Tai Chi Philosophy and Energy

Tai Chi circulates energy in your body and heals through increasing the healing life force; qi (chi). Tai Chi movements, and Qigong unblock the energy flow through body energy channels (meridians), as does Acupuncture. Smooth flowing “chi” energy, good energy replaces stagnant energy that causes sickness.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, weak chi energy causes weak body function and therefore illness. Health is dependant upon strong and smooth flowing chi energy . When the cell's own repair mechanisms are able to function with the availability of this energy, healing begins.

The healing of Tai Chi is highlighted in areas where modern medicine has yet to discover effective treatments for: cancer, arthritis, diabetes, neuromuscular diseases, chronic degenerative diseases, and chronic auto-immune diseases. Healing is complimented by other non-prescription therapies, such as diet and herbs.

Chi circulation improves blood and lymph circulation, so it effectively strengthens your immune system. This strengthening, will help in slowing down the effects of cancer, and aid in recovery.

Tai Chi Forms and Qigong

Continuous and returning fist; Yang style; short (5 move) and long forms (101 moves). Qi Gong (Chi Kung), and push hands basics. Health, internal strength, calm spirit, and a sure technique for self defense.

Moving and standing forms of Embrace the Moon (Standing Pole, Hold the Ball, Hug the Tree), as well as Prayer Hands Qigong for feeling Qi yourself. Moving forms help you adjust your own Qi by testing it.

Shortest Form in the World
Five Move Old Super Short (OSS) Form

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Pay special attention in the above video link; to the use of the ground, that is accented by the rooting stance in the construction gravel.

This Old Super Short Form, shows the energy between the moves. Tai Chi OSS can be done blindfolded, on mountain tops (Shasta), and I have even done it at 30,000 feet in the head of a plane.

All of the moves are Traditional Chinese Internal Martial Arts (TCIM).

This form transcends style, and be done in long or short movements; fast or slow. I learned this form in the early 1970s, and it was taught by a number of unaffaliated schools.


  1. The Up and Down; is good for rooting and feeling your stance.
  2. The Turning Side Block is one of the best measure of effortless movement.
  3. Reeling Silk draws Qi inward, concentrates it (silk cocoon) and then evenly launches it (reeling).
  4. Switching from side to side with reeling silk; will show the balance of the arm movements. The feeling of this paired hand movement can be used as a scale for balancing movement; solo and with an opponent.
  5. The Press gathers Qi, moves it, and then passes it.

Tai Chi OSS Directions
  1. bow; fist with palm
  2. left leg step to the side, hands up and down
  3. up and down in place
  4. turn to the left block
  5. reeling silk to the left
  6. reeling silk to the right
  7. prayer-hands near left shoulder, then two handed press
  8. left leg steps up to even horse stance, up and down with hands
  9. left leg together with right; up and down in place, then bow.

To continue; repeat steps 2-8,
for 3 more times,to end up where you started.

Do four repetitions in the opposite direction.

Tai Chi step by step instruction, with detailed photos in the book
Axe Hand; Hsing-i & Internal Strength Workout
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'(If) the Qi cannot be manifested in the ending of the meat, then there is quantity of Qi to fill up'

Translated as "Muscles are like a storage bag for Meat",
page 222-223, Xingyiquan, Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit, by Liang, Shou-Yu & Dr. Yang, Zwing-Ming.

Best interpretation and articulation I have seen yet, that is in written form.

Some will take this to mean that they should accent their training differently. Views differ whether to literally equate meat with muscles or take direct meaning what was stated with the term meat.

Some different focuses on muscle/meat training...

train the Qi flow to strengthen the muscles for Li;

train muscles to increase the flow of Qi, so the body can hold more Qi, and increase it's capacity for a higher flow rate. I favor the original text, not further processed, and taken literally.

'Xin combines with Yi, Yi combines with Qi, and Qi combines with Li are the three internal combinations'

Processed author's interpretation states; "Once your Qi and Yi combine and the Qi can be led effectively to energize them, then muscular power (Li) can be raised to a higher level and thus the Qi and the Li are combined."

Perhaps this targeted result: 1) is only a means for the overall result of the Li and Qi combining, or 2) perhaps this means the main reason is to raise muscular power, for the sake of itself.

Xingyiquan, Theory, Applications, Fighting Tactics and Spirit, by Liang, Shou-Yu & Dr. Yang, Zwing-Ming, pages 230-231.

Some Tai Chi schools are different in their use of hard force;

1) my understanding of Chen style, is that some practitioners will tense their muscles routinely throughout their form;

2) my perception of different 'Old Style' Yang Tai Chi is that infrequently they will employ a jerk that is either:
externally generated, and externally hard at it's completion
internally generated, and externally hard at completion, and
internally generated, and internally hard at completion.

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