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One Tai Chi Student’s Perspective – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

I’ve been practicing Tai Chi for many years under Sifu Bao Sen Liang’s wise guidance. I have learnt and keep learning that beyond the mechanical form, his teachings help me relate better with my body, with my mind and with my surroundings. I find this extremely helpful for my physical health, my psychological well-being and my effectiveness at work. If you’re curious about tai chi and how it could help you, I would encourage you to try one of the school’s trial classes.

Vital Energy Focused 神聚 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

We start by practicing OPEN and CLOSE internal force by leveraging the predictable tai chi movements of forms.  Becoming proficient and achieving the focused surging of vital energy provides exponential health benefits for the mind, body and spirit when practicing tai chi.  When we can do this instantaneously at will and with gentle or subtle effort, we begin our journey to becoming one with nature and a spiritual master of tai chi.

Energy is Whole 劲整 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

Typically a practitioner who has acquired this skill will prove to be very stable and strong. When the release of energy is executed, the person can easily takeout a physically bigger and stronger opponent. When practitioners become proficient at using the whole body to store and release Jin, they reach new levels of understanding on how to access and engage the internal martial art aspects of tai chi.

Internal Force Converged 气敛 – Ji Hong Tai Chi Mississauga

Tai Chi Masters quickly gather converged internal force and use it in all their movements.  We all start with a first step though.  We all start by learning and experiencing the gathering of internal force or pressure at our dantian. Tai chi practitioners know this to be our qi or internal force. When we start learning how to converge our internal force, we experience an internal pressure.  We aim to converge the internal force to our dantian as the first step.

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.