How to learn Taijiquan with zero foundation?
2019-10-15 15:21

Taijiquan is a very useful sport.

It is not limited by gender, age, site environment and physical conditions. Especially in mental work, sitting for a long time to work, study, and physical activity gradually decreased in the elderly, the weak, after training can feel that the physical condition has improved significantly. First of all, it can relax people's body and mind, and train people's spirit. It can also make blood and gas circulate smoothly and vigorously. It has a good preventive and therapeutic effect on neurological diseases, such as neurasthenia, insomnia, hypertension, etc. In Taijiquan, some exercises specialize in balancing the strength of the legs and increase the calcium content of the bones, which makes the bones strong.

Taijiquan mostly uses slow circular and arc walking, combined with leg bending and semi-squatting movement, combined with the alternating change of gravity center, through stretching, stabbing, squeezing, pressing, advancing, and other movements to improve muscle endurance, so as to enhance the flexibility of people's lumbar and leg joints. Taijiquan's body techniques such as virtual collar, heavy shoulders and elbows, chest and back pulling, abdomen and buttocks closing and so on make the practitioner's whole body muscles fully exercised and develop a good body shape. It can also improve cardiopulmonary function through correct breathing prescription. In a word, it has been proved by many scientific studies in China and the West that long-term practice of Taijiquan can improve neurasthenia, hypertension, heart disease, dyspepsia, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and so on.

I often hear some friends say they want to practise Taijiquan, but they don't feel easy to do it. In fact, recognizing the benefits of Taijiquan and generating interest in it, it is not difficult to get started. In order to let you learn faster, walk less of the detours I have taken, and tell you some of my experience in learning boxing.


Start with a simple routine.

Start with simple routines. For example, 24-style simplified Taijiquan is very good. It has few movements, short time (4-5 minutes), and comprehensive style. When compiling this routine, some famous experts in the whole country also considered that its movements accorded with human sports physiology and could be trained without causing sports injury. Then learn some more complicated routines. Next, before practicing four or five sets of boxing, don't rush to practise instruments. With solid foundation, it will be easier to practise swords, spears and sticks. We should step by step and not be in a hurry.

And then we need to get it right.

The second is to get the method right. Buy some teaching disks and books. It will be quicker to find a teacher who thinks he can practice well. Look more, watch the disc or practice with the teacher. Pay attention to the movement state, track and starting position of hands, feet and bodies. The most important thing is to practice more. Practice boxing, practice boxing, more practice can be punched. As the saying goes, "Fist does not leave your hand", that's the truth. It used to be said that "Tai Chi does not go out for ten years" means that people practice patiently, so Wushu is also called "Kung Fu". But now it takes less than ten years to practice. Now the teachers are more open, unlike before, they are not afraid of their apprentices grabbing their own jobs. Besides, there are so many books. Buy a CD-ROM and he'll practice it for you several times if you ask him to. It's very convenient. When learning boxing, we should learn some basic skills. Such as crushing, kicking, squatting and other basic skills to pull ligaments and increase waist and leg strength. There is a saying that "practicing boxing without practicing skills will lead to Lao yisong".

When learning boxing, we must conscientiously study self-protection

When learning boxing, we must conscientiously study self-protection. Pre-exercise preparation; after training, pay attention to do some collation and relaxation activities; do not press kick too hard to avoid ligament injury; during boxing, pay attention to knee bending direction and toe direction as far as possible, and pay attention to knee bending not exceed toe. There are also some protective measures you can use for reference when you are doing other sports. In a word, we should make it clear that the purpose of practicing boxing is to build up our body, not to let ourselves be entangled by injuries and illnesses again.

We need perseverance. There are many people who give up halfway through practice. They don't want to practice any more. They just want to be lazy halfway through practice. But it's not easy to pick it up after a long time. Keep practicing, practice more when you have time, and do not have time to spare a little time to meditate on one or two movements.

In the process of learning boxing, we should continue to learn some Taiji theory. Understand the use of boxing and offensive and defensive awareness, the movement will be correct and good-looking. And the more you practice, the more interested you are. Yang Chengfu's "Ten Essentials of Taiji" is familiar to most practitioners of Taijiquan.

It is easy to remember and comprehensive. It tells the essentials that Ding Taiji must grasp and be familiar with in his study, including the essentials of standing upright, following up and down, continuity and so on.

There are various formulations about the main points of Taijiquan. I realize that the key point is to squeeze the four characters of Shuru. They both require attention at the same time and in the order from shallow to deep, that is, positive, round, flexible and loose. It is the foundation; roundness and liveliness are the key points; pine is not only a state, but also an idea, which is what the martial arts practitioners need to pursue all the time.

"Zheng" refers to standing upright in the body, the virtual power of Taiji Ten Essentials, including chest pulling back, abdominal restraint and other essentials all contain this meaning.

"Round" means that in boxing style, the movement track of a single throw of one's hand must follow a circular arc, not straight to and fro. So some people say that Taijiquan is a round sport. Sometimes we see some old boxers punching their feet, and their routes don't seem very round. If you look carefully, they're actually spinning.

On the basis of solid movements, this "circle" is getting smaller and smaller. Here is a long-term training process from strangeness to proficiency, from outer circle to inner rotation. It is not a day's work, the beginner must be honest and round.

"Live" means that the movement should be flexible and not rigid. Head should be empty, waist should be loose, hands and feet should be flexible. One stiffness affects the whole body.

"Looseness" requires relaxation of the whole body. This kind of relaxation is controlled by consciousness, and is by no means lax and weak. Song is not only the key point that beginners should pay attention to, but also the very high realm of practicing Taijiquan. Many masters have practiced their fists to an exquisite level, but they still keep on trying to relax from time to time.

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