The T'ai Chi Centre


The Special Form is a mirror or 'left-side' of the Long Form which contains variations and revisions of the original postures. It is at this stage of the syllabus that students develop and expand their understanding of the principles of spiral energy or silk cocoon jing. The circular movements cultivated in the Long Form are gradually transformed into continuous spirals which permeate the entire body and energy. Initially these spirals are external and exaggerated but over time they become more natural, subtle and internalised.

The Power Training cultivates intrinsic energy and commences when students have developed a deeper understanding of sinking and relaxing. Through the practice of standing, grinding, pressing and firing, the root strengthens and the whole body's energy is developed as one unit - we then learn to yield the mind from a firm foundation and to issue energy naturally and freely from the ground.

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