Monday, May 5, 2014
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tai chi ch'uan is a slow motion self defence art based on Daoist principles. The meaning of the word is supreme ultimate fist. The translation may be limited, but does go some way to explain things.
The word chi above is different to the word chi or ki meaning breath. Again, the translation into English hide much of the original meaning.
Another concept is the notion of being double weighted. Again, not much hope of grounding this term in English without some other input. Double weighted is a state in which you can move with ease, it is a state of stuckedness... that is you are stuck in one position and cannot easily get to the next. This can be a physical or a mental state - a rabbit staring into the headlights of a car is double weighted.
Is this clear? Probably not. Tai chi is experiential, so only by practice and a little discussion can we start to understand.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuning up? Like a car or an orchestra, fine tuning (and tempo) is the aim of anybody who wants to improve.
The human body is like an orchestra in tai chi. The upper body, particularly the arms, is light and flows, like the strings (violins, treble clef, piano right hand). The lower body, the legs, is a like the bass (continuo, bass clef, piano left hand) where is there is less movement and a more solid feel. The waist joins the two, and corresponds to the conductor, telling each instrument what to do! When the tai chi postures are controlled the waist, the whole orchestra works together, in perfect harmony.... a symphony of movement.