What is Tai Chi Dantian Internal Rotation ?

The earliest reference to Dantian can be found in the "Huangting Jing," an important Taoist scripture comprising the "Inner View" and "Outer View" sections. It is believed to have been transmitted by the famous female Taoist practitioner Wei Huacun during the Western Jin Dynasty. The "Huangting Jing" first introduces the concept of "three Dantian": "Breathe into the Dantian between the hut and the palace," "Within the Dantian, the essence and qi are subtle," "Stand in the Ming Hall and look at the Dantian to open the gate of life." The text emphasizes the significance of the Lower Dantian, stating, "With essence or fetus, handle both sides, core and child combine to extend life and brilliance."

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The Practice and Principles of Shaking Long Pole  in Internal Martial Arts

The practice of shaking the Long  pole (Dǒu Gǎn) in internal martial arts has its origins in ancient spear techniques. During the era of cold weapons, long spears were generally over eight feet long. In martial arts families, when teaching their disciples, they would first learn the techniques of the medium-sized and circular spears. In the north, white waxwood poles were used, while in the south, they used rattan poles. Only after achieving a certain level of skill were they allowed to use the big spear. Before the Ming Dynasty, the Sha Family Pole and Yang Family Big Spear were both very demanding in terms of skill. Often, when their spear skills were accomplished, they would also have developed the whole-body coordinated power, making it easier to practice techniques like hand strikes.

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How to Change Force in Internal Martial Arts ?

To transition from External Martial Arts to Internal Martial Arts, one needs to change the way force is utilized. As Huang Baijia said: "Zhang Sanfeng excelled in Shaolin and then transformed to Internal Martial Arts. This is known as Internal Martial Arts. If you grasp either of these, it is enough to surpass Shaolin." The phrase "transform to Internal Martial Arts" means converting the external muscular strength to internal power. However, even in different stages of training in Internal Martial Arts, there is still a need to change the way force is used.

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How is the force of a punch generated?

There are various methods to obtain force in martial arts, but they can be summarized into three main types: static force, dynamic force, and a combination of both static and dynamic force. For example, Muay Thai and boxing belong to the dynamic force type, while Tai Chi, Xingyi Quan, and Baguazhang belong to the static force type and the combination of static and dynamic force. Of course, the distinction between dynamic and static force is not absolute; it simply refers to the emphasis on either dynamic or static aspects in the pursuit of force, resulting in distinct training styles and technical characteristics.

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The Essentials of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan explained by Tai Chi Master Wang Yongquan

The fundamental characteristics of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan are natural, gentle, and graceful, making the practitioner feel comfortable during the movements. When practicing Tai Chi, one should focus on demonstrating the features of relaxation, stability, slowness, and evenness. On this basis, gradually learn to use internal energy, achieving a state of relaxation, expansiveness, connectivity, and emptiness.

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Must Reads Tai Chi Grandmasters Discuss Push Hands Techniques

Push hands is the practical application of Tai Chi. Learning push hands is equivalent to learning to sense energy. Once you have a sense of energy, understanding energy becomes easier. Therefore, the general principle of "from understanding energy to reaching the realm of spiritual illumination" is undoubtedly rooted in push hands.

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