The following, were I believe, originally formulated by Ben Lo. The commentary on the five principles, I'm guessing, was authored by the host site cited at the end of email.
I have often present these in w/shops as the essential focus of practice. Having grasped these five principles in practice we can then further our understanding of the many T'ai Chi Ch'uan principles. Whilst the following five principles may read relatively easy, I have found them not so easy to maintain in practice....still trying. - JH
"In Tai Chi Chuan when playing sensing-hands what is important is the manner in which we initially connect with our partner. When we connect with our partner we are soft, open, aware, relaxed, sunk and rooted. If we are not soft open, aware, relaxed, sunk and rooted we cannot connect, firstly, with ourselves and then with our partner. To meet our partner with hard, closed, stiff, floating muscular tension is like slamming the door shut on a visiting guest".
By Jen Binney.
I thought I’d share reflections inspired by our Thursday session.
As the gates begin to open
and the chi begins to flow,
a soft awareness permeates through me
momentum slowly grows.
A softness, a gentleness
Like the tide coming in.
Finding an easy passage
as the gates open every limb.
Soft, light, aware
stay a bit longer
as I play…
as you are easily washed away.
- Jen Binney 13.3.15
Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If, one seeks quick results, they will not attain the ultimate goal. If, one is lead astray by small advantages, they will never accomplish great things.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide