Exactly one year ago I published this blogpost to announce my book The Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary!And I am happy to say that I think it is a success. Many other Tai Chi and Qi Gong bloggers wrote about it (here, here, here, here, here).
If you read my blog regularly (there is a new post at least every Friday), you might know that I struggle with Tai Chi Pushing Hands (Tui Shou). And I know that a lot of people just keep saying “keep doing it” and “you only learn about it by doing it”, I am the kind of gal who likes a book. Of course I had a look at all the Tai Chi Push Hands books. If I want to conquer a topic, I get myself a book. Continue reading →
Some days ago I changed my opinion about Qi sensations (Ba Chu). Since I started practicing Taijiquan and Qi Gong more than a decade ago, I did not want to talk about Qi sensations. Whenever people talked about it, I tried to not listen. I was afraid that if I would listen to other people’s experiences and Qi feelings, I would feel the same. I was afraid that I would kind of “make up” those feelings for myself. As if I would only feel it because I heard someone else talk about it.
What I like about Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is that even when we practice different forms and squabble over how to do them correctly, the underlying principles are the same for everyone. The 10 Tai Chi principles are the very basic principles. And they are the same for EVERYONE practicing Yang style Tai Chi.
These Yang style Tai Chi principles where transmitted orally from Yang Chengfu (楊澄甫; 1883-1936) to his student Chen Weiming (陈微明; 1881-1958). And luckily, Chen Weiming wrote down the principles and they where then published in the book “T’ai-chi ch’üan shu” (The art of T’ai-chi ch’üan; 太 極 拳 術) in 1925.
One of the most-known forms is probably the Yang style Tai Chi 108 form. And to make it confusing for us pracitioners, it has many names: Tai Chi 108 form, 105 form, 103 form, 85 form, 150 form 94 form, 88 form or just: Tai Chi long form.
The number actually depends on how you count the different moves. My current teacher counts the Yin-Yang-phases and says that there are 169 phases! So I guess one could call the long Yang form the 169 form, if he wanted to. Or if you count repeated movemens just once (e.g. “repulse monkey”), you end up with a lower movement count.