The Five Character Tactics explores the five requirements or states that a tai chi practitioner needs to achieve in the process of learning tai chi.
In these paragraphs tai chi as an internal art is compared to other martial arts which are based on external skills development. It lists some of the skills we want to refine and the common mistakes one makes on the journey of learning tai chi.
The second and third paragraphs from the treatise describe the Tai Chi learning stages and objectives. It is a good summary of the training goals.
Tai chi as a philosophy is based on oneness with nature and oneness with the universe. In the beginning, just like the universe, it is boundless and limitless. The universe is governed by the relationship of opposites co-existing and complementing each other. This philosophy is the essence of Yin and Yang.
Push hands training and tai chi forms practice go hand in hand. Using this combination of practice allows us to progress at the most optimal pace in our learning. One type of tai chi practice is not better than the other type. In fact, forms based tai chi practice and push hands are the ideal complements in learning tai chi.
The performance by Master Bao Sen Liang with his instructors was especially memorable. We’re proud of our instructors here at Ji Hong Tai Chi and how much these performances demonstrate their depth of skill and proficiency in tai chi.
If you have been practicing tai chi for a few years, you may have already been starting to practice some of the advanced skills. Often, once we finish the series of courses to learn all the movements, we offer an advanced class. For instance, after the Basics course which every new student takes to gain
Last time, we started discussing the transition to advanced tai chi skills. We identified when it often begins as well as why it starts to become more challenging for people as they hit the learning plateau between basic skills and learning advanced skills. Learning tai chi is more than physically learning movements during classes. As
A deeper understanding of principles and using effective training methods combined with the correct mindset is necessary to get beyond the first learning plateau.
These standardized qi gong forms consist of coordinated and flowing movements which require a person to focus on body posture, movements, breathing and mental thoughts. These forms are categorized as “Soft” and “Dynamic”, as opposed to “Hard” and “Static”. As a whole, they are commonly referred to as “Health Qi Gong”.
Yi Jin Jing is one of the many forms of qi gong and it is known to be practiced by monks in the Shaolin Temple. Yi Jin Jing is, by far, the most intense qi gong form among the forms recognized by the Chinese Health Qi Gong Association.
The students of Ji Hong Tai Chi Richmond Hill and Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga attended a Tai Chi Retreat together in Cuba. Not only did we have a fabulous time together but we were treated to Chief Master Instructor Baosen Liang’s generous insights on the foundational theories of tai chi. These foundational concepts help us achieve the goal of being One with Nature within the practice of tai chi.