Training 功夫

Once a student progresses in building up an awareness of the body, passing through the initial stages of training then the Mind (Mind-to-body connection) can in turn be worked upon in a more direct manner.

Thus constitutes the specific training of the Intent (意 Yi) and Sensitivity (听劲 TingJin) within the fields of the lower, middle and upper Dantians (various levels of the Deep Mind), transitioning the student from a purely external, bodily and physical state to the realm of the ‘internal senses’.

This is a clear step and graduation towards what can be regarded as the Higher Martial Arts, typically taking 4-10 years (on average) of consistent regular effort from a student.

Traditionally, within the inner schools this process begins by the turning of the mind back on itself (as if going to sleep) in order to develop the connection into the inner sensors. Sincere long-term practice gradually opens the door for further refinement on the other various levels of the ‘Deep mind’(心 Hsin /Heart).

Deep Mind Sphere

The Deep mind 心

The Taiji proponent searches through the discipline of shutting down the very superficial parts of the mind to go deeper, training to coalesce with the inner sensors on the initial etheric levels of the Deep Mind Sphere - ie. The Lower Dantian (下丹田).

The 5 Inner sensors:

Joint sensors  (Correct body positioning & structural alignment)

Muscle sensors   (5 phase cycle of muscle changes - contracting, releasing, stretching, unstretching & neutral phase)

Pressure sensors   (Training resultant waves of force to travel freely through the body)

Warmth sensors   (Fullness and warmth/ Connection to the energetic forces within and around the body)

Pain sensors   (Co-ordinated control & calming of the nervous system)

These methods were known to only the few (reserved for inner door disciples), yet were somehow known alike across all the inner schools of the seperate distinct great houses of Taiji.

Training Syllabus

What we Train

5 loosening exercises   (formulated by Master Huang Sheng Shyan)
Taiji Short form   (of Master Cheng Man-Ching)
Taiji Long form   (of Master Yang Ch’eng Fu)
Taiji Quick Fist (San-Feng quickfist)   - Fast form with White Crane fighting roots (rendered by Master Huang Xingxian).
8 fixed Pushing Hands
8 advanced fixed Pushing Hands
Moving Pushing Hands (Taolu)
Martial Applications
Neigong (internal work/ meditation)

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