• The commencement of Gong Yi Taijiquan (tai chi chuan)

    The commencement of Gong Yi Taijiquan (tai chi chuan)
    Raise Hands
    Play Guitar
    Grasp Birds’ Tail
    Single Whip

  • Basic Theory of Yin and Yang

    The Taoist philosophy of change ascribes any alteration in nature to the interplay of Yin and Yang. These are two complementary opposites, which cannot exist without the other. They have various attributes, which characterize them. Yin is described variously as negative, soft, yielding, abyssal, dark, cold, receptive, resting, empty; whereas Yang is positive, hard, pushing, lofty, bright, hot, creative, working and full. They are used merely as descriptions of state, not as judgments of a condition. Gong Yi Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) is the physical manifestation of the philosophy of change as applied to body movements, therefore some parts of the body are described as Yin in some forms or postures, and Yang in other postures. The process of change is symbolized in the diagram below. In this figure Yin is portrayed as the dark area and Yang as the light area. Each area contains within it the element of change; i.e. there is always some ‘Yang in the Yin and some Yin in the Yang’.

  • The Alternation of Yin and Yang

    Throughout the series of movements of Gong Yi Taijiquan you will frequently alternate between Kung Pu (forward stance) and Cho Toei (back stance). Conceptually Kung Pu is Yang whilst Cho Toei is Yin. The constant interplay between Kung Pu and Cho Toei is therefore an interplay of Yin and Yang which is the essence of Gong Yi Taijiquan

  • Gong Yi Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) Walking

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  • Gong Yi Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) walking is intended initially to teach the beginner how to achieve simple separation of the complimentary elements of the Yin and Yang using the shifting of body weight into the legs.