Taijiquan has a technique called Fair Lady Shuttles. With the suppleness of a woman like, you invite the enemies on the left and right, and defeats them alternately like shuttle loom weaving. The shuttle means a left and right movement.
In Chen Taijiquan, Six-seal and Single whip are the techniques used as a set. Nowadays in our period, Taijiquan has been loosing martial arts aspects gradually.
Only the form has remained, and its application seems to be unknown to the public.
What is Taijiquan Punch?
Taijiquan is north-style martial arts, and is based on the technique of shooting through.
If I am asked what the most commonly used kick in Taijiquan, it will be a toe kick.
In a street fight, it is natural to kick the opponent’s abdomen with the toes of leather shoe, and becomes an effective technique.
Let me explain it.
One of the characteristics of Tai Chi is that it is Silk Reeling Force.
Silk Reeling Force stays tense and connects the whole body.
Neutralizing Force (化勁) and Exploding Force (發勁) of Tai Chi could not be explained without the Silk Reeling Force.
I would like to discuss the essence of Silk Reeling Force based on Chen Tai Chi, the origin of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is based on the movement of the whole body linked.
There is a word that most accurately describes that condition.
“Upper and lower body following each other”
Let me explain.
Understanding “Substantial / Insubstantial” leads to learning the essence of martial arts.
No matter how powerful strike ability you have,
If you could not hit the opponent, you could not get the effect.
A punch delivered intentionally to beat the other can be easily escaped,
Unconscious punches are hard to be avoided.
Here is the difficulty of martial arts and the depth of artistic elegance.
So what does it mean to be unconscious?
Let’s talk about the essence of martial arts.
Tai Chi mainly uses palm strikes instead of fist strikes during fighting.
It would be a fist strike has more power than a palm strike.
Do you have such question?
Let’s answer the question.
What is the “Peng (掤)” of Tai Chi Chuan?
In Tai Chi, it is often said that the opponent’s attack is neutralized by “Hua Jin (化勁)”.
However, it is not easy to deal with quick punches and kicks with “Huajin”.
To make it possible, a skill supported by tradition is necessary.
Now, let’s explain the “Peng (掤)” of “Peng Lu Ji An(掤 捋 擠 按)”.
“An(按)” in Tai Chi is not just a push.
“An(按)” is Tai Chi’s fourth motion and it means a hit.
Tai Chi’s fourth motion produces a powerful impulse by using spiral force (纏絲勁) in the lower body.
Let’s explain “An(按)”, Tai Chi’s fourth motion, in bow stance position.