Advanced level taiji

Tim's Discussion Board: Tai Ji Quan : Advanced level taiji
   By ryan on Monday, July 19, 2004 - 08:45 pm: Edit Post

Is it true that after you become really advanced with taiji that when you perform the form your arms/legs barely move. Like really "small" circles almost as if its only your wrist/hands moving, with a minimal shift in body weight?

Also I read that once you get to that level that you'll actually be doing the form constantly in your mind without actually practicing it.

Is any of this stuff true and where can i find more information (books/videos)

   By Michael Andre Babin on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 10:20 am: Edit Post

The longer you competently practise a taiji form, the smoother and more subtle the movements will become. Some old masters do look as if their form has "shrunk" in comparison to the same form being done by relative beginners.

You can't teach yourself this kind of approach, it's supposed to happen over the decades of practise.

Even if you reach this stage, it is also seems true that your joints will lose some of their range of motion if you don't practise supplementary exercises, if you use the taiji form(s) as your only form of exercise.

   By Xiao Hu on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

Read the Tai Ji Classics...
I've been enjoying the translation by Waysun Liao.

" Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"
Author ChungLiang Al Huang (Al Huang)

These two book are very good reads about Tai Ji.

   By Michael Andre Babin on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 11:03 am: Edit Post

The book by Al Huang is an interesting read and is considered a classic of North American taiji literature by some. He has an excellent reputation as a dancer and a calligrapher; but that doesn't also qualify him to lecture about traditional taiji.

At least he is honest in the book about how his main interest was using taiji-like movements as a means of self-expression and body movement.

   By Tomo (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 - 03:20 am: Edit Post

Wang Pei Sheng wrote a book about Wu-style Taiji Quan that is very good. It sets some excellent guidelines on how to improve your skill.

   By claudio (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 09:33 am: Edit Post

Could anyone help me?
i would like the address of people coming thrugh the Wang pei shen in beijing. tks

   By stan (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 01:12 pm: Edit Post

Wang Peisheng style is a Yang (Yuting)/Northern Wu style (beijing) pattern that is not too well known. The form is not that much different from the Shanghai version (Ma Yuehling) but it is more upright with twists involving subtle chansujin.

At one time, Yang and Wu style (Quanyou) were similar in appearance but with Jianquan, the form 'diverged'. Again, differences are minimal regarding outward 'performance'.

   By mozart on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 08:16 am: Edit Post

does anyone have any contact info on the beijing guys of wang peisheng?

   By stan (Unregistered Guest) on Sunday, April 17, 2005 - 03:19 pm: Edit Post

Do a search on Zhang Yun (he teaches in US-Pittsburgh, USA), or Northern Wu style and there might be an address to contact.

   By Bob #2 on Saturday, April 23, 2005 - 03:21 am: Edit Post

I'm so excited I can hardly type!

4 of my long time Tai Ji students recently found themselves in a "situation". The oldest, Mrs. Jenkins, is 94. The other three are in their extremly late 80s. Anyway- when they came to class clammering about this incident, I have to admit, I was a little skeptical. But they were very convincing.

But another student recently found this recording of an eye-witness account. It's just freaky how these things work out.

You'll need speakers to hear this- but it definately shows the power of Tai Ji in action. And, I'm proud to admit, it also shows that my contriversial teaching teachnics pay off when the time is right.

Bob frickin'#2

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