Not Just About Moving Slowly…

This week is a full moon and we'll be finishing the class with a little bit of Qigong.

Most people believe that Taiqichuan is only a form of gentle exercise but it is, in fact, a fully-fledged martial art. In our class we tend to train only the softer side but we do, occasionally, demonstrate some of the practical application. Being a martial art, it means that Chen Style Taiqichuan also includes some weapons training. Here is an example of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei (when he was quite young) doing the Chen Style Taiqichuan “Pear Blosson” Spear form.

Is Tai chi easy?

I came across this article the other day. It's written about Yang style but the principles are the same. I often think that Tai Chi is a bit like Yoga in that there are different levels that you can work at. In our class we may all be doing the same silk reeling moves or the same form at the same time but we're all working at different levels of ability. The beginners are learning to wave their arms and trying to remember the sequence. Higher levels are trying to 'internalise' the moves. Higher levels still may be thinking about application. I'm sure there are many levels above my own where they focus on things I can't understand yet.

In this week's class we'll be looking at the 18 Step Form.