Progressive Taijiquan is a new training method I have created in order to practice and teach Taijiquan.
- The Secrets of Taijiquan are contained in the biographies of its masters.
- Taiji comes from Wuji.
- Silk Reeling is the fundamental skill of Taijiquan.
- Don’t forget your goals (don’t stop halfway; from Taiji come the 13 postures).
- Everything is contained in the form.
- The form is a series of qigong.
- Any deficiencies in the form may be fixed with functional progressive qigong exercises.
- Push Hands is the sole criterion for examination, testing and verification of the Form and Taijiquan skill in general.
- Push Hands is not Fighting.
- Heaven and Earth will conspire to help a moral and upright person find the way.
I’ve occasionally found lists of principles written by far greater men than I. I include them here as a reference.
Sun Zhonghua’s Ten Stumbling Blocks
As I found them in the blog post “Gongfu and Technqiues“.
There are many factors that are stumbling blocks on your quest.
- The routine is faulty.
- The teacher does not have the goods or he is not willing to share.
- You do not train hard enough.
- Your training is intermittent.
- You are not patient and therefore you quit.
- For fame and money you lose sight of what you are training for.
- You are double-faced with your master.
- Rely on your physical ability and do not pay due attention to skill and gongfu.
- You do not do enough research to enable understanding.
- You are unethical, jealous, proud, ruthless and harsh.