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Chenjiagou(Chen Village) Taijiquan Training

Chenjiagou(Chen Village) Taijiquan Training

Many of you will have seen older folks in the gardens, parks, community centres and such, doing their slow gentle exercises in the mornings. Taijiquan (太tai,meaning big, 极ji means extreme 拳quan meaning fist or Tai Chi Chuan) nowadays is commonly practised with a very gentle and relaxed pace, such that it gives rise to the misunderstanding that this is what Taijiquan is all about. Then again, most old folks taiji (Tai Chi) as a form of gentle activity than as a martial art, which suits them just fine. Sadly, most so-called Taijiquan instructors lack a real understanding of its martial and health benefits. The original martial application has been left out, and Taijiquan as most will know it today has evolved into those competitive forms (Jing Sai Tao Lu) instead. These forms are mostly devoid of any combative elements and their primary focus is on aesthetic appearance! This is really, really sad.

Training Goal of CHEN VILLAGE TAIJIQUAN

The end goal is to achieve such a state of balance in the body that there is always a Peng Jing (expansion energy in every direction) inherent in every posture that it takes. And when the body is in motion, the movements should create a spiralling force arising from the Dantian Qi at the waist area. In order to cultivate strong Qi, beside being relax mentally and physically you need to have strong leg muscles, as they are the pillars of your body. Your legs form the foundation on which your body stands. The firmer the foundation, the stronger will be the force that you can exert. Hence, the most basic training goal is to develop your leg power, which will enable you to maintain your “bow-stance” at a fixed height throughout the routine, and so be able to root yourself into the ground.

 

Pushing Hands

Pushing hands is meant enhance your sensitivity to an opponent’s exertion of force. This is practised against another partner. One learns how to apply your body in directing your opponent’s energy in order to overcome them. The governing principle lies in “Using four ounces to overpower one thousand ounces”.

Weapons

Training in the use of weapons is usually not encouraged until you have attained a certain level of mastery in the Basic Old Form. Just for knowledge, the Chen Style weapons training include the Sword, Broadsword, Pole and Spear. The same Chan Si Jing or spiralling energy needs to be applied to the weapon and this takes a great deal of skill – that’s why you need to be well-versed in the Old Form first. The weapon has to be treated as an extension of your own body.

 

Internal Development

Your Qi is developed through regular practice. Slowly by slowly, depending on your rate of development into Taijiquan, your Qi will gradually build up. First, you notice it in the tips of your fingers where a feeling of numbness will occur as the blood rushes into them. At the next level, you should develop a prickling sensation in your hands like many needle pricks or ants’ bites. This is the beginning stage in the development of Qi. However, experiencing Qi in isolated areas as the hands or fingers and actually controlling your Qi through the various gateways of your body are worlds apart. The development is definitely incomplete!! There are further stages you need to progress through before you can even think of mastering your Qi. As our masters often advise us, you need to practice seriously and very hard in order to break through the different stages.

The specific development of the mind in using it to control the body is essential to Taijiquan. This is important in that you have control over your body just by using your mind’s intent.

Taijiquan is actually a highly refined science of the dynamics of the human body. It teaches not only self-discipline through the its mental focus, but it teaches the body to seek a state of optimal balance. In terms of Taijiquan, optimal balance means seeking a physical position (posture) which enables a person to achieve a maximal creation of power with the minimum of effort. This brings us back to the principle of “Using four ounces to overpower one thousand ounces”.

To All Beginners

CHEN STYLE TAIJIQUAN is a distinctively unusual pugilistic art, which deserves more study. It is definitely worth learning and you can start learning it at any time of your life. It is a holistic health regiment that everyone should be encouraged to build into their lives.

Generally, you will notice that your muscles and joints become stronger, suppler and you have better motor coordination.

Martial application Fair Lady Works on shuttles 玉女穿梭 用法

Martial application Fair Lady Works on shuttles 玉女穿梭 用法

This is one of the application for “Fair Lady Works on shuttles” in Chen Tai Chi Laojia or old frame, one of the oldest kata for Tai Chi.

 
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Martial application Fair Lady Works on shuttles.

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Why we call Chenjiagou Taijiquan and not Chen Style Tai Chi?

Why we call Chenjiagou Taijiquan and not Chen Style Tai Chi?

