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Kung fu suit
The experienced student wears a changshan rather than a black T-shirt.
This is the beginning of the real taijiquan training. Having explored some basic concepts the student is now required to increase their martial focus.
The student's ambition is to cease to act like a tai chi for health student. They want to become a 'taijiquan student' instead...
The student learns the last of the qigong exercises in an effort to build strength prior to the experienced syllabus (where neigong and form will replace qigong as the principle source of power).
How do you move?
Form reflects the way in which you personally move in taijiquan. If your form is clumsy, then you are clumsy and that is useless for combat.
Your taijiquan must be fast, sensitive, alert, powerful and lively. The cat-like grace of taijiquan encourages agile, strong movement, excellent poise, high energy levels and a feeling of vigour.
Invest in form
Students normally underestimate the significance of form. Bad form = bad taijiquan. It is that simple.
Your form highlights and determines how you move, how you use your body. Invest as much time as you can in form practice. The better your form, the easier all aspects of the taijiquan will be to pull off.
The way most people do
taijiquan, it's not a martial art. They could never use it the way they're
doing it. Everything's in their hands, they just fill in the rest with
By the time the student has finished the experienced grade they should be well on their way to attaining good combat skills.
Their sense of range, timing, distance, power generation, leverage, balance, stability and mobility will be developed.
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18 March 1997
Last updated 14 July 2019