How to do tai chi, Tai chi, taijiquan

Add a little yin-yang in your dantian and get more out of your tai chi practice

I’ve practiced Chinese Internal Martial Arts with Master George Xu Imagefor 16 years and I’ve learned things from him that I’m sure I would not have learned anywhere else. What has impressed me most over time is how his teaching evolves and how positively that has influenced my understanding. So much so that I have great success in articulating taiji secrets to learners who ask me.

Lately, I’ve been excited about how the Universal Principle of Yin Yang is of such key importance in taijiquan. I am growing my understanding of the nature of yin yang and incorporate it in practice more beneficially.

Grasping such key concepts is the ultimate goal of dedicated practitioners and the rewards show in health and longevity.

Master George Xu in San Francisco

Master Xu presents numerous concepts relating to the Yin-Yang Universal Law that, as he explains, applies to all forms of martial arts in China. I’ve written before that Master Xu explains yin-yang principles as they apply in dantian, qigong, spiral force, predator force, and earth power, as well as other areas.

The interplay between yin and yang applies to the physical and energy bodies, including Heavy/Light, Soft/Hard, Full/Empty, Inward/Outward, Left/Right, Up/Down, Front/Back, Feminine/Masculine, and so on. Plus, yin is contained within yang and yang within yin. It’s something to think about.

One of the more esoteric, yet fascinating, elucidations I’ve heard recently refers to a “fourth line of force” created (yang) in front of physical forearm, elbow, and body (yin). I think of this as a protective energy field that can move things.

It’s also important to understand how bodily chemical, hormonal, heart rate, muscle, structure changes (yin) create the energy force outside the body (yang). This is a topic that I need to hear Master Xu talk more about.

This may sound complex, and it is to a degree, but understanding it is built into us naturally and making a single connection can lead to vast understanding and ability.You just have keep it in mind as you practice.

Take Dantian for example. Dantian has 13 fundamental jings, or forces, Master Xu explains. The most important thing to remember and understand, however, is that the dantian becomes a center with long leverage out from the body that’s supported by a strong root (“counterweight”).

A rolling ball with this center can defend and attack at the same time.

Dantian is a storage for energy that can be located almost anywhere; the shoulder, for example, or even outside the body. Later, with practice and understanding, it is as though the dantian is enlarged to the space outside the body.

Master Xu is just getting started with the explanation of dantian. Qigong, Spiral Force, Earth Power, and Master Xu’s signature topic, Predator Force all have been explained by him intricately and in very useful ways of great value to the serious practitioner.


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