China Hand Kung Fu Academy is dedicated to
passing on the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan. More
specifically, the Yang Style Tai Chi System and even more
specific, the Guang Ping Yang Style. This is the rare
style from the Yang System as handed down by Yang Lu Chan
and his son Yang Pan Hou, which bridges Yang Style from Chen
Style Tai Chi Chuan.
are many paths in the world, so too are there many paths in
Tai Chi Chuan. In order to properly understand Tai Chi Chuan
one must first perceive it for what it is. Tai Chi Chuan is
a tool, a man-made device designed to bring about harmony
and balance between energy and mass. Through extension of
this balance comes, as the Chinese say, "The Ten Thousand
Things," a euphemism for everything.
appropriate analogy to the "Paths" of Tai Chi Chuan may be
drawn from the multiplicity of uses that any tool might be
put. For instance, a screwdriver is a tool designed to
insert and extract screws. However, I have seen it used as;
a pry-bar, an awl, a chisel, its handle used as a hammer, a
nail extractor, a scraper, a paint mixer, a can opener, an
electrical circuit device, a shear pin, a wedge and even as
a finger nail cleaner. If used improperly, it can cause
injury to oneself or someone else.
You will be learning is the Yang Style Tai
Chi Chuan through forms which are movements linked together
in a continuous fashion so as to form a single continuous
motion from beginning to end or in effect one movement.
The definition of Tai Chi Chuan
is "Grand Ultimate/Supreme Fist." Solo forms are sometimes
viewed as shadow boxing, however, this is a western
assumption, and not relevant to the actual purpose.
The definition of Tai Chi as a concept is the
"Ridgepole" where the original meaning was taken from the I
Ching (Book of Changes). The Ridgepole supports the roof
The Empty Circle is an expression of the emptiness that
Yin and Yang is the natural energy
divided into extremities, separate but complementary.
Tai Chi Chuan is the key to
understanding the other Internal Styles (Nei Chia) and is
ususally a prerequisite to learning Hsing Yi, or Pa Kua
Chuan. Without experience in Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing Yi becomes
too external (Wai Chia), and Pa Kua becomes too abstract.
Tai Chi Chuan is about 1,000 years old. Although the Chen
Family were not the creators, we know that it was kept
within their family for at least fourteen generations,
before it was taught to an outsider about 1830 A.D. and that
outsider was Yang Lu-Ch'an and he was taught by Chen
Tai Chi Chuan should be practiced every
day, it should not however be something that you have to
make yourself do but rather be something that you want and
like to do, it should be fun rather than a chore.
Feeling - Internal styles stress feeling over technique.
Yin/Yang Theory - contraction follows expansion.
One, when someone comes into your space (expansion),
yield. When they retreat (contraction), follow.
Two, balance - strike only when your opponent is
unbalanced (i.e., when attacked, yield, the attacker becomes
unbalanced by being unable to check his advance and at the
point where his attack reaches its limit, strike).
Three, one cannot be totally pure Yin or Yang, this
explains the fish eye, or dot of the opposite included in
the Yin/Yang symbol. When one becomes too Yang, Yin
will follow. Emptiness has nowhere to go, except to become
Slowness - One, performing tasks slowly, not only gives
you more time to reflect on what you are doing, but also
gives you more insight than if you performed it quickly.
Two, doing something slowly and repeatedly, allows you to
absorb it at an unconscious level, so that it becomes second
nature (like taking a walk). Three, in Tai Chi Chuan,
the better you get, the slower your routine becomes.