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An
Introduction to
Tai Chi Chuan

By Ray Pawlett

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Contents

1. Introduction and Training Tips

2. The Ten Essences

a. Background

b. Understanding the ten essences

c. Essence number 1 - Lift the head to raise the spirit

3. Thoughts about the history of Tai Chi

4. Tai chi Warm-up Exercises

5. The Tai chi form

a. Tai Chi footprints

b. Wu chi

c. Left Ward Off

d. Grasping the Sparrows Tail

i. Ward Off

ii. Roll Back

iii. Squeeze

iv. Push

e. Single Whip

f. Closing Form

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Tai Chi Introduction

and Training Tips

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Introduction and Training Tips

The aim of this information pack is to supplement your training sessions by giving you something to

remind you what the basic movements look like. Tai Chi beginners invariably struggle with

remembering the sequences of movements in both the warm-up exercises and the form itself.

The photos and descriptions are intended to help you jump that first hurdle. There is a lot of added

detail that could be included such as applications, stances, Yin and Yang concepts etc.. This detail

has been avoided in this information pack to keep things more simple. In the early days, that is what

you need to do \u2013 keep it simple!

Possibly the most important aspect of Tai Chi is a good understanding of body alignment and

position. Without understanding these factors, it is impossible to progress with your Tai Chi

development. If you can understand the Ten Essences described later then you will be well along

the way to improving your posture.

The traditional method for teaching body alignment was to make the student practice for many

hours so that the student\u2019s muscles eventually relaxed and something like the correct body posit ion

was achieved.

Whilst there is no substitute for time spent practicing Tai Chi, most modern people just do not have

the time to dedicate to this sort of practice. There is however a quicker route towards achieving the

correct body positions required for Tai Chi. To learn more quickly, you need to take responsibility

for your own improvement \u2013 you cannot leave everything to your coach to correct. This means that

you need to spend time thinking about your body position and how you are training. Read books,

question your teacher and other students, and watch other styles and sports.

The more that you put into your understanding, the more accurate that your training becomes. In

modern times it is easy to get information \u2013 we just need to integrate the information into our

training when we have found it.

For instance, look at a first class archer. You will see much kinship with Tai Chi such as relaxed

shoulders, straight back, deliberate weight distribution and coordinated movement throughout the

whole body. Why is the archer doing this? What are you seeing him or her do that correlates with

your understanding of Tai Chi? Dig deep, the answers are all there!

You will find that some sports and pastimes do not follow the rules of Tai Chi. Why is that? For

instance, in some style of horse riding, it is a requirement that the shoulders are pushed back

slightly. This is counter intuitive to a Tai Chi player because in Tai Chi, the chest should be rounded \u2013

not the back. The reason for this is to do with how the body is used in the saddle. Not everything

follows the rules of Tai Chi, but a lot of things do.

This sort of research helps you to integrate what you see outside the world of Tai Chi into your Tai

Chi and vice versa. Sufficient exploration will result in you being able to feel within a micro second if

your body alignment is wrong \u2013 whether you are doing Tai Chi or just taking the dog for a walk!

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The Ten Essences

Background
If you have ever looked at other Tai Chi books or Tai chi web sites, you will have come across many

different formulae to help the keen student understand their Tai Chi better. Examples are \u201cThe

thirteen postures\u201d, \u201cThe eighteen loci\u201d, \u201cThe song of the eight ways\u201d and so on. Usually there is a

number in the title to remind the student how many points there are to remember.

I had studied Tai Chi for a number of years before I met my current teacher, Christopher Pei. I was

aware of these formulae and had actually got around to reading some of them. Just reading

something is different to understanding it though and none of these formulae made very much

impact on my Tai Chi. At least that is until I learned the \u201cTen Essences\u201d from Christopher Pei.

Coach Pei has studied Tai Chi for many years with some of the top masters from many different

styles of Tai Chi along with other martial arts and acrobatic styles. He also has the advantage of

being able to talk to the Tai Chi masters with whom he has studied in their own language, so that the

nuances of the teachings are not lost in translation.

This experience brought him to the conclusion that the Ten Essences, originally devised by Yang

Cheng Fu, contain much of what the Tai Chi practitioner needs to understand if they are studied in

depth. Coach Pei did however rearrange the sequence slightly so that they flow through the body

and actually give ten levels of understanding for your Tai Chi.

Since those early days of being introduced to the Ten Essences, I have also done research around the

subject and have found no better methodology than the Ten Essences to way mark progress and

assist in the understanding of the form.

I have also found that if you can understand the Ten Essences, other systems like those quoted

earlier and many more besides will actually be saying the same thing in a slightly different way.

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Understanding the Ten Essences
If you are serious about improving your Tai Chi, you need to understand the Ten Essences

thoroughly. This will become the toolkit that helps you to evaluate your own Tai Chi or if you are a

Tai Chi coach, the Tai Chi performances of your students.

The first thing that you will need to do is to be able to recite the Ten Essences in their sequence.

Without being able to remember the Essences in sequence, you will struggle to work with them

quickly and efficiently.

1. Lift the head \u2013 raise the spirit

2. Sink the shoulders \u2013 lower the elbows

3. Loosen the chest \u2013 round the back

4. Loosen the waist

5. Separate the substantial and the insubstantial

6. Coordinate the upper and lower body

7. Continuity in movement

8. Unite the internal intent of the mind and the external frame of the body

9. Use mind and not force

10. Seek stillness in motion and motion within stillness.