order to maximize the benefit of Taiji practice you must develop
the qualities of Taiji discussed in the Classics. These underlying
principles of practice such as, open and close, empty and full,
center equilibrium, apply universally to all styles of Taijiquan.
Master George Xu has divided the study of these qualities and
others into five specific training drills. They can be practiced
in their entirety or customized to suit the individual practitioner's
32 (#2) continues with two sections on internal training: standing
postures and taiji QiGong. Practice of the standing postures
in Section Three is used for internal endurance training focusing
on structure and filling the entire body with Qi.
practice is composed of external and internal training: the
physical elements of the form combined with the the flow of
Qi in the body. The practice of the physical form addresses
the external aspect containing elements such as, structure,
stance, correct movement, weight distribution. Taiji QiGong
in Section Four addresses the internal aspects such as Qi flow,
using the mind to move the energy, energy to move the body.
Taiji practice should contain both aspects."
these tapes George Xu, a fine practitioner, shows the kind of
exercises that teachers love and might not come across to the
less experienced. Soft, standing exercises show Xu's typical
depth of understanding and quite practical attitude to his art.
Unfortunately these brilliant series look almost exactly like
the superficial silliness so many Qi Gong "masters"
peddle. If you buy these tapes; you will have to pay attention.
contains standing and relaxation postures which develop into
"power stretching" and "spiral training"
Shows Standing Postures (always a core practice) and Tai Ji
Uses Peng Energy as a starting point to show multiple exercises
for all eight of Tai Ji's energies. This tape is more about
stand alone exercises showing the Jins.