Tai Chi Theory and Principles
Basic Body Requirements - Most Common Mistakes by GM Chen Zheng Lei
Here is some interesting background to how we move in Tai Chi. This should help the more enthusiastic students to learn. This knowledge is from the current head teachers and lineage holders of the Chen Style Tai Chi.
The Body can be divided into 3 Parts
Grandmaster Chen Zheng Lei's Theory
If you do not have a good relationship with your teacher, you cannot develop your Tai Chi.
If you are not a good student, your teacher will not waste time teaching you.
Tai Chi knowledge is a very wide subject. The closer the teacher and the student are, the better understanding the teacher has, of just what that student needs.
Outside of the class the teacher and the student should also be friends. A good teacher can direct you on the right path of understanding.
Having a good teacher and a good understanding is still not enough. You need to train
hard. A teacher can show you the movements but it is up to you to practise and train in the movements. Only through your own practise can you develop good gong fu.
If you train hard, you can eventually become a Master. In the West many teachers call themselves "Master" but they are not really at this level.
Beginners start by just making movements. They do not understand the relaxation and cannot feel the Qi . This takes a long time. Qi is created through practise of the movements. It builds up slowly. Qi is first felt in the hands. When the body is relaxed Qi can go to the Dantian (beneath the navel). At first there is only a small amount of Qi in the dantian, but gradually this will build up.
Learning Tai Chi has different levels just like going to school - primary, secondary, college, university. It takes about the same number of years!
Good Tai Chi takes up to 10 years to develop.
Tai Chi has 5 levels. Most people can progress through the first two levels. Level 3 is when the gong fu develops along with the Tai Chi feeling.
The 5th level is like wind and water (feng shui). It can be very gentle or very powerful and can quickly change from one to the other.
The Five levels are:-
1) Hui - Can do the form
2) Dui - Can do it all correctly
3) Hao - Can do it all well
4) Miao - Master Level
5) Jui - attaining enlightenment.
More about Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei on his own page, click the tab at the top. "More"