Provides 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 moment 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)
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.
Tai Chi is known historically as an internal martial art with a legendary reputation of cultivating Neigong or Internal Energy and thereby achieving exceptional health benefits. Unfortunately, this art has been lost in most modern tai chi teaching.
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