Learning Taiji/Taichi Chuan via videos
From the 1980s onwards, most people couldn’t learn much martial arts from videos or VHS because most of it was merely the forms or kata. Rigid, prescribed and patterned movements designed for the experienced practitioner to stretch, build up athletic abilities, and to remember techniques and movements required for applications. The beginner or ignorant user, had no idea of the power mechanics behind the moves or even what techniques the kata, from say karate or the forms of Chinese kung fu, were supposed to be used with.
Now in the 21st century, something else is going on with video format. People are beginning to explain the principles involved. Which is just as effective a learning process as being at a lecture hall or solving mathematical equations online. Math doesn’t change whether the equation is written down in front of you or on a computer screen. Same for the physics involved in physical force generation and fighting.
Here’s the review I left at the trailer link.
Really good training setup for people that can already pool yin and yang in the dantien, center hip joint from both legs, and releasing it. The 5 point pin helps me pinpoint where the energy is going, as well as using the knowledge of where force vectors go in my own body, to set things up in advance for the enemy’s body, since those bodies function on the same principles. I was vaguely aware this was possible, but had yet to develop workable applications or theory for it.
The middle section reminds me of Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. Know yourself and know your enemy. Thinking ahead, planning traps.
The shearing force demo reminds me of the no inch punch. A shock type impulse hit using gravity vectors, no matter what is being touched. Chen Zhonghua’s English and probably Chinese explanations have improved dramatically over the 2 or 4 years I’ve seen of the seminar vids. My original instructors over at Target Focus Training, prioritized a lot of this vector force mechanics using gravity, with no great emphasis on specific techniques except as examples. Studying Newton’s Laws, vectors, impulse force, has helped me visualize a lot of this energy, that would otherwise be called magick, mystical forces, chi, or EM (electro magickal) fields.