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Chen Style Taiji Practice

Sampling of Chen Style Forms and Practices

Chen Style Lao Jia Sword
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Chen Style Xin Jia Sabre
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Wuji Meditation

The standing meditation posture helps the student build a strong foundation for Taijiquan practice by calming the mind and relaxation of the body by deep breathing through the dantian. Standing practice is a good foundation for all Taijiquan styles.  It is said that the Taiji form movements are qigong containing stillness in motion....motion in stillness. 

 

Chan su jin Silk reeling exercises

These series of spiraling movements are used to develop basic strengths and coordination to practice Taijiquan. The spiral movements open up and exercise the 18 major joints in sequence from the head to the ankles. There are more than 30 movements and are unique to Chen Style Taijiquan.

 

Lao jia (Yi lu) old frame first form

This is the basic form and fundamental building block for postures. This basic form of 75 movements the same as handed down from Master Chen Qingzhou (19th generation) to my teacher Master Wong Wai Yi (20th Generation) . The traditional old frame (Taiji Gongfu ) frame is the oldest version of Chen style taijiquan. Sifu Qingzhou has practiced and taught this traditional Chen style form for over 30 years just as he learned it from Grandmaster Chen Zhaopei. The form is graceful, elegant and at the same time powerful with its stomps, strikes and kicks. Consistent practice of the form will improve the student's stamina, leg strength and sense of balance. In addition to its martial aspects, the moving meditation level of the art will help the practitioner re-energize from the stresses of modern life.

 

Chen Shi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan 48 Form

The Chen-Style 48 Taijiquan Form is derived from the Xin Jia Chen Taijiquan First Form (the 83-posture Yi Lu) compiled by Feng Zhiqiang, the 18th generation master of Chen-style Taijiquan. The 48 Form contains approximately 95% of the First Form combined with a few postures from the Second Form (the 71-posture Er Lu or "Cannon Fist"). This combination gives a more yin and yang balance to the form. Within this form are influences from Feng Zhiqiang's martial arts background prior to his study of Chen Taijiquan. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiangs prior martial arts background gives the 48 form, a new character to the Chen Style Form in terms of application and transition.

www.chenzhonghua.com/Hunyuan/hunyuan_system.htm

 

The Eight Energies

The fundamental taijiquan movements in solo form. The eight energies: peng, lu, ji, an, cai, leh, zhou, kao. These are the 8 (gates) essential actions contained in all taijiquan forms. The 8 gates coupled with the 5 steps provide fundamental taijiquan movements. 

  • peng - rising or up
  • lu - sideways
  • an - down
  • ji - forward or press
  • cai - pluck
  • leh - splitting
  • zhou - elbow

Hunyuan Qigong

Breath exercises to reduce mental stress and tension, to improve one's concentration and immune system, to cultivate internal qi. A fundamental practice for Chen Shi Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan and a good foundation for all martial arts.

 

Hunyuan gigong practice cultivates and nutures additional qi in the dantian by storing and mixing post-natal qi and pre-natal qi.

Post-natal qi is inherited at birth; post-natal qi surrounds us in our environment at all times.

 

Auxillary Practices

Aikido 31 Staff (jo) kata to develop qi flow, hand-eye coordination and footwork. Use of the wooden aikido staff both in solo and partner practice improves hand-eye coordination, timing and intuition. www.misogi-aikido.com/jokata.htm

Falling Cherry Blossoms
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