Slanted FlyingJournal of Tai Chi Chuan


Teaching Yourself

If you want to learn Tai Chi you need to have a teacher, hopefully a good one. You can’t simply copy the movements from a video or read about the principles …

Six-Direction Force In Taijiquan

Six-direction force includes the balance of opposing directions for up/down, forward/backward and right/left ( yang and yin pairs), which will be

Hitting Taijiquan’s Sweet Spot

(A New Commentary on Wang Zongyue’s Treatise) The sweet spot in Taijiquan (太極拳), as I understand it, is the fine line between yin (阴) and yang (阳) …

Be the Ball

How the Circle/Sphere Generates and Differentiates Yin and Yang in Taijiquan. An image I find useful is that of a properly inflated ball floating on


The article Humility is reprinted on Slanted Flying website with the permission of the author Sam Langley from his personal Blog. If you practice Tai Chi …

Let’s Talk About Bling-Bling In Taijiquan & Qigong Classes

Some years ago I met a Taijiquan & Qigong teacher who expected all her students to take off their jewelry during class. Even the wedding

Opening the Energy Gates of your Body

My experience with Energy Arts and Internal practices began in earnest some years ago with a Qigong form called Opening the Energy Gates of the Body, I bought …

Taijiquan’s Tui Shou (Push-hands) and Fighting from the Middle Range

Tui Shou, or push-hands, can be used to train many things in the study of Taijiquan, and different schools likely have numerous specialized methods for using …

Why practice Tai Chi?

Why practice Tai Chi? When I ask new students why they are interested in learning Tai Chi, they usually have difficulty coming up with an answer.

The Student

Even as a senior student when I thought a beginner it was always a great experience for me that they learned something. Not just a physical movement (like a …