bus or in the Tube during rush hour, when it is too crowded people squeeze in together. So Ji Jing is squeezing your opponent, to make them…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #43

Liu Jing 履勁 The second most important Jing is Liu Jing 履勁. In Taijiquan Liu means "Pulling Back". In general the Chinese character Liu means "Conduct in a Job", "Duty with Care" or "Sincere Attitude".  So in Taijiquan the pulling…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #42

Peng Jing 掤勁 Of the Eight Jing 八勁, Peng Jing is number 1 and so it is the most important. If we can use it well then our Taijiquan has a good standard. Peng means expanding and Jing means power. The Eight Jing, ; Peng掤, Liu履,…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #41

Peng掤, Liu履, Ji擠, An按 Need to be Practised Seriously The poem Taijiquan by Wang Zong Yue王宗岳  talks about Peng掤, Liu履, Ji擠 and An按. It says, “Peng, Liu, Ji and An need to be practised seriously, using them to follow…