What is the Story behind the Creation of the Taiji Symbol?


The chinese Yin Yang symbol aka Taiji Symbol is by now synomymous with Taijiquan. You would never believe it but the Taiji symbol was not an aribitrary symbol birthed out of someone’s imagination. It was actually plotted from the shadow of a pole stuck in the ground as the sun rotated. The contrasting light and dark portions actually denote seasonal changes on the earth.

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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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Can Taiji be considered an Aerobic Exercise?

We were part of a exercise physiology study conducted for a thesis.  Below are the findings which came out of the study, reproduced here with the kind permission of Ms Lye Yin Fong.  It is an extremely interesting read.  For those of you who have always had a niggling doubt about the actual physical benefits of keeping up a daily practice of Taijiquan, this is something for your mind to chew over.


HR : Heart Rate

HRR : Heart Rate Reserve

VO2 : Oxygen Uptake, or maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max)

RPE : Ratings of Perceived Exertion

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