Wahnam Taijiquan body-movement

Shen-Fa or Body-Movement

Having taken care of footwork, the next fundamental skill to learn is shen-fa, or body-movement. The onus of body-movement in Taijiquan is the rotation of the waist. Taijiquan classics often mention that the waist is the controller of movements. In Taijiquan, it is frequently the waist that moves the hands. The co-ordination of the legs, the hands and the body constitutes the “three external harmonies”. The “three internal harmonies” refer to “jing”, “qi” and “shen” or essence, energy and mind.

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