Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Its a Long Way There

Learning Tai Chi is a long journey. If one is looking for fast food Tai Chi then our way is not for you.

The main problem is not so much giving you some drill that you can use to develop and add on to the muscle mass of your body. Were it were so then Tai Chi would be easy to teach.

The dominant obstacle is that your mind is unable to control your body especially those parts that are under subconscious control. I can tell you to let go of your strength but your perception of letting go is to collapse. Clearly this is wrong. This is why its impossible to impart Tai Chi in a big class if on a 1-to-1 basis it is incredibly difficult to make just one person understand how to do it correctly.

Transmitting Tai Chi involves a lot of hands-on coaching and coaxing; slow, patient inducing of the body to obey the mind through feeling and choice of words to impose control. Over and over again until the mind starts to be clear about what is to be done and the body starts to obey. Even then its easy to relapse back into old habits within 5 seconds.

For example aligning the body using the legs is a simple, straight forward topic. Yet it seems to be difficult to move the legs into the right position. Why? Can’t see what is happening or can’t understand what is happening? This is why I say not to underestimate the learning tool of using the 3-points and 5-points. The simple something is the higher the chances of it being despised and dumped to the side. Yet when one fails to project out the power the roots inevitably can be traced back to the failure to master the 3-points and 5-points comprehensively.

Yes, its a long way there, to the top. This is why don’t learn Tai Chi if you are the type who gives up too easily. And if students think the 3-points and 5-points are difficult to learn then just wait till they get to the advanced forms, one of them which is the 22-form which is passed down by Grandmaster Wei as shown in the video below :-




Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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