Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Knee Pain & IMA

Saw this interesting article on FB.

Good points made except for this “In theory, these structural misalignments should resolve over a period of correct practice, but this may take some time and there may be specific exercises that can help.

IMO as long as you understand the principle you don’t need specific exercises to solve the knee problem. And interestingly, you shouldn’t have to take too much either. Once you get it, you get it and the pain is gone.


Just like Zen enlightenment.

The crucial key is the ability of your mind to control the body.

The thing you have to do next is to keep up the practice of the principle in everything that you do whether CMA practice, walking, standing etc and over time it becomes a habit and no more knee problems.

I teach this principle right at the beginning of the 108 form but 99% of students never practice it because they think its not important or too easy to do though I stressed its importance. And sure enough as their practice progresses they get knee pains and tensed muscular thighs despite having the key to prevent the problem surfacing in the first place.

Sad but true.


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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