In practicing T'ai Chi Ch'uan the whole body relaxes. Don't let even one ounce of tension linger in the blood vessels, bones, and ligaments to cramp yourself up.
How do I daily rekindle the teaching that has been passed down to me? Not just think about the teaching, but that it’s alive. Even more, that it burns.’
I found the following on the web and thought it may be of some interest, I must admit I fall a few yards short.
Discard the hard, be soft
- John H
“Water the roots and the flower will appear by itself”.
Looking back some years ago when learning from my first teacher Sifu Chau Chui Kwan I was impatient and attended practice several days a week and wanted to learn all the techniques and “special moves” he had to teach and I wanted to know the “one best” technique for fighting.
Sifu Chau informed me that Kung-fu comes down to one little posture and this one little posture also happens to be the most effective for self-defence. If, you practice just this one little posture you will, he said, develop good Kung-Fu.
Three little things.
1. BUYER BEWARE – Taichichuan is a martial art not a marketing exercise.
2. The Taichichuan classics determine the authentic from the ornamental.
3. Before you become a good teacher first learn how to be a good student.
For me the form is about developing root, knowing my place in the world, sensing hands is about connecting, remaining centred and how I choose to live in this world.
I have observed with interest how the most softest, the most gentle of arts can, over time, erode the most strongly constructed and most fortified of walls and eradicate the most toxic of afflictions... fear.
What a wonderful thing, to live in a world without fear?
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide