chapter 2 chen style taiji quan old frame first routine
the features of“chen style taiji quan old fame first rou-tine”are mainly softness, from relaxation to softness, and hard-ness residing softness. use twisting jin to deliver qi and jin as primary movements, and issue jin as secondary movements. at the beginning, try to be slow, and feel the process of the deliv-www.cntaijiquan.com taijiquan ering of qi and jin. no matter inside or outside of the body,when one part moves, the other parts follow. keep balance at any time and do not lose power. twisting jin is the core of sticking,leading, and approaching. twisting and moving in a circle give you the skill to lead the enemy' s power away and strike him bac.k, or to follow his power and find a chance to strike him. in principle, there is no leading, then there is no striking. with twisting jin, you can gain the power which seems soft, but is not soft, seems hard, but is not hard, stable and flexible to change. mr. xin chen said,"every movement is with lightness and heaviness, softness and hardness."in general, chen style taiji quan uses twisting jin as a soul and uses internal power as a commander. that is why it is powerful in pushing hands.
(1) stand up with feet together, body upright, eyes looking forwar, close the mouth naturally; draw the chin in slightly.
arms are hanging naturally. push both elbows out slightly, palms facing in. breathe naturally (figure 2-1).
(2) continuing the last movement, sink the body slowly,bend the knees and relax the hips. shift the weight towards the right leg; raise the left heel and take a half-step to the left, feet apart at shoulders width, toes pointing slightly outward. shift the weight towards the centre, toes gripping the ground, feet arched, body relaxed. draw the chest in and relax the hips. sink the ener- gy to dan tian (the lower ab-
domen); mind ls concentrated (figure 2-2).
(3) continuing the last movement, palms twist inward and slowly lift to shoulder height,shoulder -width apart. sink the body while the palms are moving up (figure 2-3).
(4) continuing the last movement, relax shoulders and sink the elbows, bending knees while relaxing the hips. continue to lower the body, palms following the body to fall in front of the abdomen, palms facing down, eyes looking forward (figure 2-4).
head should be drawn up, chin slightly tucked in. cave the chest slightly inward; sink the waist. sink the elbows and shoulders. push the coccyx slightly (www.cntaijiquan.com taijiquian)backwarcl. bend the knees and relax the hips. do not push the knees farther than the toes; keep the body upright, mincl calm and focused, body relaxed. breathe natu rally.
bowing forward or leaning backward.
sink the waist and relax the hips at the same time. do not overdo the relaxing of the hips. bending forward or leaning back would cause the waist to be inflexible. therefore, sink the waist
and relax the hips as if sitting on a stool. this applies to all movements.