Our students receive an overall understanding which will help greatly in grasping the rationale, the logical structure, and the goals of the Form Instruction. However, this Overview, unlike most other tai chi overviews, does not repeat tired discussions of tai chi history and various family lineages. It jumps right into the technical aspects of internal discipline and classical tai chi. Every movement is a challenge and discovery for even the experienced tai chi practitioner.
Provides in-depth demonstrations and instruction on the techniques of using Internal Discipline to achieve internal movements and internal power mobilization. Students given ample examples and practice-moves to learn the techniques.
TAI CHI FORM INSTRUCTION
Tao of Martial Applications
(studied after students learn the Classical Tai Chi Form and can successfully demonstrate their competence with internal discipline)
Does Tai Chi do what it is supposed to?
In this article on health benefits, we have some independent, scientific proof that "Tai Chi" does what it is supposed to, even considering that the Tai Chi in question is not "internal". However, I have yet to see the talk of internal be anything other than vague and its route unexplained. Use of arms and legs to empower movement is not "internal". The hallmark of "internal" is the use of the torso to initiate and empower the movements of arms and legs. When the yin-yang junction is in the torso, it is an internal movement, when outside, it is external. In the torso the movements penetrate to deep levels, stimulating and invigorating organs and circulatory system. When considering that Classical Tai Chi is truly "internal" one might well say that it does what it is supposed to do very well indeed.
Internal Discipline is the most challenging aspect of learning Tai Chi.
The central element of the practice dictates how a movement should be made from the internal core of the body - the abdomen and the back - not from the external parts of the body, such as the arms and shoulders.
This discipline is essential to obtain the full benefits of Tai Chi. Without it the entire logical structure of Tai Chi disintegrates and can no longer be considered an internal martial art.
When Master Wu Chien Chuan taught Tai Chi to Young Wabu, Wu taught him the methodology of cultivating neigong through Internal Discipline. Wu learned the Tai Chi from his father who learned from the Yangs—without alteration (see FAQ). The Yangs learned the art from the Chens. Internal Discipline should be a common thread through all the classical tai chi forms. And is of particular importance when one wants to develop the full health benefits of Tai Chi and to learn martial arts applications of Tai Chi.
Young Wabu and Wu Chien Chuan and photograph taken in Hong Kong.