Slanted FlyingJournal of Tai Chi Chuan

Training

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 …

Why Is Relaxation So Important In Taiji Practice?

If you have practiced Tàijíquán (太極拳) for any length of time, you are sure to have heard a teacher command you to “relax.” Sometimes they pick on …

Why Is Fajin The Secret Weapon Of Taijiquan?

Diǎnxué (點穴, sometimes called Dianmai or even Dim Mak) is known as pressing or sealing the cavity and it is one of the most misunderstood techniques of …

Four Common Pushing Hands Training Mistakes

If you train Tàijíquán (太極拳) as a martial art, you will, at some point, come across Tui Shou (推手). Also known as Pushing Hands, (Pushands, Push …

The Scissors, Rock, Paper Of Chinese Martial Arts

One of the most interesting concepts in Chinese martial arts is the theory of tī dǎ shuāi ná (踢打摔拿). Tàijíquán (太極拳) teachers often …

Memorizing Those Annoying Basics Is The Road To Mastery

In one of his continuing education seminars, Bob Flaws (acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, author, and expert in Traditional Chinese Medicine) said, “Mastery …

Jou Tsung Hwa’s Chen 1

I intend to continue in this article to present the Tai Chi Farm exercises which have been explained in a series format in my previous articles. While writing …