The Difference between Qi Gong and Tai Chi .

While both practices aim to improve health and well-being through the manipulation of qi, they differ in their approach and execution. Tai chi is characterized by its flowing, sequence-based movements that engage the whole body, making it akin to a comprehensive workout that integrates the mind, body, and spirit. In contrast, qi gong focuses on specific exercises that target particular health issues or objectives, resembling a series of exercises for particular parts of the body or energy systems.

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Push hands is not real combat, nor is it about determining who is superior or inferior.

hroughout the current Tai Chi Push Hands competitions and daily exchanges, some Tai Chi enthusiasts, during the push hands process, do not progress from easy to difficult and strictly follow the principles and techniques of Tai Chi. Instead, they start off by being overly competitive, eager to push their opponent away. As a result, their techniques are rough, monotonous, stiff, and forceful, lacking in technical content and the aesthetic movement of Tai Chi. Furthermore, some enthusiasts are narrow-minded and demean others. There is a lack of respect among some masters and fellow disciples, leading to disparagement of others to elevate oneself, resulting in disharmony and affecting unity and the exchange and improvement of martial arts skills. Such malpractices should be avoided by our generation.

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Three Core Secret of Tai CHi Practicing

Tai Chi Chuan is globally recognized as the foremost martial arts style, epitomizing the quintessence of Chinese martial arts. It ranks among the three major internal schools of martial arts in China—Tai Chi Chuan, Xing Yi Quan, and Bagua Zhang. As a vessel and emblem of traditional Chinese culture, Tai Chi Chuan manifests and interprets the wisdom of traditional Chinese philosophy through the physical form.

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Important Tai Chi’s relaxation techniques

Relaxation as a part of practicing Tai Chi's internal skills is very crucial in the whole training process. Without understanding what relaxation is, how to relax, the role of relaxation in internal training, the purpose of relaxation, the principles of relaxation, etc., it is impossible to practice true internal Tai Chi. As the master stated in his writings: "Practicing Tai Chi, one never goes beyond the word 'relax'. If there's a bit of tension, or a part that's not relaxed, one will never achieve mastery." What then is relaxation? The dictionary defines it as "the state of being free from tension and mental stress." For example, to relax. The master emphasized the essence of relaxation both mentally and spiritually in his writings. That is: mentally, one should maintain tranquility and nurture the spirit, then the strength will naturally be reserved. When the fist moves, never forget to maintain purity and relaxation so that wisdom can grow; guided by mental consciousness, the body should gradually achieve maximum relaxation. Daily imbue the spirit of relaxation, and over time, one will achieve true relaxation; in terms of standards for relaxation, it is required not just mentally and physically, but also in joints and sinews, to be thoroughly relaxed and penetrable, to the extent that not a single thread can withstand external force, completely free of distractions. From the dictionary and the master's writings, it's clear that to properly practice Tai Chi's relaxation technique, one must start with mental (conceptual) relaxation, to correctly grasp the key to relaxation, and step by step, practice the relaxation technique deeply.

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Is Tai Chi really difficult to practice? What is the hardest part to learn?

Ancient Tai Chi manuals clearly state that all movements in Tai Chi are formed in response to the opponent's actions, thus lacking the fancy, bizarre, and complex proactive skills found in some external martial arts. In this sense, Tai Chi is actually simple and easy to learn. However, even the simplest actions can be challenging. For example, who can't walk? Everyone thinks walking is simple, but tightrope walking is essentially walking. How many people in the world can walk on a tightrope hundreds of meters high above a canyon? Hence, walking also involves difficulty and tricks.          Indeed, no matter how clear and straightforward the principles and techniques of any skill in the world, learning it involves difficulty and tricks; mastering any skill to a high level is even more challenging. Learning Tai Chi is naturally difficult and requires tricks, and for the average person, the difficulty can be quite substantial, even insurmountable for some, hence the saying, "Many practice, but few succeed." Can this situation be changed? Of course.

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The root of rootlessness, the form of formlessness, is indeed the best realm of Tai Chi!

The "Classic of Boxing" states, "Its root is in the feet, issued through the legs, directed by the waist, and expressed in the fingers." This indicates that the root is in the feet, with the axis in the waist. The waist being the axis shows that Tai Chi is a circular movement, and it's a three-dimensional spherical movement. The rolling of a sphere, where every contact point on the sphere can neutralize the opponent's force, leading the opponent into emptiness, and can strike the opponent, making it impossible for them to defend.       Those who practice Tai Chi have this experience, such as when lifting the cat step or splitting the leg, the contact point on the solid foot transitions from the little toe to the big toe, then to the inner side of the heel, and finally, when it lands on the outer side, the center of gravity is the most stable, and lifting the empty foot is the lightest. If the toes grip the ground fixedly without change, it will inevitably become rigid and lose balance. This is true for lifting the foot as well as for issuing force, practicing boxing, playing hands, and pushing hands techniques, all requiring the yin and yang movement of the soles of the feet. When the body is in motion, how can the center of gravity on the soles of the feet remain unchanged? Relaxed, resilient, with the skill of using minimal force to move a great weight, all require taking advantage of opportunities and situations, being agile and circular, to truly understand energy.

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Learn Tai Chi Basic Required to Defend Against Opponents

  Mental Aspect "When two people engage in combat, each harbors a desire to win. They quickly engage and strike with bravery, similar to an eagle swooping into a chicken yard. The fists must display imposing might from all directions, feet must tread the central earth, looking down on the opponent as if no one else exists. Dominate with spirit, conquer with skill, respond to the enemy with action, exhale with noise, disrupt the enemy's intentions, and bolster our own momentum. Head must butt, hands must strike, body must press, steps must surpass, feet must kick, spirit must intimidate, and breath must assault. Actions must be spirited, every move precise. Practice with emotion, use with inherent form. Aim for 'internal spirit, external ease.' Calm the mind, consolidate the breath, gather the spirit. A calm mind keeps the breath from rising, maintaining a good state of relaxed and sinking form. Consolidating breath prevents spirit from leaking, creating a profound momentum. When exerting force, this increases strength

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