Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Sun style Taiji

I really like this tutorial video of the traditional Sun style Taijiquan form. You have to get past the introduction which seems to go on forever but then you get to Sun Jianyun. Look out for the nimble footwork!

The form is demonstrated by Mr Zhang. Note the complete absence of flourishes and embellishments so common to modern forms of Taiji developed for competition. When stepping there is no bouncing up and down which denotes a lack of power. Look closely at any traditional form of Taiji and you will see there are no flourishes to make it look pretty or satisfy stylistic performance. The real beauty is in the expression of the principles from within.

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