Hi friends: a very powerful message Kim Ivy received from Chenjiagou on WeChat, from Cui Bing, CZQs wife, CXX’s daughter-in-law. (WeChat has a translation feature).
Hello! Kim, how’s it going? How are you and your family? The news shows that the number of sick people in the United States has increased a lot. Are you all right? Hope all is well! This virus is too cunning, at present in addition to stay at home, there is no other way to resist, must not go out, do not contact with others. It took us many days at home to get this virus under control. Be sure to take care of your body! You must be careful! Try to avoid going out and practice tai chi every day at home, because China is in the process of treating and fighting viruses. Many health care workers and experts working on the front-line are advocating taijiquan to improve their immunity, enhance heart and lung function, and resist the invasion of viruses while treating the virus with medicine at the same time. Wish you and your family peace!
As we all stay at home for the people we care about, practice calming down through the standing posture longer.
Like I said many times, the first stage of standing is to calm the mind. Really, there’s nothing better to do now but learn to calm the mind. Once the mind is calm, you will find your body, you will find your center. Once you found it, let the mind rest there.
Your body will settle in and the weight in the upper body disappears as each muscle group find its equilibrium state and each part of the body stack on the next part and eventually the upper body just rest.
The quads are burning now, let it burn. Strength is building up. Strength is what we need now to prepare ourselves for the next phase.
So I have been asked if I would conduct online taijiquan classes and my feeling is that there are plenty of videos online already and while some are accurate and some are not, they all serve their purpose in getting you to move (if you are sitting and reading this, get into standing posture) … coordinated or not.
So … instead of sharing more videos, I decided this a a good time for Q&A. Shoot me questions on your taijiquan practice and I will answer them. Email me your questions.
While I can’t make corrections physically, I hope my verbal cues can guide you through. Another avenue I am pursuing is corrections through videos. You take a video of your practice, I use a coaching app to mark up where I think you can make corrections. You get the idea.
Until we meet again, keep practicing. This is a good time to practice calming the mind, you can’t go anywhere anyway. 🙂
I am sad that I will no longer be able to get my corrections from this fine teacher in US. For the last decade or so, Grandmaster Chen Xiao Xing has been giving me pointers, making corrections and sharing stories from the village. If it wasn’t for him (and his son Chen Zi Qiang) my taijiquan will not have gotten to this level. Every move I make, I can still hear his voice, feel his touch and also that look when I make a mistake or ask a silly question. I’ve been complimented and I’ve been scolded. I would not ask for anything less. I will have to sought him out in Chen village now for that’s where he will be after this year’s tour outside China.
A wonderful, four-part documentary produced by CCTV (China national television), was just released, showing the impact Chen Taijiquan has had on New Yorkers. The program focuses on students of Ren Guangyi, whose lives have been impacted by Taijiquan training. Its a unique testament to Taijiquan’s power as cultural exchange and to its universal benefit.
OMG! I learned so much from Chen Ziqiang about pushing hands over the weekend. I have been so fortunate to meet Zi Qiang and his father for they have imparted so much knowledge about Chen Style taijiquan to me. Every time I have a workshop with them, I learn something new that will change my form and my practice and every time, it is for the better. I don’t want this learning to ever stop. Ziqiang is such a generous teacher.
This is great translation by Paul Brennan. I have always thought that the “White Crane” reference was something introduced by Yang Lu Chan when he taught in Beijing but I may be wrong. Chen Ziming used that reference as well although his teacher was Chen Xin and Chen Xin’s original writing has it as “White Goose”.
This translation was also reference by David Gaffney in his article on Taijiquan “Placing Hands”.