Turn Around And Chop Opponent With Fist

GRASP THE BIRD'S TAIL

Relax. Move the body back by bringing the left foot up on its heel. Lower the left foot and step forward with the right foot. Repeat Grasp the Bird's Tail.

Tai Chi Ankle

Slide the left foot to the right. The feet are shoulder width apart. The right hand opens up and both hands, palms facing down, move in front of the shoulders. Circle both hands toward the body and then let them drop down to the sides. As the hands drop down, the body rises up.

General Principles Main Objectives

1. To live is to breathe. Coordination of breathing is actually the core; the foundation of Tai Chi Ch'uan utilizes the mind to activate the Chi, or breathing. Correct habit of deep breathing down to the navel psychic center is essential. Tai Chi breathing is embryo breathing, unlike ordinary breathing; accomplished only by practicing Tai Chi.

2. The mind or spirit should be concentrated. Attention should be paid to the inner self. A perfect psychic life can be developed through meditation in movement. Discipline is the assertion of self over self.

3. Physiological movements are determined by the mind. The Chi should be lowered down to the psychic center and stuck to the spinal cord. With the activation of Chi, the body is moved.

4. All bodily movements (arms, waist, sacrum, and the whole body) should be set loose, light, and natural. Do not exert awkward strength. Particulars

1. The mind holds the commanding position.

2. The Chi is similar to flag leading movements.

3. The waist is the axis controlling movements.

4. Inhalation and exhalation should be in alteration and regular. No panting or hastiness.

5. The eyes should gaze at the moving hand or kicking foot. Stance Particulars

General

1. Rooting in the feet.

2. Stemming from the legs.

3. Directing by the waist.

4. Expressing in the fingers. Central Trunk

1. Straightening the head.

2. Sacrum in position.

3. Maintaining the central equilibrium.

4. Set yourself in a state of naturalness and tranquility.

Hands

1. Differentiation of Yin and Yang in substantiality and insubstantiality.

2. Include the form of circles according to Tai Chi. Steps

1. Differentiation of insubstantiality and substantiality.

2. Alteration of advance and retreat. Trunk

1. Hollowing the chest.

2. Raising the back

3. Sitting wrists.

4. Stretching out the fingers. Posture

1. Easily straight in correct Tai Chi posture.

2. Inner comfort, complete relaxation from head to toes.

3. Wholesome and steady, with mind, spirit, and intrinsic energy coordinated introvertedly.

Mind in Tranquility; Body in Relaxation

1. Loosen arms, shoulders, and drop elbows.

2. Loosen hips, sacrum, stomach, and spinal cord.

3. Concentrate on relaxation; relieve all tension internally and externally; regulate breathing; try to maintain zero stillness; try to maintain a rhythm that will synchronize inwardly and outwardly.

Application of Techniques Neutralizing Energy

1. Attaching energy. When engaging the opponent in a struggle, attach to his movements in order to prevent him getting away. Aim at advancing.

2. Running energy. Applying the principle of non-resistance, aiming at retreating.

Attacking Energy

1. Hold fast. Use both hands to hold fast the opponent's wrist, elbow, shoulder, arm; make him unable to move and make him lose his balance.

2. Feint energy. Make a feint of attacking. When the opponent takes action, borrow his force and let him lose his balance. Then one may attack the opponent easily.

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