One must understand that it is a method that gradually changes the body into a complete working unit. Four very important rules which if followed, produce good Tai Chi. The first is touch. You must touch your opponent to listen to his body with your body. The second is follow. You must follow your opponents movement to hear his body. The Third is empty or lock. When you feel your opponent you can tell if he is on or off balance. If they are off balance they are considered empty or locked. The fourth is hit or throw away. Therefore, you touch your opponent and listen. You follow his energy until he becomes locked or empty. You then hit or throw the opponent using their own force.
Documents of this period indicate the Chen clan settled in Chen Village, Henan province, China, in the 13th century and reveal the defining contribution of Chen Wangting 1600–1680. It is said that he was a sucessful candidate in the imperial military examinations at the provincial level in the late Ming dynasty. He engaged in military expeditions against rebel forces commanded by Li Zicheng in Shandong. Upon the fall of the Ming, his opportunities for advancement ruined by the change of dynasties, he moved to Chen Village. he fused techniques from the teachings of the Ming general Qi JiKuang with traditional medical theory and taoist breathing techniques to form a unique yielding form of martial art.
Chen Style Tai Chi combines many principles of movement along with the cultivation or movement of chi. Chen style uses hard, soft, fast and slow movements to create a motion for offensive and defensive techniques. This is achieved while providing a method of promoting good health, preventing sickness, and reducing stress which provides greater potential for quietness. Chen Style contains strikes, parries, throws, seizing, sinking, rolling, pushing, dodging, jumping, and kicking. Most of the kicking and punching is unique as it involves an explosion that is unitarily connected. All techniques of Chen Style flow together and interact with each other.
Chen style Tai Chi movements are large and stretching, Footwork is brisk and steady, the body is naturally straight, the entire body controlled by internal energy. The exercise requires the close coordination between mind-intent, internal energy and the body. The outer appearance is an arc and the internal energy travels along the path of a spiral, the energy winds around so that the external action appears soft but corresponding internal action is hard.
- Keeping the head upright 虛領頂勁
- Keeping the body straight 立身中正
- Drop the shoulders and sink the elbow 鬆肩沉肘
- The chest curve inwards and the waist pressed forward. 含胸塌腰
- Sink the energy to the bottom 心氣下降
- Breath naturally 呼吸自然
- Relax the hip and keep the knees bent 松胯屈膝
- The crotch is arch shaped 襠勁開圓
- keep the mind pure and clear 虛實分明
- The top and bottom works together 上下相隨
- Adjust hardness and softness 剛柔相濟
- Alternate fast and slow 快慢相間
- The external shape is curved 外形走弧線
- The internal energy travels a spiral path 內勁走螺旋
- The body leads the hand 以身領手
- The waist is an axis 以腰為軸
The 18 Forms Of Chen Style Tai Chi
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Form 01 Preparing Form 太極起式
Form 02 Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar 金剛搗碓
Form 03 Lazy About Tying Coat 攬扎衣
Form 04 Six Sealing And Four Closing 六封四閉
Form 05 Single Whip 單鞭
Form 06 White Crane Spreads Its Wings 白鶴亮翅
Form 07 Walk Diagonally 斜行
Form 08 Brush Knee 摟膝
Form 09 Three Steps Forward 拗步
Form 10 Cover Hands And Strike With Fist 掩手肱捶
Form 11 High Pat On Horse 高探馬
Form 12 Kick With The Left Heel 左瞪一跟
Form 13 Jade Girl Works At Shuttles 玉女穿梭
Form 14 Wave Hands 雲手
Form 15 Turn Body With Double Lotus Kick 轉身擺蓮
Form 16 Cannon Fist Over Head 當頭砲
Form 17 Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar 金剛搗碓
Form 18 Finishing Form 收势
Notice: These videos are free, if you have internet in your home, you can easily learn and exercise at home. Before starting do some necessary warm-up and joint activities, and exercise for no more than 40 minutes. I hope everyone gets health and happiness from Tai Chi.
Some movements (form 10, 12, 13, 15, 16) I do fast however if your body is not soft enough, please do not copy me as that may hurt you, you can do slowly for you still good. If you hurt youself at home from the Tai Chi videos, Dao Harmony does not accept responsibility for any injury claims. All exercises are undertaken at your own risk.