Posts Tagged ‘taiji video clip’
This one is in here for curiosity’s sake. This guy is clearly very athletic, and the stances are brutally low. He is clearly a professional at this and as such is someone to observe and learn from, rather than someone you should emulate, that is unless you yourself are a Taijiquan professional. His movements are very smooth and he is moving from centre in a way that I’ve not seen in someone so young for a long time (he could be older than he looks by the way. Hard to tell with these Taiji people sometimes!) You don’t need to be anywhere NEAR this good to get a lot of good health benefits from Taiji.
As it happens, whilst being able to do this is really great, you won’t be able to do this forever. Just watch some of the video clips of old masters doing Taiji or Bagua and their stances are nowhere near this low. If you go back to the Bagua video clip of Master Sun, you’ll note that you d0n’t need to have stunning flexibility and gymnastic skill to be good at the internal arts.
At is happens this dude has both, and lots of it too.
Whilst it is ironic to post a Ba Gua video on a Taiji site, this video is really rather illuminating. Sun Zhi Jun is the teacher of Jing Li, one of our teachers and friends. It is interesting to note that despite his age, and the complexity of the movement, Master Sun still moves from his centre and all his movement are obviously relaxed and powerful.
What I find most instructive about this video, however, is the fact that it is possible to move like that. It may take years to achieve, but it is possible to flow like that, and to be in such good shape when you’re that old. I find it rather inspiring actually
OK, the first slightly tricky bit in the Taijiquan form. This next lesson on the Yang Taiji 24 is structured as a “Watch Me, Follow Me, Show Me” lesson as two separate videos, as we promised in the TWBI post.
In the spirit of keeping this as simple as possible, we’ve left the footwork detail to the next lesson so we don’t pack too much information into one lesson. If this is all new to you, or even if it’s not try out the learning technique on this Taijiquan posture.
The Watch Me Bit
The Follow Me Bit
The Show Me Bit
For this bit, you can practise quietly by yourself or if you feel adventurous, film yourself and send us a clip. We’d love to see how you’re getting on.
As promised, the link to Standing Meditation Lessons
The main thing that makes Taijiquan an “internal” (as opposed to external) pursuit is feeling. As you practise, the feelings that you get within your body tell you whether you are doing it right, and more importantly, tell you if there is something within your body that needs to be healed (such as an injured back or dodgy knee). This internal awareness isn’t just limited to the physical, it can also be emotional or mental (You’ll know what we mean if you’ve read the post about the infinite onion) and allowing yourself to feel these things being there is key to Taijiquan skill, healing and all those goodies we know and love.
If you’re at a bit of a loss as to how to go about starting to feel what’s going on inside your body, you can do standing meditation, or as another exercise, just take a look at your breath. What does your breath feel like? Is it tense, is it too fast, too slow, uncomfortable, does it feel restricted, is it even comfortable when you breathe? It’s a great place to start,and once you get the idea of how to feel inside your body, you can start to develop it to feel what goes on when you’re practising Taiji, or when you’re just hanging out at home.
You already know the next bit of the Taijiquan form. After having done Part The Wild Horse’s Mane for the first time, you repeat it twice more so that you end up with your left leg forward. This bit is a fairly straightforward bit of the Yang Taiji 24, as you have done all of the movements already, but we put it in so that you could have a video to “join the dots” on your Taijiquan instruction.
First, an apology.. this was supposed to head up the video log posts on This Week’s Big Idea (It’s relaxation) and I got my knickers in a bit of a twist and posted the standing meditation one first.
No matter, tension is an ongoing problem in the practise of Taijiquan, and will probably continue to be so for your entire Taijiquan career. If you’d like to know why, check out part 2 of why relaxation is an infinite onion.
In this post, we’ll give you some tips on ideas you can use for standing practise beyond the very simple (but still very effective) exercise that we’re going through in the Standing Meditation lessons.