If you look at modern taijiquan, it has become a sporty movement, and fast taijiquan for competition moves by shaking the shoulders. The body moves as one, like a stick or a log.
There is no expansion and contraction of the spine starting from the body center.
Taijiquan is an internal martial art, but the characteristics of modern taijiquan are not seen.
In addition, it often takes a low posture with a wide stride, and moves the center of gravity slowly with the muscles of the legs.
The legs are heavy, the muscles of the thighs are used, and the image is that the heavy torso is placed on top.
You can’t fight the enemy with this posture.
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“Why does Taijiquan move slowly?”
I sometimes get this questions.
Looking at the web, I can’t find any examples that are explained from a martial arts point of view.
I wonder why.
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There are many tai chi movements that make me wonder if the content is understood, and they are walking alone. Isn’t “Lead in and transform ” a representative example?
It seems that “Lead in and transform ” is only an argument with vague descriptions in China, the home of Tai Chi.
This may be due to a dramatically small number of Tai Chi masters who can speak the traditions.
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How do you dodge a straight punch on your face?
Step back. Dodge to the side. Go diagonally forward.
In each case, there is an iron rule. It is a “Eyes horizontal, nose vertical”.
Let’s talk about why this rule is important.
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Taijiquan Top Force with The Neck Empty
In Japanese martial arts, there are words in mind field such as “Sen no Sen”, “Tsui no Sen”, and “Go no Sen”.
There is a similar teaching in Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art.
“彼不动己不动，彼微动己先动” is the word of Master Wu Yuxiang.
“If he doesn’t move, I don’t move, and if he makes a slight movement, I will move first.”
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Bow Stance Arch
The source of human power is the legs and hips. No one would argue with this.
The legs and hips are connected by two joints.
Only those who control the movement of the hip joints can steps forward on the way to be a master.
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Taiji-Breathing Total Concentration
What is the breathing method who masters martial arts?
Manga, TV anime, and movie of “Demon Slayer” are booming not only in Japan but also in Taiwan and China. In this story, each swordsmanship school names breathing, such as “water breathing,” “flame breathing,” and “wind breathing.” In addition, the highest-ranking swordsman of the demon slayer corps is called a “Hashira”, and the minimum requirement for “Hashira” is to have a “total concentration” breathing method.
What is the presence of breathing for those who are trying to master martial arts? What kind of breathing method do they have if the people who have entered the highest stage of martial arts?
Let me consider about the breathing method of “total concentration”.
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In martial arts, it is often said to “taking the midline”, but what does that mean?
In my understanding, it’s a moment that makes the opponent think they lose it.
In other words, this is the moment you think you got it.
In striking martial arts, I think it is sometimes explained together with “Sen no Sen (Anticipative initiative)”.
I think it can be explained from a mechanical angle.
“Take the midline” is an expression not found in Chinese martial arts, but I would like to talk about it from my experience in martial arts.
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Taijiquan Kinetic Chain
There are many books that describe the theory of Taijiquan, but most of them are quite difficult to understand because the words used are vague.
I would like to explain scientifically through my experience.
Taijiquan uses the energy of “Qi”.
I must say that “Qi” itself has no power to fall the person down.
The mind of “Yi” is important factor in Taijiquan.
However, when I say, “Use Yi, don’t use strength.” it makes no sense to the general public.
“Qi” and “Yi” concepts are in an intangible world. If you try to talk about these things, you will get struggled to explain how in proper way.
Then what should I do? Taijiquan uses “Jin”.
This “Jin” is a force that acts directly on the opponent, and can be accurately described and talked in physics.
This time I would like to talk about Taijiquan from the point of “Jin” aspect because it is the science.
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What is Taijiquan Punch?
Taijiquan is north-style martial arts, and is based on the technique of shooting through.
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