Why is Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) moving so slowly?

The best difinition I come across so far from this newsgroup rec.martial-arts‘s

“The goal of moving slowly is to insure correct attention is paid to proper
body mechanics and the maintenance of the prerequisite relaxation.

“The goal of training is to cultivate a kind of “whole body”
power. This refers to the ability to generate power with the entire
body, making full use of one’s whole body mass in every movement.
Power is always generated from “the bottom up,” meaning the powerful
muscles of the legs and hips serve as the seat of power. Using the
strength of the relatively weaker arms and upper body is not

It also touched on the goal of push hand:

“The goal of two person training is
to develop sensitivty to the point that one may avoid the opponent’s
power and apply one’s own whole body power wher the opponent is most
vulnerable. One must cultivate the ability to “stick” to the opponent,
smothering the others’ power and destroying their balance. Finally,
the formal combat techniques must be trained until they become a
reflexive reaction. “

That is why I don’t understand Push Hand competition, as push hand is part of training curiculum and different schools/styles have different Push Hand routine. In order to benefit from Push Hand training, both have to learn the same push hand routine and from there, try out the different techniques (Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lei, Zhou, Koa etc..)

2006 Chen Tai Chi Workshop by Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai

Push Hand Workshop April 2006.

Beginners 5 Element Workshop April 2006.

At the Houghton Vineyard.

Doing some wine tasting.

Enjoying a home-cooked meal by Grandmaster Zhu.

Click here to view a short snippet of the Workshop – Enjoy!  Please be patient as it takes a while to load.


A deep thank you to all who have attended the Workshop and Push Hand course. For those who have not been able to attend, we do hope to see you next year.

What a whirlwind round of training it has been!  It has been a very tough training for some!  But our teacher, Grandmaster Zhu has commented that he is impressed and happy that everyone has stuck it out so well and with so much spirit despite the intensity of the training sessions.  Don’t stop. Keep up the practice as it will resolve all the muscle cramps and aches, painful as it may be.

We hope that everyone has enjoyed the training with Grandmaster Zhu and have gained a deeper insight into Taijiquan.


Grandmaster Zhu is pleased with the spirit that everyone has displayed and has told us that he wants to teach the Taiji San Shou or 42 Fa Jing next year.  That is going to be pretty intense as you will have to execute explosive bursts of force 42 times!

So, for his intended trip back here in Perth next year, we hope that we can continue to have your support. 

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Training Advice for Chenjiagou Taijiquan By CHEN XIAO WANG

Training Advice for Chenjiagou Taijiquan


Translated by Bu See Min Jasmine.  Kindly send us a request through our contact form or e-mail if you would like to publish this article in part or in full.

Learning Chenjiagou Taijiquan is similar to learning other forms of sports.  There are some basic facts and training requirements which will be helpful to know.  I hope that what I have delineated below will benefit all who love learning Taijiquan.

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How to Condition your body to do the Splits in Taijiquan

Basically, you have to condition your body by doing stretches.  Yes, stretches!   Below is a very comprehensive stretch routine that you can follow.  These are very good for doing those splits in Taijiquan, like the diecha.   Please take note of the following:

  1. DON’T do stretches more than once per day
  2. DO rest 20 seconds after each stretch
  3. DON’T stretch to the point of intense pain!  Take care that you do not pull (or tear) your muscles.
  4. And very IMPORTANT before you begin, please, please, please don’t forget  to warm-up your body before performing any of these exercises!!! 
  5. Please do the stretches in the order given above.  This is important because the stretch routine attempts to stretch a muscle fully before using that muscle to sustain a following stretch.

Here goes :
   1. lower back stretches
   2. sitting buttock stretch
   3. groin & inner-thigh stretch
   4. standing calf stretch
   5. standing hamstring stretch
   6. standing inner-thigh stretch
   7. quadricep stretch
   8. sitting L-shaped stretch

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Special Training Retreat with Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai


Do you want to participate in a special 1-week, intensive training program with Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai?

Do you want to experience training the old-fashioned way?

Do you want to get up close and personal with Grandmaster Zhu Tian Cai?  In fact, you’ll be staying with him for the duration of your training and will be having your meals with him!

Yes?  Then read on …

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The Origin of Lao Jia (Old Frame), Xiao Jia (Small Frame) and Xin Jia (New Form)

Translated by Bu See Min Jasmine. Kindly send us a request through our contact form or e-mail if you would like to publish this article in part or in full, and please don’t forget to include our url/website address.

Jas: I have tried to retain my teacher’s original voice and style as closely as possible, and I hope I have succeeded to some measure here.  However, I do welcome your kind critique so I can keep on improving to write better articles for you!  Also, he frequently reverts to classical martial idioms which defy literal translation that I have tried to de-mystify and re-couch simply.  Still, I have to say that these phrases like 一动无有不动,一静无有不静”, “灵活运用,随其自然”, “柔转刚发” etc, these are best exemplified in a face-to-face demonstration of thier actual application by a qualified instructor. It’s difficult to delineate these where, yi zhao ke bian bai zhao (one move can become hundreds of moves/appplications) – from one single chan si lu, you can move into quite a few chin na locks, kao, lie or a cai.

New Frame

Old Frame

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