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Tai Chi's Five Principle Points

Yang Style Tai Chi’s Five Principle Points

Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan translates to “Grand Ultimate Fist”. It is a Chinese System of slow motion exercises designed to improve health, relieve stress, and build strength. Research shows that Tai Chi is effective in improving dynamic balance and reducing falls among older adults. Tai Chi can also be practiced as a martial art complete with self-defense techniques! Today, Yang Style Tai Chi is the most popular form of Tai Chi in the world.

Tai Chi provides us with a framework to correct posture and faulty movement patterns. These 5 Principle Points are outlined in Yang Cheng-Fu‘s 10 Essential Principles (pictured above).

The heels should be firmly planted with the forefoot in complete contact with the floor. The foot should not be overly rotated inward or outward.

The hips must be tucked into a neutral position, without being overly tilted forwards or backwards.

The chest should be relaxed and in line with the hips—not overly caved in or puffed out.

The shoulders must be sunken and downwardly rotated. The elbows must work with the shoulders to sink down.

You can use the principles to guide rehabilitation of any injury. They can also help prevent future injury and reduce chronic pain.

Read the full article here.

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Tai-Sifu Ben Stanley

Chief Instructor of White Dragon Martial Arts - Clairemont (San Diego)

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  1. susan on November 21, 2022 at 5:12 am

    why dont you post schedules or costs

  2. Tai-Sifu Ben Stanley on December 8, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Susan, thanks for reading our blog. Schedules will vary from location to location, so I would suggest reaching out to the school that is closest to you for more information.

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