all tai chi enthusiasts welcome
This is the first time I have heard of the "20 character motto" but is this about relaxing, releasing and getting everything connected into one, am I right.
From this we can see that the Twenty-Character motto separately relates to every individual posture of taiji and as a whole determines the connected completion of the entire form. I hope that students will diligently seek to understand this, and experience the 'sensation of energy' induced by this 'extend','hollow','pull down', and 'connect'. This will aid your overall level of training as well as the practice of connecting the internal and external.
I've found the "experience" of the motto of significant benefit to understanding connectivity. My students also seemed to better grasp this fundamental concept.
Additionally ,I like to add the standing post arm posture but pushing the elbows out - in a static extension- while maintaining the finger tip distance. The connection to the spine becomes more apparent.
"connectivity of what to what?" Perhaps, I could say that it is using the elbow and upper arm to connect the hand movements to the torso and waist movements and connecting the mind intent to the body movements.
In Push Hands, we can do this in the very first one-hand horizontal circle, where I believe you should have a clear sense of the elbow pulling and pushing the energy along the arm
I'm new to push hands and your mention of the elbow leading has helped me in sensing the energy transitions in both single hand and double hand push hands. Thanks.
BTW this is useful info but its buried deep in this thread. Any suggestions ?
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