Examples of empty stepping and matching can be found a million places. The dance world is an obvious place. Here is a delightful and colorful example of matching, reading and empty stepping!!!
As we mention continuously, taiji is based on principles of movements and is not tied to a specific set of movements. Any activity done using taiji principles can be taiji practice!!
One of my favorite things is finding the places that taiji principles creep into my daily life or the places where taiji practice can make things easier.
A fellow student, Gary Forbach, ran across the blurb below in an AARP magazine recently and sent it our way. We thought we'd share it and ask for other places you all might use taiji to keep yourselves safe from injury, as well as the spots that you find taiji enhancing your daily life.
A couple that pop up into my mind are below the image. Share yours in the comments!
- Opening a public door: Have you ever had someone pull a door at the exact time you push - only to have both of you topple over and scare each other? Taiji pulls and pushes are completed whole body and are not executed by leaning into or away from someone.
- Pushing a car: A classic example of how we can draw energy up through the ground, direct it through the waste and send it right into the back of that car to get it moving!
- Holding a toddler: The sticking and reading that we practice in push hands, combined with a light touch, can be very useful when holding a squirming toddler. You don't want them to feel trapped but you can't let them get away either!
- Relaxing and deep breathing in trying situations: While this may be something push hands players experience more than form practitioners, there is something to be said for learning how to be relaxed and breath while someone is being slightly aggressive in your direction.
Who says that taiji has to be all serious!
Here's a quick peek at the Monday night push hands class getting a feel for what being a ball might feel like. Not to mention practicing sticking, reading and feeling circles!!!
No matter what - always relax and have a BALL ;-).
For those of you not on Facebook or without a feed full of taiji videos, this short video has been making the rounds. It's very short - 10 second fight!
"A (short) video has gone viral on Chinese social media today showing a "fight" between a mixed martial artist and a Tai Chi "master." (http://shanghaiist.com/2017/04/28/mma-vs-tai-chi.php)
Take a moment and share your thoughts through the comments link below.
LaoMa’s experience with Wing chun go back to VA beach with a teacher who today is a teacher of other teachers or masters, Duncan Leong. LaoMa's experience with Duncan and “Doc” Savage, who was a student both LM and Duncan, was similar to what you see in this video. Wing chun is a more internal art than a hard style art.
The accompaniment has some thoughts from Bruce Lee in it.
What do you see in this compilation of applications? Do you see similarities to taijiquan?
The link below is to a video titled Tai Chi Master Fu Wing-fei: Applications. Take a moment to watch it - it's short! While he is demonstrating a different form's applications, these might be interesting to some of us. Remember that are be multiple applications for each posture! What things do you see in these demonstrations? What lessons can you apply to your own practice and what things might you avoid.
Leave your thoughts in the comments below.