Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

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The Mind Inside Tai Chi – Review 4

Continuing with the review on 2.3 Qi.

The author wrote that “The first element of mind approach in practicing taijiquan is qi.” I find this very strange. Shouldn’t the first element to using the mind be intention? We always say “no Yi, no Qi” but never “no Qi, no Yi“. I feel that the author has not explained Qi ……click here to continue reading.


If the question had come from a young chap I would not be surprised. But for the question to come from someone nearing his 70s it was interesting to say the least.

Someone, X, visited me to find out more about learning Tai Chi. The first question…… click here to read more.

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My student told me that he revisited a video that he last saw two years ago. Now he can see things he had not noticed before. Whereas once he was impressed, now less so.

This is normal. To an uneducated eye everything looks good. But when you get the hang of things and you take another look your impression will change.

Speaking of which now is a good time for my student to revisit the video below :-


The video does not look impressive. One blogger even said its evidence that the art of GM Wei doesn’t work so well against a resisting opponent.

But there is a problem here. Sure, GM Wei doesn’t look like he could move the other master. However, the body language right at the end is interesting to say the least.

Now that my student has a better idea of what is going on this video will make sense to him, more so, since he probably had been in similar situations whenever we played push hands.


Clean Power

It’s the second time I heard it from this student though another new student also mentioned it.

Clean power.


Clean power.

This is the term my student used to describe our fajing process because of its minimalist characteristics which makes it difficult to see or feel what exactly is happening even when it’s performed slowly.

This was when I said that fajing is not an accurate term to describe the process.


The typical fajing process is exemplified by fast, sudden and jerky motions. There is a short period in which there is a void before the explosive power happens. This is also the time that the power sudden grows very fast and overpowers the opponent before he can react to it. Most of the time you can see what is happening though it is still common for a lot of people to be unable to see what is actually occurring. I believe the scientific term is inattentional blindness.

But clean power method of fajing or to use the term toujing does not look like or feel as similar to fajing. Instead toujing is more like the haze from Indonesia that silently moves across the water and envelopes Singapore with little advance warning.

So toujing is a method not just of suddenly increasing your power and jerking it out. On the contrary you can slowly increase it and permeate the opponent’s body before he realizes it. In fact, most of the time the feeling would be like being draped by a force field with no apparent point of origin. When the force grows denser you will feel as if your feet is floating up and about to be shot like an arrow from a strongly primed bow.

As I was explaining to my student it requires a high level of sung to do toujing. The normal type of floppy sung is not sufficient to enable this skill which is encapsulated in the 4 key words of Grandmaster Wang Yongquan’s style as transmitted to Grandmaster Wei Shuren.

A very high degree of awareness is required to meet the conditions that will enable you to toujing. Again like Zen enlightenment you can either miss the mark after decades of study or you can instantly get it after a shorter period of training. However, this does not mean you don’t need to train. On the contrary you need to train even more and be very open in your outlook if you want to be able to achieve that click moment.

The keys to toujing can be found in the Beginning Posture as described in TaijiKinesis Vol 2.

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.