An Invitation to Study Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
with Yang Jun Laoshi – Post 6
103 Long Hand Form – Section 1
Parry, Block, and Punch
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Regardless of style, all traditional schools of Tai Chi Chuan study and practice 十 三 勢 Shi San Shi, the 13 Postures; 5 Directional Steps / Stances, and the 8 Energies; Ward-off, Roll-back, Press, Push, Pull, Split, Shoulder, and Elbow. This complete study is found in Section 1.
The benefit of studying under a good teacher is quality is pursued over quantity. Lesser teachers focus on teaching more and more Form movements and their basic choreography. The saying is, Don’t practice Form, but Kung; Skill.
We use the Form as a venue to improve our body usage and its ability to absorb energy in and express it out. Tai Chi Chuan even though it my not be the student’s intention to learn it as a martial arts, is an advanced form of Qigong. Slow, soft, and steady Form practice is the yin aspect of the craft. This is not merely physical calisthenics. 精氣神 Jing, Qi, Shen; Sanbao 三寶 the Three Treasures make up the study. Their application to the Form is the practice. Developing the correct internal energy and its externalization is the objective.