Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

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Muscle Me 2

In the first post Muscle Me I didn’t mention anything on what muscling someone is like.

In the video below you can see an example of muscling someone looks like.

When you try to muscle someone you are trying to pit your strength directly against him. If he is weaker than you then no issue. However, if he is stronger then you have to use a lot more strength to move him. This is not efficient use of strength.

If you want to move someone easily you have to find a smarter way to do it. For a change in the video we are exploring how to use the 5-Points to unbalance and send our training partner off. 

In the video above, I am using the 2nd movement from our 13-movement form specifically GST(iii) to GST(vii) as shown on page 138, TaijiKinesis Vol 2. We are exploring a more physical application of the biomechanics explained and illustrated on page 151-152.

Learning fajing requires a lot of hands-on finetuning. As simple as the method used here it is still not as easy to grasp without a good foundation. You can push someone away from you using forward momentum but to literally shoot someone away like an arrow requires a better use of the body to leverage its strength and prime it to release force like a bow. An example is right at the end of the video below.


From Past to Present 2

In this clip we are practicing the use of Wild Horse Parts Mane. The point I wanted to make it that because of the arm’s angle its more difficult to inject forceful power into the technique.

What we didn’t practice here is the full technique itself as our focus was on the use of intention and relaxation to generate power. At 1:00 I used momentum to generate the power. Contrast this with the use of Peng and An force beginning 3:10 and how the use of intention added to the sharpness and forcefulness of the technique.

From Past to Present

Tai Chi Chuan is a living art.

What this means is that claiming a lineage is plain silly because until you can demonstrate the unique skill of your particular lineage having a rank or certificate means nothing.

In the clip below which I extracted from a longer clip you can see my Grandmaster Wei Shuren explain and demonstrate the power of Wild Horse Parts Mane.

Despite being in his lineage I could not explain how he did that much less do it. However, my teacher told me not to worry about the power and just focus on getting the basic principles correct. After many years of training I had an inkling how GM Wei issued the power but I could still not do it.

I didn’t worry too much about it and kept my teacher’s advice to heart and keep doing the basics again and again. And my teacher was correct. When the basics are correct the skill will come. The flavor of GM Wei’s power is its very sudden and can cause the demo partner to jump and land in a squat. At the end of the clip is my poor rendition of this skill which depends on understanding and applying the force of Peng and Jing within the same movement.

Sword & Body 3

In this final clip on the use of Tai Chi straight sword and its correlation to empty hand techniques, we examine the idea of how the training of the straight sword can enhance the power of our empty hand techniques.

At the beginning of the clip I asked my student to apply sudden and forceful power on me. However, his power is not forceful enough. At 0:18 I demonstrate how the straight sword movement in the clip in the previous Sword & Body 2 post can be used to enhance the forcefulness of my palm strike.

Sword & Body 2

As with the use of empty hands, we too employ physics in the use of the Tai Chi straight sword. For example at 0:21 we use gravity to power the thrust of the tip.

Similarly, at 0:25 we combined the use of the vertical circle with gravitational drop and sudden braking of the body’s movement to generate an impulse force. And at 0:26 we learn to whip out the power in a sharp vertical drop of the weapon.

At 0:42 I am explaining the relationship between using the straight sword and translating the same movement into an empty hand technique, in this case a splitting palm. We test out the power at 0:49.

At 2:44 we examine another Tai Chi straight sword technique and how the principles of power and motion from this movement can be extracted out for use in empty hand technique.