Whilst in the Wu Ji standing posture
Ask yourself the following by listening to what is happening in your body when moving. Am I ......
1. Stablising the feet - This means are you feet flat and have softened into the floor. You must not have the uneven weight pressure in your feet (under each foot into the ground) by having more pressure on your instep or outer step. Leaning forward towards the toes or back to the heel can also have an uneven weighted pressure too. Make sure you feel what pressure / weight around the heel is the same under the ball of the feet. Move by using the ankle joint to feel this equal weight under the feet into the ground.
2. Stablising the ankles - This means you are not rocking or leaning while turning the waist and kwa. You do not move the ankle joint at all. If you do you'll the ankle joint will act like a hinge joint and make you lean forward or back while moving placing undue tension and stress on the joint.
3. Stablising the knee - This means you are using the knee joint like it's suppose to naturally work. When rising and sinking or in particular moving the waist / kwa you must make sure the knee's do not move in wards or outwards but follow the line of the foot and if it was following an ice skate blade under your feet not going beyond your toes or hyper extending when rising.
4. Stablising the hips & kwa - This means that the hips are level and you are opening and closing from the kwa (hip joint).
5. Stablising shoulders and hips - This means always maintain a perpendicular line form the hip joint to the shoulder joint when ever moving
6. Stablising the spine / head top - Always maintain the perpendicular line "central axis line" form the nei wan to hu yin (crown of the head to the perineum)
Thank you all who attended our memorable 2 day Mindful Walking Methods workshop 21-22nd of April in Tasmania. People traveled from Sydney, Lismore, Adelaide, New Zealand and areas across Tasmania to attend. Much appreciation to our generous host Sifu Darren Cox of Li Chi Hsiang Inner Health Tai Chi Chuan Tasmania. I also acknowledge Sifu Steve Duncombe and Felicity Way of Inner Health Taijiquan Sydney for their tireless support and ALL things admin. In closing,I thank all who attended with deep gratitude, I am happy we made it through all three modules of our practice and look forward to playing Taiji with you all again in the future. Our workshop support videos depicting all the areas we covered will be posted up on our web in the not too distant future.
Click here to view Inner Health Taijiquan Adelaide website
The next few video clips are explaining effective methods of practice that have been posted before on my facebook site a while ago. I find these interesting to review from time to time. Enjoy :-)
I can remember the first few taijiquan lessons many years ago. It felt great attending class and I was bubbling with enthusiasm looking forward to my next lesson. Over the next few years I observed many students come and go. Many start taijiquan with the best of intentions and see the value of practicing the Art. However, along the way for various reasons many students eventually fade out from attending lessons. Some reasons are that they don’t have time to practice or it’s difficult to remember the moves. Taijiquan looks easy but without establishing a routine right away, your chances of perseverance is greatly reduced.
These are some recommendations from my own up and downs in practice that I will share over the next few blogs