THE SECRET OF THE INTERNAL FORCE MASTERS

Wahnam Taijiquan, Tai Chi Chuan

What was the secret of the great Taijiquan masters who had tremendous internal force? They had numerous methods to develop internal force, but their most important single method was “zhan zhuang”, or stance training. All Taijiquan masters, as well as masters of other styles who had tremendous internal force, had spent considerable time in “zhan zhuang”.

The biggest mistake many modern students make in “zhan zhuang” if they ever train in it, is to treat it as an endurance test. Not only they do not develop internal force, they often have adverse side effects.

“Zhan zhuang” should never be an endurance test; it should be taken as a relaxation exercise. There are actually only two simple, but not necessarily easy, steps:

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Entering Tao

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

In our school, entering Tao is a fundamental skill, which means it is very important, upon which the development of other skills depends, and hence is usually learnt at the beginning. Once you can enter Tao and generate an energy flow, all your subsequent Taijiquan movements will become chi kung.

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Three-Circle Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

The Three-Circle Stance is most frequently used stance in Taijiquan to train internal force. There are only two steps in its training, namely to get into the right posture and then to follow the three golden rules of being relaxed, relaxed and relaxed.

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Horse-Riding Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

From the Three-Circle Stance participants move into the Horse-Riding Stance, taking care to differentiate yin-yang in the movement and maintaining cosmos-holding hand position. The feet are parallel, and the posture is in a pyramid shape.

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Bow-Arrow Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

The Bow-Arrow Stance in our school is different from that in most other schools. Note that the two feet are in line with both the front toes and the back toes hooked inward at about 45 degrees, the body points squarely forward, and the front knee is bent forward (not sideway) and must not extend beyond the front toes.

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False-Leg Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

From the left Bow-Arrow Stance, participants move to the left False-Leg Stance. The front leg should supports only about 5% of the body weight. The body leans forward slightly to compensate for the different weight-distribution of the legs.

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Four-Six Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

The Four-Six Stance is also called the Three-Body Stance or the Stream-Character Stance. There are situations when this stance is preferred to the False-Leg Stance or the Bow-Arrow Stance. It is frequently used in Taijiquan.

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Unicorn Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

The Unicorn Stance is very versatile. It is usually called the Unicorn Step when it is used in transition.

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Single-Leg Stance

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

Good balance is essential in the Single-Leg Stance. The raised knee should be pointing upward and the raised toes pointing downward. The raised leg covers the groin.

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Holding the Cosmos

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

Participants move from the False-Leg Stance to the Three-Circle Stance with the hands holding the Cosmos. This stance enables chi to be focused at the dan tian as well as simultaneously circulating along the limbs, manifesting yin-yang harmony.

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Enjoying Chi Flow

Fundamentals of Wahnam Taijiquan

After stance training which cumulates at the Three-Circle Stance, participants proceed to chi flow, then to Standing Meditation, thus manifesting various aspects of yin-yang harmony.

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