I will admit in advance that I have only shed a precursory glance over the posts on this thread...so please forgive if I am blatantly reiterating something someone already stated...
I just noted the queries concerning speed of form...
I am fixated still on the concept that the speed is based on "quiessence"..."10" of the Yang ChengFu "Ten essentials"...
The breathing should moreover conform to the movements...And the movements ins and outs should conform to the breathing.
When I practice too quickly...my breathing may become more shallow and thus cause physical distress.
And when I practice very slowly...I am limited by my lung expansion.
When I run out of intake...I must output...and therefore MUST move onto the output of the movement...or else asfixiate.
It is easier to speed up slightly and not notice the difference in breathing, but slowing down requires lung expansion...and is developped further with time and practice.
I would imagine that QiGong is instrumental towards this means.
I have also noted that QiGong is incorporated into many, many, many Taichi schools curriculum...
Do others use quiessence,stillness, breathing with their TaiChi form?
I can understand that in real combat one must remain flexible...As Wusher once explained...but what of form work...?
Does this pail of logic hold water...or is there a hole in the bottom?
These are, after all, informations I have gleaned and experienced with beginners perception.
Does this make any sense to more experienced practitioners?
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 03-12-2004).]