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Illlustrated Explanation of Silk Reeling Essence of Taijiquan

Chansijing“The words in the second internal circle (outside the little Yin-yang symbol) are: Ke Nian (Restraining Thought; on the right), Wang Nian (Deceitful Thought; on the left), Si Nian (Personal Thought); then, following the spiral, are: Bailu Haoran zhi Qi (White Path Noble Spirit), Heilu ji Xue Qi (Black Path is Animal Spirit), Rensheng zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Human Life), Tiandi zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Heaven and Earth), Taiji zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Taiji). 

The first white path and black path are like Taiji Yin and Yang existing within Wuji (Limitless). The second white path and black path are like Taiji that gives birth to two Yi; these two Yi are Yin and Yang, e.g. Heaven and Earth. The third white path and black path are like Qi of Yin, Yang and Wuxing (Five Elements) that every man has and needs to live. The fourth white path is what Mengzi called Noble Spirit (Haoran zhi Qi); black path is man’s Animal Spirit (Xue Qi, literally Blood Qi) which, if joins Morality and Justice (Daoyi), becomes Spirit of Righteousness (Zheng Qi, literally Upright Qi), e.g. Noble Spirit. The fifth white path is the Mind of Dao (Dao Xin), the one that governs Qi. Qi can not move without Principle (Li), this Principle is within one’s Character (Xing). Black path is Human Mind (Ren Xin), what sages and men of virtue called Personal Mind (Si Xin). White point inside is Restraining Thought (Ke Nian), while black point is Deceitful Thought (Wang Nian). Only saints are able to keep Restraining Thoughts only and get rid of Deceitful Thoughts. Deceitful Thoughts are what Gaozi called feeding sexual desire (Si Se Xing). All humans have them. If a man could get rid of these selfish thoughts so that they would never appear, then (he would be) of pure heavenly nature (e.g. of pure primordial nature). (If one is) of pure heavenly nature, then while practicing boxing one would move following Nature’s Mystery (Tianji), naturally, lively, the original shape of Taiji would be unintentionally revealed in my body.

The three big external circles advance Yin and Yang from their beginnings; three internal circles say what Yin and Yang are being governed by. Three internal circles, e.g. what a man receives, are all within third circle, and originally there was no need to draw any further circles. (However since I) was afraid (that people would) practice boxing without understanding the principle of Qi governing, so there had to be another picture drawn, and (I tentatively) draw it to make it easier to understand. What is important is that three internal circles are all within third circle, third circle is within the second one, the second one is within the first one. This drawing explains particularly the core of guarding life (Wei Sheng), wonderful formula of Qi returning (Huan Qi). (If one) is expert in moving Qi (Yun Qi), only then one can guard one’s life; if one can guard one’s life, then there is support for one’s Character Restoration (Fu Xing), and Qi can rely on (this). Such Taiji Boxing is a study beneficial for body (Shen) and mind (Xin), character (Xing) and life (Ming). Sages say that cultivating one’s moral character lies in Character Restoration, which means guarding life and moving Qi are the core of cultivating one’s moral character and restoring it. (I do) not know (if this is) correct or not, for the time being (I gave) illustrated explanation to make it more funny.”
–   Illlustrated Explanation of Silk Reeling Essence of Taijiquan.  By Chen Xin (1949-1929).  Translated from Chinese and edited by Jarek Szymanski, 1999.  

Tai Chi Retreat: it all started with a quest for inner peace

Why not get along to Christine Liang’s wonderfully written blog about her experiences of training at the Yansguo Tai Chi & Kung Fu School. If you want to know what it is really like staying at the school and training here this is a good place to start. There is a short excerpt below and of you want to read more go and visit her blog.

“Yesterday, while having a crazy crazy day at work, with all kinds of issues driving me nuts, Master Fu came to my rescue. My phone rang and I saw it was him. It doesn’t happen often that Master Fu calls my mobile. Especially since I’ve left his school, two months ago.  So I grabbed my phone, anxious, excited, and I answered, “Fu Lao Shi, ni hao!”

Master Fu was at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, on a transit, and he was just calling to say hi and check on me. He said he was sorry he couldn’t make time to see me, but being in Shanghai, he couldn’t help but wondering how I was doing in that crazy city.

I told him that I am doing fine, that there are days when I’m drowning myself so much into work that I almost forget where I live. But on overall, things are great, because I was lucky enough to find a company where people really care (about doing a good job, and about each other). I also told Master Fu how I’m struggling to keep up with my daily taichi practice, that unfortunately I can feel my form is regressing already.

Master Fu was all supportive, not pointing at anything that I should or should not do. He just said, “I’m glad you’re doing well and that’s great you’re trying to practice everyday. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just enjoy taichi and there’ll be a time in the future when you’ll be able to focus on the training again.” So simple, but so comforting”.

Read more at the Tai Chi Retreat blog by Christine Liang

Hello world from Master Fu Tai Chi!

master fu menuWell this is the first post from the new website, which is not quite live yet and still being beta tested. However we would appreciate feedback and comments for anyone interested in having a look. Short term the aim is to get the site up, running and integrated into social networks. Long term the aim is to get the page on the front page of search engines for “china tai chi”. We will eventually develop a Chinese language (and possibly other languages) version of the site but that will come later.

We are also trying to point the old website address (masterfu.net) at the new one but this is looking like a complex and long term aim now :0)

What we do need is for you to get in touch and give us ideas for blogs posts and if you already are blogging on your own site and it is directly related to Master Fu and/or Tai Chi we can feed it directly into the Facebook page for you. The aim here is to make the Facebook page a home for the community of students and teachers who have or are training with Master Fu.

Really this is a collective effort so your input will be very much appreciated!

For those of you who don’t know me yet (yes this is not actually Master Fu speaking here) my name is Roy and I have been training with Master Fu for a couple of years and before that with one of his students Master Mei Juan Luo. I hope to be back there this summer and will be training up some of the boys at the school to keep this website full of interesting content. We might make some ourselves who knows.

Anyway… welcome and please give us feedback on the new site.

www.masterfutaichi.com

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