Saturday, March 26, 2011

Summary of the taiji classics

I found a concise and profound summary of the taiji classics in Petra and Toyo Kobayashi's Classical T'ai Chi Sword.
The book is well worth reading, even if you do not intend practicing sword forms. The underlying principles are the same.
Important Principles of Tai Chi Ch'uan

relax - release (let go) - sink
root - yield - follow - join (connect)
lively - light - natural
even - slow - continuous
directed - balanced
movement from the center
curved movement
upright-straightening from within
not going to the extreme
full and empty
open and close
keeping the essential
deep breathing
meditative state of mind

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