<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ashtanga:
<B>I saw the video below on YouTube and have been told its the "Baduanjin" set as created by Jianhou and transmitted to Tian Zhaolin.
Can anyone tell me a little more about it and maybe if there are any resources were I can learn more? Thanks.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0DLuiBBkNs
I learned these movements so many years ago from my very first teacher Dr.Jerry Johnson. He taught us the Yang and later switched to the Chen.His Chen teacher is a disciple of GM Feng Zhi Qiang, and GM FZQ's teacher is Chen Fake.
Chen Taiji has a " exercise set" call 'Chan Ssu Chin'. A silk reeling cocoon training set. When reeling the silk it is spiral as it removes from the cocoon and the cocoon rotate. The silk is represent the way chi flow through the body and the cocoon represent the waist which rotate on its exist
thus comes its name. The Traditional Yang Association does not has this. I heard this directly from Master Yang Jun in his seminar. Since the Father of Yang Taiji learned taiji from the Chen Master in Chen Village. And it is a hall mark of Chen. GM Yang Jianhou is not that far distance years from their beginning. He could had retain it. Other did not teach it because in the olden years one have to be worthy of, to receive such teaching. Then it call 'family secret or <rice bowl> today it is a patented "trade secret.(But not in China)
Now if your heart purely sit on taiji. I had a VHS (hey, I'm a old fashion kind of guy. it might be in DVD now.) on this Chan Ssu Chin. (This is a different Chan Ssu Chin that GM Chen Xiao Wang is teaching now through out the world) This has about 25 postures, like '25 form' as Taiji 24 form if you will. Each one has it's name and martial application come with this kit. It trains(warm-up) from the head first then downward to the feet. It was my private lesson recorded tape in my by-gone-years. But the good news is..My friend had given me a copy of this same set Chan Ssu Chin in that period. This tape call China Living Treasure with Zhanng Xue Xin which you can still buy one at US$49.95.
Go to Google type in zhang xue xin.
All the movements in the clip you posted is in the tape plus few more. To practice it in a single posture with repetition is best. You learn more 'secret' out of it. example: In this clip there is one very sample posture that he just turning his head from side to side as a warm up. We all know that one by heart. But what else do we know in our YI?
The very first time my teacher asked me to press my hand strongly against one side of his face as to stop him from turning his head. I felt no stiff neck of his but my feet can't root me in place and flied off. The secret is, you must need a teacher to orally train you. The secret is in my second paragraph in this post. Read it slowly see if you can graph it. It is in the silk and the cocoon. Can you able to physically and mentally 'accept' there is "two bodies'? I will stop here until you do.
The form need two bodies to keep it look alive and act alive, thus a living form. The silk is one 'body' the cocoon is one 'body. The silk is being pull one way and the cocoon is spiral another way.etc etc taiji. I am not try to give you a bad time.A lot of people does not believe the two bodies thing. so no need to explain. Until one grasp it then explain is no need.
Good luck for getting that tape (DVD).