Taiji Articles

Patrick Kelly: Taiji's Balanced Way

by Kenneth Lau

Patrick from New Zealand, began practicing tai chi during university days, it has been more than 40 years since. During this period, he traveled to Malaysia, to learn from the Great Master Huang Xing Xian as his teacher, practicing tai chi twenty years, and is also the only foreign disciple. Patrick has around the world with more than Taiji school, with more than a hundred people on the teaching team and coaching thousands of students, and now he came to Shanghai, and with the internal practice as core objectives, the founder of Tai Chi Pavilion, designed to attract more Chinese youth to become aware and get in touch with Tai Chi, Patrick sees that Tai Chi seems like Chinese yoga, has a distant history and unique charm, able to bring a real balance of body and mind through practicing. Of course, Patrick has been using this method to maintain a healthy body and mind for a long time.

Inner Balance
Patrick, in addition to teaching tai chi, will practice for at least 20 minutes to two hours of tai chi exercises each day

TaiJi - Milestones in the Mist

Written by Joe Harte May 2oo9 (a student of Patrick Kelly, Durham UK)(joetaiji.wix.com)

The Singapore Taiji Society asked me to write something for their 50th year celebration magazine 2009. My first response was a polite 'no' - what could I possibly add to people who have had an established school for 50 years?! But I was persuaded otherwise as they told me of their interest in Master Huang's teaching as it had spread to the west. So it was only as I somewhat reluctantly agreed that I found out my teacher Patrick Kelly and other taiji notables such as William CC Chen had been asked also - just to make me even more anxious!! Anyway, you can only say it as you see it with your own eyes. My article below...

TaiJi - Psycho spiritual aspects of training

by Rob Hunter

The psychological component within Taiji is relatively simple to understand but psychological balance is not easy to achieve. The same thing can be said for Taiji as a whole. The way we initially work with the mind in Taiji is by turning our attention on to our body. We turn the mind towards listening for the unconscious body processes that occur below our ordinary mind or day to day awareness. By concentrating on and listening for these processes the mind sinks towards a deeper state. The focused concentration required for Taiji helps an individual slowly find the subtle physical and energetic sensations that accompany deepening states of consciousness.

The sensations we look for in Taiji usually go unnoticed by the ordinary part of the mind - the part of the mind we spend most of our day to day lives in. This ordinary mind is useful for living in our external world but not so helpful when turning towards our internal world. As we engage in this process of turning our attention from the outer world to our internal world our emotions are slowly pacified. The ruminative or associative thinking may quieten down and allow an opening for a deeper part of our selves to wake up. The part of the mind we awaken in Taiji is the part of the mind we pass through as we go to sleep, which is a hypnogogic state.
What is Taiji?
by Mark Wallis

By some wrinkle of personality, this title appeals to me. Mostly as it cannot be answered in words or written form. But like the teaching of the Taiji practice itself, someone who has practised in a more or less intelligent way with a degree of motivation, should be able to indicate the way towards understanding the question and offer useful tools to help an interested party to a better understanding.

We can start with some 'classic' descriptions of where Taiji lies on the scale of Martial Arts. If we were to describe Martial Arts as Hard or Soft, and put each on a scale, Taiji is typically described as a soft martial art with Kung Fu and Karate on the hard end of the scale. Arts such as Aikido, Jujitsu and sometimes Kendo, may be put more in the middle between hard and soft. This scale could denote the acceptance of using force against force. This is quite acceptable in the hard arts, and never used in the soft arts such as Taiji.

This scale also nicely equates to the scale of External Martial Arts, across to the Internal. Taiji and Ba Gua being strongly internal, while The Hard arts are typically strongly external. This External through to Internal scale may be explained as relating to the focus of the attention of the practitioner. With the external arts focusing often on the external movements, and to varying degrees, the gross forces in operation. By comparison, the Internal martial arts are focused on the internal subtle forces and movements (and deeper aspects) in the practitioner as well as within the partner or opponent.