My mentor, Chen Xiaowang, is a renowned Tai Chi master of our times. His mastery of Tai Chi Chuan is intricate and profound, with a unique and deep philosophy. He is also a person of humility and high moral standards. I am fortunate to have received his teachings, which have greatly benefited me. Studying and researching my mentor's views on Tai Chi, whether in relation to the art of Tai Chi itself or to work and life in general, can be immensely beneficial. My own understanding is limited, but I will attempt a preliminary exploration of his perspective on Tai Chi, hoping to enlighten Tai Chi enthusiasts:
Traditional Tai Chi Chuan and modern Tai Chi exercises are completely different. Their principles and training methods maintain the unique characteristics of early Tai Chi Chuan. This includes their requirements in practice and application. The training and application of traditional Tai Chi Chuan are primarily based on the principles outlined in the "Tai Chi Chuan Theory." It revolves closely around the traditional principles and techniques, integrating the practice and application of Tai Chi Chuan.
The explosive power of being relaxed, flexible, and bouncing is the essence of Chen-style Tai Chi Quan, and it is one of the main differences between Chen-style Tai Chi Quan and other Tai Chi Quan styles. Many Tai Chi enthusiasts admire the ability to emit force, but after years of diligent practice, only a few can fully grasp and freely control it with their intention, Qi, and power in perfect harmony. The reason behind this scarcity is the lack of proper guidance and understanding. However, if one truly comprehends the principles of emitting force in Chen-style Tai Chi Quan, mastering it becomes an achievable task.
Part 1: "Inherent distinct method: At the beginning of life, one's eyes can see, ears can hear, nose can smell, mouth can taste; colors, sounds, fragrances, and tastes—all are natural…
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.