There are many variants of Chen Style Taijiquan being practised all over the world. Chen Style 56 movement-competition routine, Chen Style 83 movement, Chen Style 37 movement particular to the Beijing/Shanghai area just to name a few, Chen Practical Method etc. However most of these which are taught – are quite different in characteristic in comparison to what is passed down within Chenjiagou (Chen Village). So in order to differentiate ourselves from the commercialized (or ”sport”) versions out there, the “Chenjiagou” (Chen Village) tag is used here to single ourselves out, in deference as well as in concurrence with the wish of our teacher, Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai. 

In Chen Village, the following forms are practiced:
1) Laojia Yilu 72 movement (Old form first set)- This is the compulsory basic foundation for all beginners.

2) Laojia Erlu 59 movement (Old form second set)3) Xinjia Yilu 83 movement (New form first set)
4) Xinjia Erlu (New form second set)
5) Xiaojia (small frame)

In traditional training at Chenjiagou, only when one has at least 2 years plus of Laojia Yilu experience, the Master will then proceed to teach the students this routine.

New Class starting in Booragoon Melville Area

New Class starting in Booragoon Melville Area

Tai Chi Beginner class now in Leisurefit Booragoon.

Curriculum: Standing Pole Qigong or Basic Breathing Exercise, Silk Reeling Exercise and 5 Elements AKA 4 movements Old Frame.

Register now as the class will be limited to 12 participants. Hurry

Duration – 10 weeks

Thursday Class

Date starting :  27 Feb 2020

Tai Chi Beginner Class

Time:  6.45 pm to 7.45 pm (1 hour)

Venue: Leisurefit Booragoon, Group Fitness Room
Address: 521 Marmion St, Booragoon WA 6154

What to wear during your Tai Chi Class:
Your clothes should be loose and comfortable. preferably cotton.
The ideal practise shoes should:
1. Feel very comfortable and flexible.
2. Be light, with thin sole.
3. Have broad base support in the sole to help you balance.
4. Have shock absorbent pads in the sole to minimise injury. Please arrive early for the first session.

These Tai Chi Videos will show what you will be learning in the Tai Chi Beginner Class:

Tai Chi Beginner”s Curriculum: 8 Breath work Exercises, 10 Silk Reeling Exercises for meditation movement and an easy 5-Elements Routine (4 movements Old Frame). 

Save this video clip from youtube for your future reference, as this will be covered for the beginner class.

Wanting to improve your standard in Tai Chi? Put this in your practice!!!

Wanting to improve your standard in Tai Chi? Put this in your practice!!!

Acquiring internal energy first before your proficiency can be upgraded
So, what is internal energy?
First off, it is not brute strength. Rather, it is a vigor that emits through your external form from within. It can also be said that it is qi born from an aligned body structure paired to your breathing as well as your intent. Slow and deep breathing will help you to increase your body awareness or proprioception (perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.) When your proprioception or sense of body awareness has increased sufficiently, then you could progress to the important part – moving the entire body structure as a whole unit.

The Spiral Line, Myers, Thomas W. (2011). Anatomy Trains. London: Urban & Fischer.

13 Movements

Learn how to maintain a comfortable and healthy posture in motion, with our comprehensive class that goes through the most ancient and authentic Tai Chi movements. These movements are gears to make your body more flexible and agile.

When you have a degree of mastery over minute movements in your body, you will be able to target the fascia or connective tissues in the whole body. By focusing on puffing out yourself like a balloon and stretching out the skin each of your joints, you will be able to access the connective webbing just under the skin. and connective tissues that are located just under the skin. Imagine that your skin is a stretchable body suit you wear or that you are a human balloon. By continually stretching outwards and lengthening out, you will begin to develop control over your fascia as one of your most important sources of power. This is the main reason why all schools of Tai Chi require us to relax, or to “open or unblock the meridians” so to speak. In other words, we have to think about stretching out our fascia webbing all throughout, grounding, then releasing tension in order to gain access to our powerful fascial lines.

 

In Fascia :

“When one part moves, the body as a whole responds . Functionally , the only tissue that can mediate such responsiveness is the connective tissue.”

 

Tai Chi Classics: : 

“When one part moves, all parts move; the whole body responds”

Theme: Overlay by Kaira Movement Facilitation for Fluidity and Stability 
Ardross, WA, Australia