Thursday, March 29, 2018

T'ai Chi Chih Movements

T’ai Chi Chih® consists of 19 movements and one pose, in this order:
  • Rocking Motion
  • Bird Flaps Its Wings
  • Around the Platter
  • Around the Platter Variation
  • Bass Drum
  • Daughter on the Mountaintop
  • Daughter in the Valley
  • Carry the Ball to the Side
  • Push Pull
  • Pulling in the Energy
  • Pulling Taffy
  • Pulling Taffy, Variation #1,  Anchor
  • Pulling Taffy, Variation #2, Wrist Circles
  • Pulling Taffy, Variation #3, Perpetual Motion
  • Working the Pulley
  • Light at the Top of the Head / Light at the Temple
  • Joyous Breath
  • Passing Clouds
  • Six Healing Sounds (and the corresponding organ): HO (heart), HU (spleen), SZU (liver), HSU (lungs), HSI (3 heaters: below the navel, in the abdomen & between the eyes) CHUI (kidneys)
  • Cosmic Consciousness Pose


Take spaghetti out of the box. It is hard and brittle.  It is life less and full of tension. Try to shape it and it breaks.

Now take this spaghetti and add it to boiling water. Stir it so it does not stick. The spaghetti absorbs the moisture from the water. Slowly over time the stiff spaghetti becomes soft and flexible.

It can now be easily shaped without breaking.

This is what is happening when you practice T'ai Chi Chih®. Tension causes us to become hard and brittle. Add some Chi to release this tension and become soft and flexible.

Practice T'ai Chi Chih®.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tai Chi Principles Part 2

When moving in T'ai Chi Chih® all parts of the body should move together. Everything should be connected. Proper alignment is of the utmost importance. Without this proper alignment the Chi will not flow properly. To keep your alignment your body must move in harmony. When you move one muscle this will effect all the others. Relax the every part of your body. Tension is your enemy. Tension will block the flow of Chi.
When the flow of Chi is blocked the parts become disconnected. You must release all tension. Without tension the Chi will flow freely and connect all the parts of your body and mind. This allow you to flow with softness and continuity. T'ai Chi Ch'uan Ching attributed to Chang San-feng describes this principle.

Rocking Motion Tips

Rocking Motion is the first movement in T'ai Chi Chih®. This may just be the most difficult of all movements to master. The importance of this movement cannot be over emphasized. The movement is done by sifting the weight toward the front of the feet and down into the ground. Then the weight is shifted toward the back of the feet and down into the ground. At the same time the body must remain in perfect alignment.
Your weight should be pushing straight down into the ground at every point. You should push down with your mind and not your muscles. You will be grounded and the body will be in correct alignment. This is true for all other the movements of T'ai Chi Chih®. It is important to feel each point on your feet as the weight is concentrated is on it. This is like giving yourself a foot massage. Your weight must also be perfectly balanced between the right and left foot. Rocking Motion is part of all the movements of T'ai Chi Chih® especially Bird Flaps It's Wings, Wrist Circles, Light at the Top of the Head / the Temple, and Joyous Breath. Incorporate the principles you learn from Rocking Motion into your T'ai Chi Chih® movements and your life.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


T'ai Chi Chih® must be built on a good foundation. This is essential for good balance. Sink into the souls of your feet and you will create a good foundation. Just like a tree you must have good roots. The wind will blow over a tree with shallow roots. If the roots are strong and deep a tree will stand. Bring your mind into the souls of your feet and the Chi will follow.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tai Chi Principles Part 1

The movements of T'ai Chi Chih® follow the basic principles of Tai Chi. The Tai Chi Chuan Classics explains these principles. As you practice your movement you must try to incorporate these principle. These principle should be incorporated into the rest of your life. In Tai Chi Chih you must be rooted (grounded). Be as strong as a Tree. This means you must have a strong stance or base. This can be accomplished by concentrating on the soles of your feet. If you think about pushing down into your feet your knees will be soft and slightly bent. This will give you a strong stance. If you try to lift something heavy you have to push into the ground. This is the same thing you should do when practicing T'ai Chi Chih®. You must do this for good balance. The purpose of T'ai Chi Chih® is to circulate and balance the Chi. This will improve more than just your physical balance.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


T'ai Chi Chih® is great for balance. Remember to move with your legs and let your hands and arms follow. It is like walking on a tight rope. Use your arms to keep you balanced. If you lead with your hands you will fall. Next time you practice feel the movement. Keep your balance. Bring your mind down into the souls of your feet. Let your arms follow. Avoid the pitfalls. You may not have a safety net.

Monday, March 03, 2008

The Secret of T'ai Chi Chih®

People often ask (or wonder) what is the secret to T'ai Chi Chih®? It is not really a secret. If you want to get benefits from T'ai Chi Chih® you must practice regularly. The more you practice the more you will get out of it.

You can practice T'ai Chi Chih® when ever you have free moment. Make it a habit to practice when you are feeling bored, frustrated, over worked, stressed, or any other time. Other good times to practice are before you have an important meeting or appointment.

T'ai Chi Chih® will help you to relax. Maybe, before you talk to your family or friends after a stressful day a little T'ai Chi Chih® will make you more pleasant to talk to. Most people feel good when they practice T'ai Chi Chih®. So at these times or any other time, just take a moment for yourself (and those around you).

When I first started practicing T'ai Chi Chih® people would often ask me, "what happened, why are you so nice?" Why was this? Please share your comments about times to practice and some your experiences.