The Economy of Tai Chi Chuan
吳榮輝 撰文湯耀洋 先生英譯By Wu RH, Compiled and Translated by Tang YY
In Tai Chi Chuan practice, the hand never goes higher than the top of the head, and the elbow stays below the shoulder. The body is loosened, the back rounded, and the tailbone tucked in. This is a posture of self restraint, self effacing, and functionally self preservation. By purposely not exert yourself, you can remain energetic for the long haul—you remain the last one standing, long after your push hands partner has fallen from exhaustion that inevitably follows his overexertion.
How do you achieve such energy economy?
World Tai Chi Chuan Federation – Tai Chi Institute
Supple Tai Chi Chuan 2018
Form and Pushing Hands Training Sessions
Master Wu Rong-Hui, with a team of experienced teachers, will transmit the secrets to achieve perfect relaxation in the practice of any Tai Chi Chuan form and pushing hands.
From the Ten Essential Principles of Yang Cheng-Pu, Master Wu will clarify right practice of the skills of “Head straight and the neck relaxed”, “Sink the shoulders and drop the elbows”, “Hollow the chest and round the back”, “Relax the abdomen”, “Distinguish between full (yin) and empty (yang)”. Building upon this set of basic skills, he will introduce the Eight Training Methods for Natural Movement laid bare by Master Soong Zhi-Jian : “Original Space Position”, “Original Body Position”, relying on the ground reaction force, inertia and the power of the waist, etc.
By putting this foundational work into practice in Pushing Hands drills, Master Wu will guide us towards a natural understanding of Cheng Man-Qing’s principles of “No arms in Taichi”, “Lose to gain” and “Invest in loss”. As the Tai Chi Classics say : “Softness overcomes hardness” and “Four ounces topple one thousand pounds”.
Time : Every Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Address : Taipei City, Section 2 Fuxing South Street, Number 157, 13th Floor
(Tai Chi Institute – MRT Technology Building)
Fee : 4000 NT$ for a three months period starting on the first day of attendance,
or 500 NT$ per class
Registration by transferring the participation fee to the following account:
(ID) 帳 號：182-20-0292601 戶名:吳淑貞
For more information in English, please contact 0920-583-841.
in Chinese : (02)2736-5086 , or fax：(02)2736-4090
Cheng Man-Ching left us TCC practitioners with a treasure trove of insight into the TCC Classics. For example, he advocated “beautiful lady's hand,”“no arms in TCC (NAIT)”, and “investment in loss,” all of which are as important and beneficial as they are profound, counterintuitive, and often perplexing.
Let me tackle NAIT here.
The eight hand methods (ward off, rollback, press, push, pluck, split, elbow, and shoulder) and the five sticking methods (which boil down to always engaging but never resisting) are the first two of three core competencies that all pushing hands practitioners should strive to master.
Here is a rule of wisdom for the wise. Nothing compels anyone to follow it, but if you do, it will helps you advance your mastery of PH.
I. First roadblock: your rigid body
While practicing TCC form and pushing hands, one must first strive to relax the body and mind the nebulous concept of energy circulation.