This page contains links to handouts and videos from the 2021 Taijiquan Core Principles Master Class (level one) on ZOOM
Taijiquan Core Principles are descriptions of the essential criteria for practice based on natural laws governing human structure, movement, and function. They are trainable concepts meant to be integrated into any and all taijiquan solo and partner practices. Core-principles exercises can be used in form-practice sessions as warmups or they can be trained independently. One’s experience of the art is enhanced when one practices according to taijiquan core principles.
Register here for Taijiquan Core Principles (level 2) Master Class!
(Begins Sept. 11, 2021)
Session One (April 24/21)
Structure and Alignment
In this first session, we look at four topics:
1. Joints and Segments
2. The Five Words of Self Composure
3. How to stand
4. How to sink down and stand up
Session Two (May 8/21)
Stances and Transitions
In this second session, we look at five topics:
2. The hip-track
3. Stance types
4. Properties of stance
Session Three (May 22/21)
Yin & Yang
In this third session, we look at five topics:
1. Taiji and yin-yang are synonymous
2. Yin-yang so far
3. The yin-yang continuum
4. Relative and carried movement
5. 'Five Helpful Points' & 'Five Avoidances'
Session Four (June 12/21)
Four Square Energies
In this fourth session, we look at six topics:
1. 'Energies' or 'forms?'
2. The Primary Squares: Peng and An
3. The Secondary Squares: Ji and Lü
4. Peng, lü, ji, an in yin-yang terms
5. The four energies and the stance
6. Peng, lü, ji, an 'proofs'
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