Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Evolution of Internal Energy in Tai Chi (part 4)
As we have well established, Classical Tai Chi and its Compact form from Wu Chien Chuan to Young Wabu to Stephen Hwa evolved from the Tai Chi of the Yang Family. As Wu Chien Chuan said to Young Wabu: "it cannot be changed". It evolved from the Tai Chi of Yang Shao Hou. Tian Yingjia was the son of Tian Zhaolin who was Yang Shao Hou's student here is an excerpt from an article written by him. The Classical Tai Chi is the Tai Chi of Yang Shao Hou hence of Wu Chien Chuan, etc.:
"The original practice frame of Yang Luchan and his sons was the compact frame set.It is also the case there is really only one frame of taijiquan.The whole set of the original compact frame set was comprised of sixty-four movements. That training focuses not on the physical appearance but rather on the mind (Yi).The stance is higher than the other frames and the stepping is also smaller for the compact frame practice.The bigness or smallness, greater or lesser circling in the small frame set is led by qi. The circles may sometimes be seen but at other times are not seen.It is as if the circles sometimes exist and sometimes are non-existent.This is due entirely to the movement inside one’s body."
Stating: "The circles may sometimes be seen but at other times are not seen.It is as if the circles sometimes exist and sometimes are non-existent.This is due entirely to the movement inside one’s body." is the supreme ultimate description of the Neigong or Internal Discipline. Internal Discipline takes place "inside one's body".
Tian Ying Jia goes on to say that large frame Tai Chi was really developed to ease the transition to compact frame practice: "The original large frame of the Yang family was finalized by Yang Lu Chan's third son, Jian Hou. It was created originally to facilitate learners in acquiring compact frame".