Words from the Master
by Rennie Chong
This is a collection of notes, which I
am going to elaborate, when time allows.
Taiji Basic Knowledge and Requirements
What is Taiji, Yin and Yang?
The philosophy of Taiji
The relation of Taiji and Five Elements
When we practise Taiji, what to focus
on (heart - xin, spirit - shen, mind - yi,
More knowledge for Taiji practice to pay
You should know your bones and joints
as well as general anatomy and physiology
You need to know how to stand and squat
without harm to one's joints
If you have joints injury, you should
notify your instructor
If you have high blood pressure, low
blood pressure, or other disorders, please notify your instructor
Before practising Taiji, you should not
overeat. You should be half-full. For example, it would be good to eat
a slice of bread with a cup of milk or Milo drink.
After practice, drinking a cup of warm
water will be very good, however don't drink cold drinks or drinks
Always dry your sweat and change to dry
clothes after practice and take a warm bath after 20-30 min.
It is good to have a bowl of warm light
Don't take oily, too hot, or spicy
food. Eat more vegetables and cereals, fruits and drink more water
every day. Balanced diet is the best.
What to pay attention to during the
You should pay attention to the way you
step or stand, where is your gravity center and how your body weight
is distributed. You should not act against the force of gravity.
You should pay attention to the
movement of your joints.
You should understand the force of your
Requirements for hand movements, body
movements, and steps are very important.
When you reach the second level of
Taijiquan, pay more attention to your heart (xin), mind (yi),
spirit (shen) and Qi coordination.
Before you consider to learn Taijiquan,
first of all you should:
Make up your mind with confidence
Have perseverance and make sure
that you don't give up easily
Practise every day at least for 15
When practising Taijiquan, look for
quality, not for quantity. Going slowly, steadily and building up your
health is the best policy.
Words from the Master © 2005 Rennie Chong