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Body Awareness 身灵 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

The essence of the second characteristic of Body Awareness prepares the body to be agile. Achieving an agile body requires firstly that we become able to maintain a Five Bows framework. This framework enables an efficiency of movement and prevents any part of our body from becoming locked. When we have an awareness of our body’s framework and we can maintain it while moving then we can begin to effectively use our internal force to guide the body.

Heart is Calm 心静 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

Regardless of your skill level as a beginner, intermediate or advanced tai chi practitioner or whether you’re practicing forms or push hands, “Go with your heart”. Start with your mind paying attention to the principle, then learn it as feeling that your body will always remember. Your ability to learn this principle is enhanced when you rid your body of tension to make room for calmness to settle into the body instead.  When this happens, your goal is achieved.

The Taijiquan Treatise Explained: Part 3 of 3 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

In the final two paragraphs of the treatise, it describes the end result of practicing tai chi correctly when following the principles which we’ve discussed in Parts 1 and 2 of this blog series. In these paragraphs tai chi as an internal art is compared to other martial arts which are based on external skills development. It lists some of the skills we want to refine and the common mistakes one makes on the journey of learning tai chi.

The Taijiquan Treatise Explained: Part 2 of 3 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

The second and third paragraphs from the treatise describe the Tai Chi learning stages and objectives. It is a good summary of the training goals. It helps to guide the student from a novice practitioner progressing all the way to a tai chi master. Learning is broadly categorized into 3 stages: familiarity with the moves; feeling or knowing the energy and spiritual illumination. Let’s explore how these stages work.