Taiji : 膝盖

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Taiji Flow 太极流学

24式简化太极拳 表演者: 邱惠芳 (世界太极冠军)

Seldom see the Taiji music starts and ends just nice as the 套拳.

观摩名家表演叫”流学” (流动学拳), 注意他们的:

1. 脚一虚一实: 阴阳变化, 没有双重 (即 双脚皆实)
2. 手虚实: 阴阳变化 (正反手掌)
3. 三尖: 鼻尖, 膝尖, 脚尖成一条线 (例: 上步七星)
4. 气势: 一气贯之

太极={0,1}
太极 = {阴, 阳}

如果没有阴阳(虚实), 就不是太极拳!

请欣赏大师 吴英华 ( 吴鉴泉女儿)  – 吴式太极 

Wu style Taichi performed by the master Wu Yinhua (daughter Of Master Wu JianQuan, the Wu Taiji founder)

 

 

American Taiji 美国太极

Taichi (American wrong pronunciation) or Taiji (Beijing pronunciation):

This American shifu (师傅 Master) adapts the Taiji with western teaching. He summaries his experience in his own simple rules: Smile; Conserve your curve, flow, open / close the door…, rather than using the abstract Chinese teaching of relax (松), breathing (dantian 丹田) etc, which even a Chinese cannot understand.

I like the way the American shifu praises “great, excellent, beautiful” to encourage his clumsy students during the class. If he were a Chinese shifu, the students would hear “wrong 错!错!, not this way 不是这样...” plus a knock on the head; or if he were a French shifu, then you would get sarcastic remarks “mon dieu, idiot, …” 🙂

He only teaches 1 form 招势 (Grasping the Bird’s Tail 揽雀尾 ) out of many other forms (8, 13, 24, 32, 42, 48, 88, 108 forms depends on which style of Taiji: Chen 陈, Yang 杨, Wú (alias Goh) 吴, Sun 孙)。

Note: Chen style was the original inventor of Taiji 400 years ago at the end of 16th Century Ming dynasty. Yang stole it from Chen family’s secretive Taiji (watch video 偷拳) , simplified it and spread it in Beijing, and through his students Wu (Goh) and the later’s student Sun, to whole China and the world today.

Notes:

Grasping the Bird’s Tail 揽雀尾

Lao gong: 劳宫

Wu Wei 无为 : Effortless Effort (from Lao Zi 老子)

Where the mind goes, the qi (chi) follows : 意到气到 (\yi dao qi dao)

Below is a demonstration of the complete 24 Simplified Yang Style Taiji (简化24式杨氏太极拳) by the World’s Taiji Champion Ms Wu (Goh) Amin 吳阿敏.

Note: From 01:45 mins to 02:05 mins in the video she showed the form “Grasping the Bird’s Tail” 揽雀尾 :

Take a look at the original Chen style Taiji which is more forceful and combative for battle use: