What are the principles and the practisce of Tai Chi -Tàijí – 太极 ?

Taoist principles are presented in the classic of Chinese culture such as the Dao De Jing (Lao Zi), the I Ching (or Book of Changes).

 

Taoism emphasize the use of non-force to reach your goal . The use of non-Force (wu-wei) does not mean passivity, but rather suppose the understanding of a situation and its acceptance in order to control of a confrontation with minimal force. Taoism involves the understanding  of Nature of things or evens in order to adapt to it. The frontal confrontation of a problem often involves a clash and create other problems like a shock produce waves. If not apply, it would be the law of the strongest that prevails. Here it is the image of the swimmer who can cross a stream by following the current turmoil rather than fight the opposites currents and risking to drown by exhaustion. This is the law of the sensitive and subtle over-coming the brute force.

In the practice of Tai Chi, we learn to develop our listening and sensitivity of our subtle body and then extend that sensitivity to our environment and also our partner. Feel the movements and forces that underlie behind and the invisible body movements, release tensions and set free the movements.

In the movements of Tai Chi, the circle and the wave are privileged. Muscles and joints are held on the one another along continuous movements. The wave movement produced as a self massage internal organs and joints muscles while the muscles relax, blood pressure decreases, flowing of body fluids is stimulated and energy balance and stabilize .. ect .. The positive side effects for the body are varied and complex, and can be reach at the beginning of practice. The development of profound qualities, however, requires more intense work and continues over long patient time. True Tai Chi, can not be learn in the hurry.

Tai Chi in its external form is an art of movement, in its internal form, it is a method of meditation using subtle movements and internal sensations of the body as a method of concentrating the mind. In its more advanced form like pushing hands, the external pressure of a partner will enhance the concentration of one own personal work. Under this pressure a progressive relaxation and genuine and deep concentration are formed.

Alongside the physical work, the release of the subtle movements of the body can not be done without resolve deep emotions and deconstructing one emotional tensions. Emotions and body are intimately linked. Body practice that we keep for a long time also have a profound effect on how our emotions are formed. By learning a body to harden, we will more easily tend to stiffen emotionally when pressure or external stress occurs. By learning to relax facing a physical force, there may be more likely to keep one inner calm in appropriate critical time. This is a first step towards a more essential inner development. These phenomena are complex, but subtly present and observable after a long period of time.

. Everyone is free to deepen his practice in his direction, his life strategy. Everyone can find in Tai Chi what she/he deeply seeks for.

We use a set of practical exercises alone or with a partner, as a so-called slow form to enhance the listening and a so-called fast form to work on the fluidity of movement. The movements are very technical and precise in order to improve the deep coordination between the Body and the Spirit in the space around us and within ourselves. This essential link can be created in the slowness, keep in fastness and find its place in daily life.