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Tai Chi Chuan (Square Form)

Pushing Hand of Tai Chi Chuan

Doing the Pushing Hands practice with a partner is the best method of training the Five Strategies and Thirteen Tactics mentioned earlier. This practice will develop the sensitivity of our arms enabling us to detect our opponent’s intentions. It will also help to speed up our own reactions.

Pushing Hands practice is not designed to train us to fight, though it does link the combat strategy and tactics with the practical application of the Hand Form. This training, using a limited number of actions in a limited number of situations, conditions us to respond to our opponent’s movements in a natural way. Only when we have a good understanding of the Pushing Hands should we start to learn the Self-Defence.

The Tai Chi Chuan Classic tells us that once our opponent has just started a move then we should counter him before he can complete the movement. We can only accomplish this if we have attained a high degree of sensitivity which will allow us to detect any such movement. Such sensitivit…

太極方拳 (第六段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 6/6)

太極方拳 (第五段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 5/6)

太極方拳 (第四段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 4/6)

太極方拳 (第三段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 3/6)

太極方拳 (第二段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 2/6)

太極方拳 (第一段) Tai Chi Square Form (Part 1/6)

Name List of Hand Form

1. The Ready Style
2. The Tai Chi Beginning Style
3. The Seven Stars Style
4. Grasping The Bird’s Tail
5. The Single Whip
6. Flying Oblique
7. Raise Hands And Step Up
8. White Crane Flaps Its Wings
9. Brush Knee Twist Step
10. The Seven Stars Style (Left)
11. Brush Knee Twist Step
12. The Seven Stars Style (Left)
13. Stroke The Lute
14. Step Up, Parry And Punch
15. As If Shutting A Door
16. Embrace Tiger And Return To Mountain
17. Cross Hands
18. Oblique Brush Knee Twist Step
19. Turn Body, Brush Knee Twist Step
20. The Seven Stars Style
21. Grasping The Bird’s Tail
22. The Single Whip
23. Fist Under Elbow
24. Step Back And Repulse Monkey
25. Flying Oblique
26. Raise Hands And Step Up
27. White Crane Flaps Its Wings
28. Brush Knee Twist Step
29. The Seven Stars Style (Left)
30. Needle At Sea Bottom
31. Fan Through The Back
32. Turn Body And Swing Fist
33. Step Back, Parry And Punch
34. Step Up, Grasping The Bird’s Tail
35. The Single Whip
36. Wave Hands In Clouds (Turning Hands)
37. T…

Introduction

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese form of exercise for people of all ages, which has gained an enthusiastic reception from all over the world.

The source from which this popularity springs can be traced to the physical and mental benefits which result from putting into practice the philosophical concepts on which the art is based.
The founder of Tai Chi Chuan was Chang San Feng, a Taoist, who was born in 1247 AD. His accomplishments were such that during the Ming Dynasty news of his fame reached the ears of the Emperor himself. Titles and Honors were showered on Chang and a magnificent mansion was built for him on Wutan Mountain as a special gift from the provincial governor.

One of the greatest Tai Chi Chuan masters was Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872 AD) who, during the Ching Dynasty, served as the chief combat instructor of the Imperial Guard. He practiced Tai Chi Chuan for many years and his fighting ability earned him the nickname ‘Invincible Yang’. This gives us a good idea of the high esteem …

太極推手之原理及應用研究

練習太極拳,先從單式循序練習入手,或稱盤架子,在掌握了整套太極拳招式之後,便持之以恆地鍛煉無間,漸漸體會太極拳慢練的道理,領悟太極拳虛實,剛柔之道,與及何謂借力打力,捨己從人,以小勝大,以弱勝強,以慢打快的道理,在此同時,更旁及推手的練習,因為要明瞭以上道理,必須透過推手的鍛煉,才能實際體會個中道理,再配合散手的訓練,才能達至強身健體,以弱勝強之目的,否則亦得一套空架子而已,沒有內容,亦不能應用,好像讀書而不求解一樣道理。
在整套太極拳練習體系中,推手是不能缺少的,拳經云:「着熟而漸悟懂勁,而階及神明」。意即指此,我們在練習招式純熟之後,便要悟懂勁之道,最後才能達到神明的境界。至於如何掌握懂勁之道,則以推手為入門功夫。
太極拳發勁的方法有八種,即「掤、扌履、擠、按、採、挒、肘、靠」,而在戰術應用上,有五大原則,就是「黏、連、棉、隨、不丟頂」。要靈活掌握五大原則及八勁的原理及應用,推手可說是不二法門。
推手的內容,包括有「定步單推手,定步雙推手,活步、九宮步、七星步、大扌履步,肘扌履及俯仰」……等多種。而在練習上述各種推手時,可適當地發揮太極拳之八勁。上述之內容有限,但變化可說是無窮。
透過推手的訓練,可使我們反應快捷,感覺靈敏度提高,練習之初,先從鬆入手,在與對手搭手之間,從手部接觸之點,去感覺對方之攻勢與虛實,在這訓練過程中,可分為三個階段或可說是三個境界,就是第一:「不知不覺」,這是最初的階段,因為如上文說我們透過推手去領悟感覺,亦即所謂聽勁,即從手接觸感應對方發力,而於第一時間及時作出化解,根本沒有經過大腦的思考,手上即已作出第一時間之反應,而初學者對此,可說是毫無體會,更遑論作出反應,所以初學者,大都是在對方一發勁,便毫無反應地倒下了,根本連對方在何時發出這股勁力也不知道,這可說是不知不覺。
而為較好一點的,就是「後知後覺」,在練習一段時間後,被對方發得多了,吃虧多了,於是便能從失敗中吸取經驗和教訓,從手的感覺告訴他,對方已發動攻勢了,這時雖然知道,心裏想化解或閃卸,但卻來不及,有心無力,這是技力不足與境界的問題,但可能間中偶或有一二次成功地化解,這屬於中期這後知後覺階段。
最高境界的可說是「先知先覺」了,一般來說,必須經過長期練習,不斷吃虧,及無數次失敗方能臻此境界。到此階段,在雙方一搭手之間,對方進攻與否?是虛是實,心中早已了然,甚至可從容地試探對方,…