The following are notes from Dr. Bobbert’s research on the “teachers” of older aspects of Tai Chi.

 Nuisances of Tai ChiTo play in a symphony

  • Learn to read Music
  • Learn the parts and “fingering” of an instrument
  • Learn Harmony and melody

Then you follow the guidance of a conductor who helps squeeze the nuisances from the printed page into the player and the instruments in concert with the feelings and understanding of an audience.

 

So too Tai Chi has many “nuisances” to be explored for a lifetime

Your teacher is your conductor who can speed up the life long process.

 

It is not the hands.

It is the feet.

It is not the feet.

It is the body.

It is not the body.

It is the mind

Now sit down

And forget everything.

3 parts of Tai Chi

  • Learn the techniques of movement
  • Breathing  (gi gong) as in moving meditation
  • One continuous flowing movement with no thinking

 

Without breath

  • Visualization gi gong
  • Mind-induced gi gong
  • Motion-induced qi gong as in Tai Chi
Uses of Large Form – Compact Form       (Much like in Aikido Advancing to smaller movements)You start learning the large movements and then you master the small movements that are the most important.

Treasures to Uncover

Internal Discipline  -CORE MOVEMENTS

  • Turning   (Using the whole body)
  • Folding  (moving one entire side of body; arm, torso, leg as a unit.)
  • Lift Leg  (using abdominal and back  muscles while relaxed)
  • Stances – (What they accomplish)
  • Hand Push – Mobilizing the abdominal and back muscles to push out from stationary movement
  • Core Muscles
  • Exploding Bow
An early master wrote:  “the ultimate purpose of learning Tai Chi was ‘ to live forever in the spring season of your life.”
Yin and Yang  Significance to Tai Chi practioners and the “Forms”YinYang conundrumPower of pause – Relaxing between movementsExploding Power Everything in the universe exists in an opposite and complementary pairs.  “Every movement in Tai Chi has 2 complementary parts of body movement
Anticipation and Concept of “going along ”Do not let a fly land on your shoulder.”
Historyof Tai Chi – Effects on practioners

 


 

Uncovering the Treasures of Classic Tai Ch*i Larry C. Bobbert, Ed. D

 

Using internal movement to direct external motionUsing waist and spine to initiate and empower movements of the arms and legsMobilizing power of body core for Tai Chi movententsGenerate internal energy and internal energy circulation  Mental discipline needed to focus attention/concentratioin on core region.Upper/lower  yang/yin
Push Hands 

  • learning to “feel” opponent
  •  integrating in martial applications
Learning the art of calligraphy

  • Learn to write Print form
  • Learn to write cursive
Developing sensitivity to the sensation of body’s feedback

  • Pelvic lift
  • Smile
  • Gaze and Smile – relaxed face
  • Preserving and
Command, Control, Sensitivity
Developing   Benefits of 3 Forms

  • Mobilizing energy resources optimally
  • Coordinating Core muscles
  • Every aspect of Tai Chi Form practices must satisfy

2 requirements simultaneously

  • Be useful Martial Art Application
  • Have health benefits

 

“Store energy like a fully drawn bow,  release energy like releasing an arrow.”
Transitions – Understanding the Tai Chi balland what happens between postures.
Yi – “martial Art intention”  – application of movementsYi becoming subconscious Developing ones own thinking.
Classic Chinese Tai Chi walk

  • Core power for leg movements
  • Keeping center of gravity
  • Pulling as apposed to pushing the body
Forward and backward movements
Video – integrating Video in training
Internet – post assignments, suggested reading and links of a Tai Chi web page – linked to and from Ronin Bushido Aikido

 

Check out the book UNCOVERING THE TREASURES by Stephen Hwa   ISBN  1449917895