<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Taichikid:
<B>Through my studies of Tai Chi, I have come across many diffrent references to chi.
I have read that it is a comepletely seperate force that inhabits the body that drives life. That humans can learn to harness. I have heard that it is just a way to describe the control over the nervous system. I have heard it referenced to Chi Magic, I have heard of levitation, moving stuff with out touching it, using it to control elements.
starting stuff on firehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM_E6sRQQAg&feature=related
Middle of the video.
Moving Stuff with out touching ithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JYGqVA9xc4&feature=related
Moving People With Out Touching Themhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGaWhP4lbys&feature=related
What is the purpose to Tai Chi?
Can Chi be harnesed in such ways?
Can you control elements?
How much is fact and how much is fiction?
Also I have heard references to a form of double fencing that can give you the ability to use light stepping as a form of jumping alot higher and the ability to control your jump and fall rate. Sky form?</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
a. The purpose of taijiquan has to be in your own dissection or understanding of it. It has to resonate with your own being, and you in turn discovering what you want to get from it.
b. The only harnessing has to be in self understanding and realization. If you see nothing to harnessm then it is not there! If you see something then you try to see where you can challenge those who claim what they claim and with the second and most important step being the acquisition of that skill, whatever it may be. Keep in mind that the skill may be dubious but you are pursuing an illusion! Seek and you shall find in that the objective reality is as it is.
c. Can one control elements? Don't know of which you speak but for me, taijiquan always begins with structural elements/basics associated with my favourites, i.e penglujiankao, simplified as in Chengfu 10's essentials. I call it structural basics! Within the moving form, at least grasp birds tail, this is where penglujiankao is most apparent!
d. How much is fact and how much is fiction? People seem to be attracted to the ridiculous in taijiquan but again that is an essential question. Everybody claims to posses the real but when you asked to see if you can gain that skill, it is like beating around the bush! No results but the talkfu (as opposed to kungfu-(exertion/perfection) is excellent.
Keep pursuing your goals despite my apparent distrust of the link you provided because they do not represent anything close to taijiquan practice that I have been used to. That is just me! Perhaps there are others out there who firmly believe those same links are taijiquan related.