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Learning the Rules

I found this paragraph from David and Davidine’s blog and it reminded me of my sessions with CXX who said there is no short cut to learning Chen style taijiquan. During my training with GM CXX in Chen Village he would stress exactly when I need to shift my weight, when to sink and when to relax and when to issue power. Those are the rules and I have so many more rules to learn.

1. Learn the basic movements correctly ACCORDING TO THE RULES

2. Become proficient in practising the form ACCORDING TO THE RULES

3. Thorough familiarity WITH THE RULES and understand clearly why there are THESE RULES

It’s funny how different people percieve this kind of approach to training. In the world of traditional Chen Taijiquan there really is no other way.