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In my opinion the concept of softness is perhaps the most misrepresented idea in all of Tai Chi. For many, softness is to be floppy, it is to be loose in both musculature, structure and position. I have lost count of the number of Tai Chi exponents that I have met who had embraced this idea, most of whom could not maintain their positional security when interacting with a partner. So why this confusion?
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Today we look at a combative consideration in the application of Tai Chi from the Classics. Here the verse describes the process of ‘severing the root’ of the opponent so that they can be defeated quickly and certainly. Lets explore how we can interpret this guidance.
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In this series of articles, I give my thoughts on various verses from the Tai Chi Classics. The classics are a series of poems, manuals and instructions left by famous masters of the past.
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One of the first questions that a teacher of a traditional art can expect to be asked from some circles is ‘Who was your teacher?’ or ‘What is your lineage’?
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