Nov 20, 2011 Recent lessons from taijiquan class
My taijiquan (a.k.a. t’ai chi ch’uan) teacher Julian Chu is an altruistic hero, teaching taijiquan every Sunday morning at the Li-Ming Chinese Academy in Rockville, Maryland, and leading t’ai chi and push hands/ sensing hands practice during the summer in Carderock Park.
Today I learned the following at our weekly Sunday t’ai chi practice:
– The ch’I learned in taijiquan is different than the ch’i in the Tao Te Ching and in qigong.
– A fellow taiji student warns against grabbing and shouldering in taijiquan, which he says is too dangerous when the legs are stationery.
– Julian Chu talks of putting the opponent off balance by sinking down as the opponent is thusly lifted up. There is no down without up.
– In practicing lifting opponents by sinking down, my learned opponent showed me how to yield and neutralize it, and then to take off-balance the opponent. Doing so requires knowing the opponent’s intentions before it is too late to yield.