Quintessentially Taijiboxing the Art of Rediscovery.
Quintessentially Taijiboxing is more about a feeling than a description of a particular form of martial art. It describes a certain state of being, this feeling is more a kin to being in a state of Taiji rather than outwardly doing the Taiji form.
This rediscovery came to me on two separate occasion this year in two completely unrelated circumstances, so I thought I to share with my fellow Taiji players.
Taijiboxing is a extension of the original martial arts discipline commonly known as Taijiquan(Taichi Chaun). This art combines aspects of both combative techniques as well as defensive techniques from an external as well as internal perspective, thus providing a unique avenue for applications like personal protection and on going health benefits.
Taijiboxing is both an internal discipline and external art form. We utilize aspects from all four major family styles of Taijiquan, including Chen, Wu, Sun and primarily Yang style.
We focus a lot of our training on four major tenants; form, function, feeling, forgetting. This allows each person to develop independently but at a progressive steady rate, which is proportionate to their own needs and levels of awareness. This provides a unique barometer which provides an insight into each individuals “inner ecosystem” for health and vitality.
The beauty of this discipline is the the unique training and practice methods, each practitioner has their own moments of “rediscovery”.
It is a moment, when all the theory and all the practice seem to come together. This state of being is what we refer to as being “Quintessentially Taijiboxing“.
This feeling is subconsciously knowing the intimate state of “Eureka”, that instantaneous self recognition of correctness. It just feels right, natural and pure.
This rediscovery is a moment of spontaneous “Nirvana”, a Buddhist sense of “Enlightenment”, simply because it is a feeling of pure undiluted clarity, “just now” mind set.
This concept should be translated to all aspect of life, not just the practice of Taijiboxing. Developing an ability to be in a state of “Quintessentially Taiji” gives a different perspective on life, a more open view on any given situation, allowing you to access your higher sense of being in a more harmonious fashion. Keeping you in the present, allowing intellect, emotions and spiritual intelligence to direct your actions in a more pragmatic way.
It is also know as a Adaptive Flow Response, rather than a prepared (reflex) Emotional Response. As we know, emotions can be a great benefit or hindrance but are a very essential part of being human. when and if you are under duress or in danger it is your intellect and emotional fortitude that gives you the will to fight or choose flight as a means of survival. yin and yang aspects of your personalities makes for a better opportunity to achieve the Tao “path” to a vital and happier solution to any given situation and a more vital lifestyle.
Quintessentially Taijiboxing is more about a feeling than a description of a particular form of martial art. It describes a certain state of being , this feeling is more a kin to being in a state of taiji rather than outwardly doing the taiji form.
Taijiboxing is a extension of the original martial arts discipline commonly known as Taijiquan(Taichi chaun). This art combines aspects of both combative techniques as well as defensive techniques from a external and internal perspective. Thus providing a unique avenue for applications for personal protection and providing on going health benefits. Taijiboxing is both a Internal discipline and external art form. We utilize aspects from all four major family styles of taijiquan, including Chen, Wu, Sun and primarily Yang style .
We focus a lot of our training on four major tenants , form, function, feeling, forgetting. This allows each person to develop independently but at a progressive steady rate. Which is proportionate to their own needs, and levels of awareness. This provides a unique barometer which can used to provide insight into each individuals “inner ecosystem” for health and vitality.
The beauty of this discipline is that due to the unique training and practice methods, each practitioner has there own moments of “rediscovery”. A moment when all the theory, and all the practice seem to come together.
This state of being is what we refer to as being “Quintessentially Taijiboxing “
This is a example of when something just feels write, and by not trying to be perfect just going with the flow. In this case spontaneous Adaptive response technique. This is tied to your innate survival mechanism, but can usually only be accessed when your are in the zone, focused clear and determined. Therefore by not being attached to a preconceived notion of winning or losing only doing and succeeding. On both a conscious and subconsciously level regardless of the out come. this is when you get that “Eureka moment we mentioned before” that instantaneous self recognition of correctness, it just feels right and feels natural.
There you have it, that moment of rediscovery. It is a moment of spontaneous “Nirvana or a Buddhist sense of Enlightenment”. Simply because it is a feeling of pure undiluted clarity that is the “just now mind set”.
Our concept can and should be translated to all aspect of life not just the practice of taijiboxing. And by developing a ability to be in a state that is” Quintessentially taiji”, it gives you a different perspective on things and a more open view on any given situation thus allowing you to access your higher sense of being Human in a more harmonious fashion.
By helping you to stay in the present, allowing intellect ,emotions and spiritual intelligence to direct your actions in a more pragmatic way.
We all know that emotions can some times cloud intellect, but conversely intellect with no emotional and spiritual fortitude tends to fade very quickly by itself.
Therefore, by combining and harmonizing the yin and yang aspects of your personalities you have a better opportunity to achieve the Tao “path” to a vital and happier solution to any given situation and a more Vital lifestyle.
Yielding & Fajing: Push Hands with sifu Dennis Pounall
Push hands is a tool for developing awareness of your body energy and mind while under pressure and receiving force from a partner. This training teaches you how and when to apply force for the greatest outcome while neutralizing the incoming force of an attack. The vital lessons learned and the skills developed in push hands may then be transferred into one’s boxing drills.
Mindful awareness is important to achieve the energies of Taijiquan – a lot of self-investigation is necessary, otherwise a practitioner always returns to the use of external force as a quick-fix to gaining power. Push Hands is the arena where we refine this awareness of self and others. This training is an essential step in the development of the necessary sensitivity and internal power.
In a workshop we will be looking at three main components of Push Hands:
The Physical Body
- Structural alignment
- Weight distribution
- Stretching & UN-stretching of tendons
- Physical center of gravity
- Stability in motion
Yielding and Neutralizing
Some practitioners define yielding as going with the opponent’s force and/or redirecting the opponent’s force. sifu Pounall will suggest yielding as the process of absorbing the opponent’s force, actually letting the force into your body. The main qualities necessary to yield in this way are relaxation, structural integrity and the guiding mental intent.
We will learn to relax and soften the body and mind to let the incoming force enter our body and awareness so that we may use our mental intent to direct the energy where we wish it to go. During this process we aim to transform the opponent’s physical force to energy and the energy to emptiness.
Fajing and the Dunamis(inherent force)
Fajing means to issue energy or to issue force. The main energy trained in Taijiquan is awareness, or listening energy, and this awareness must be present throughout the issuing phase and it is actually this awareness that creates the Fajing, instead of some storing up of power.
In true Taiji, issuing force must be done through relaxation, through letting go, rather than through the storing up of power. “Song” is the relaxation or transformation of stress or force from the physical into emptiness. Returning that force from emptiness to the physical is called issuing.
Within the practice of Taiji Boxing there are a number of specific drills that help to enhance the “Soft Skills” for practical application whether you are fighting a disease are dealing with a physical confrontation. I will share foundation drills to develop the ability to release force at will.
This is what taijiboxing is all about
Taiji Boxing is great for people of all ages and varying degrees of health by combining Qi Kung Taijiquan and weapons training. It helps to provide a more rounded sense of well-being and a fun, dynamic approach to keeping in shape, staying aware and keep active, life is movement.
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Thank you for taking the time to share my thoughts with you
I hope you enjoyed it peace
Taijiboxing the art and philosophy of life..
Peace be with you sifu DENNIS POUNALL