It’s simple. Be consistent.
Turn up to the training sessions with your instructor every week.
Practice your Tai Chi whenever you can on the days that you don’t attend your Tai Chi class.
The more regular you practice and the more consistent you are, the faster your progress will be.
The famous Tai Chi Chuan Master, Yang Cheng Fu set out a number of fundamental principles or essentials for the effective practice of Tai Chi Chuan.
In his introduction to his classic book, ‘The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan’ Yang Cheng Fu stated:
‘Generally speaking, there are thirteen important points in taijiquan. These are: sink the shoulders and drop the elbows; contain the chest and pull up the back; the qi sinks to the dantian; an intangible energy lifts the crown of the head; loosen the waist and kua; distinguish empty and full; upper and lower follow one another; use mind intent, not strength; inner and outer are united; intention and qi interact; seek stillness in movement; movement and stillness are united; and proceed evenly from posture to posture.
These thirteen points must be attended to in each and every movement. One cannot neglect the concept of these thirteen points within any of the postures.’
Click here to find out more about each of Yang Cheng Fu’s essentials of Tai Chi Chuan.
Done properly, the movements of Tai Chi should flow smoothly and continuously throughout the entire form. There should be no pauses or breaks between the movements.
The form should flow like a river from beginning to end.
However, when you first learn a Tai Chi form you do so one move at a time. This method of learning can lead to a way of thinking about the movements as separate. This thinking creates a natural tendency to pause for a brief movement between each of a form’s movements.
One way to break this down and to make your form flowing and continuous is to imagine each move ‘melting’ into the next.
The Ten Thousand Things is a site all about Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong. When I first started out learning Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong, I began to search the internet for information and advice and what I found disappointed me. There are some really great sources of information out there but these gems are often hidden amongst a mass of very poor information.
My goal in developing The Ten Thousand Things is to create the website that I would have wanted to see as a student of Tai Chi Chuan. A site that brings together the very best knowledge and information about Tai Chi, Qi Gong and other Chinese internal martial arts and puts it in one easily accessible place just for you.