Taiji Art of Relaxation and Breathing (TARB) is a self-cultivating exercise as well as a warm-up exercise for Taijiquan. As a self-cultivating exercise, TARB can be practiced independently. Recommend... More > doing TARB at least one time every day. Doing TARB provides fundamentals of relaxation, gravitation, balance, and qi soaring, promoting longevity, curing chronic illness, and improving health. As a warm-up exercise, TARB trains the practitioners to intentionally master the above fundamentals throughout Taijiquan solo and/or defense-offense applications.< Less
Name list for routines of Chenjiagou's old frame and new frame taijiquan, and of Shanghai's "dragon park" frame. Chinese characters, pinyin pronunciation, and English translation. Prepared... More > by Andrea Falk.< Less
This is a Chinese martial arts primer on using taiji, xingyi and baguaquan principles for throwing an opponent. It represents over 40 years of experience on the author's part, and it is packed with... More > useful knowledge. There are lineage charts, an extensive bibliograhy, index and glossary. The last chapter has descriptions of 37 applications detailed in over 100 photos of throwing techniques. Master Chen Yun-ching of Taiwan has written the forward.
One chapter compares and contrasts Yang Family and Chen Pan-ling taijiquan forms; another sets out leverage-to-resistance principles; another shows how to use the Ba Men or Eight Gates; another explains the use of Silk Reeling Qigong for martial purposes; another explains the pre- and post-heaven bagua patterns as overlaid by the Lo River Map; another deals with san shou free fighting strategies; another sets out a series of exercises to use in training.< Less
Gem Taijiquan contains the refined moves of the traditional Yang’s routine. It’s steps are compacted and can be performed indoor or outdoor. The gesture graciously stretches the limbs of... More > the body. The martial art techniques in Gem Taijiquan are strong but embedded in gentleness. The routine is easy to learn, and fun to perfect. The solo portion is suitable for young and senior alike. Regularly practicing Gem Taijiquan helps to meditate the mind, relaxes the body, maintains balance, promotes qi, therefore prolong life, curing sickness, amplifying health, and self-cultivating the practitioner. Deep breathing massages the inner organs, generates qi, and qi overflow meridian and whole body. Breathing can be synchronized with the moves. The combination of inner organ massaging and physical body motion multiplies the benefit of the exercise. Focus the mind to the implementation of the moves.< Less
Taijiquan is a martial art of spring boxing. Taiji spring is adept to detect the motion of the opponent, is supple and stable in defense, and is hurling effective in offense. Taiji spring boxing... More > materializes the ethic of Taijiquan. The spring introduces a cushion between the two opponents in a collision, therefore reducing the possibility of local deformation and prevents anyone from getting hurt. To achieve the art of spring boxing is to cultivate relaxation and nimbleness. In turn the relaxation and nimbleness help to open the meridian, therefore allowing the Qi and blood to move freely. It is an effective self-cultivation method. The strategies of Taijiquan are connecting, linking, sticking , and following. The fighting techniques of Taijiquan are bouncing, diverting, squeezing, pressing, grabbing, lateraling, elbowing, and crushing. While the footworks of Taijiquan are forward, backward, leftward, rightward, and balancing.< Less