Master Tse's Taiji Fist #17

Calm down, stand straight and mind focused on the movements心靜身正,以意運動 Chen Xin陳鑫 says in his book, “Calm down, stand straight and mind focused on the movements.” This is very clear instruction for anybody practising…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #16

Opening and Closing, Firm and Light. Breathe Naturally開合虚實,呼吸自然 Last time we talked about Chen Xin’s 陳鑫book. In it he also says, “Opening and closing, Firm and Light. Breathe Naturally.” This is a principle of Taijiquan.…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #15

Body Light and External Firm虚領頂勁,氣沉丹田 In the history of Chen Style Taijiquan, the 8th generation had a master named Chen Xin陳鑫 (1849 – 1929) who was famous for his writing and his Taijiquan as well. If we study Chen…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #14

Wu Yu Xiang’s Taiji Poem武禹襄拳經 “Energy of movement is like Chou Si. Preparing the energy in like pulling a bow. Releasing the energy is like shooting the arrow運勁如抽絲,蓄勁如張弓,發勁如放箭.” Wu Yu Xiang’s…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #13

Chou Si Jing抽絲勁 We should now understand that Chen Style Taijiquan movements consist of spiralling and circling movements that come from the Dantian. These kinds of movements are called Chan Si Jing纏絲勁. However, did you know…

Master Tse’s Taiji Fist #12

Chan Si纏絲 When we practise Chen Style Taijiquan, we must know that the movements should spiral. We call this spiralling Chan Si纏絲. “Chan纏” means “Spiralling” and “Si 絲“means “Silk”. Some people call it “Silk Reeling”,…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #11

Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 part 3 After 3 years Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 could practise his forms 30 times every day! Then one day he asked his cousin to Tui Shou with him. His cousin was very good, and was known in the village of pushing many people…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #10

Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 Part 2 Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 went home to get the tools they need and then went to catch up with his cousin. As promised his cousin was waiting for him be walking slowly and so he quickly caught him back up and then they…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #9

Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 Part 1 My Tai Sigong, Grandmaster Chen Fa Ke 陳發科 reached a very high level of skill. However, when he was a 14 year old, he was ill and weak and felt lump inside his body. Since he was so weak, he needed someone…

Master Tse's Taiji Fist #8

Taiji Addiction During Taijiquan 太極拳 practice we should only focus on our movements and think of nothing else. We do not even need to worry about our breathing. We just have to sink our Qi to our Dantian, let everything moves internally…