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.
You must be completely relaxed, only then can you respond spontaneously and unknowably to every condition. You must be as relaxed as a bag of bones, only this can properly be called relaxation. Never forget that you’ll never be able to issue energy as long as you cling to any residual tension whatsoever.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan as an art of self-defense must completely spurn muscular force.
Discard the hard, be soft, remain mindful how we practice our standing postures will be manifested in our moving exercises, how we practice our moving exercises, will be manifested in our form, how we practice our form, will then be manifested in our push-hands.
To talk about the principles is easy, internalizing them, not so.
Discard the hard, be soft
Have a good week all
- John H
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide