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Taiji Push Hands: Playing Guitar and Its Application

How to practice the classical Taichi move “Playing Guitar”? In this video, Master Byron Zhang shared his interpretation of the postures Playing Guitar in Tai Chi. He will share with you the application in push hands and show you the common mistakes. We truly believe there are numerous different ways one can learn Taiji, and hope this is one of many ways that will help you. If you like this kind of videos, we plan to produce a video series of more detailed explanations and push hand applications for each Taichi form.

In many of Byron’s videos, he will present various options for you to use in training. Some of them may suit your current state while others may be too simple or you may not be ready to comprehend at your current level. Master Wang Zhuang Hong in his book says: when you crossed the river, you no longer need the boat anymore. Also after you reached a new level, you may have to unlearn or discard some of the practices you used in the previous level.

This is a very useful video for your push hands practice by Master Byron. Please like it and share it with others.

Note that other Tai Chi styles or other levels may have different interpretations of this same topic, we hope people can appreciate this version.

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Push Hand Common Mistakes Leg Push & 3-point Lock Up

Push Hand Common Mistakes Leg Push & 3-point Lock Up

Note that other Tai Chi styles or other levels may have different interpretation of this same topic, we hope people can appreciate this version. 
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Push Hands Alignment Uncontrollable Shaking

Tai Ji Push Hands Alignment Uncontrollable Shaking

A student can not control his shaking while practicing Tai Chi push hands. We would like to share this video with you to let you know this is OK, even though it is pretty rare. Have you had this kind of situation? Let us know.
There are tricks to cure hiccups because hiccups are common. For this type of shaking, since it is not common, we have not found any quick fix, let us know if you have any tricks for the cure. Do you think the shaking may lead to some greatness or weakness, leave comments below?

Tai Chi Push Hands For Beginners, Part 8, Trunk is 50% Weight

Tai Chi Push Hands For Beginners, Part 8, Trunk is 50% Weight

Tai Chi Push Hands For Beginners, part 8. In this video I will share with you my own practice tips for the beginners.
In his book, Master Zhuanghong Wang discussed the body weight very often. So this time I am focusing on the majority of our body weight: the trunk which is over 50% of our body weight. This is the low hanging fruit, we could easily make improvement fast.

Sometimes your master teaches you 10 ways to practice, maybe only one of them work for you because students have different background and body conditions. The best practice is having a good master feeding you the correct force, however most of the time we are on our own. Many of the things I shared in the videos are not the traditional Tai Chi training, sometimes even they are the “wrong” moves, but I believe those “wrong” moves could speed up your progress. In this video, I am not trying to achieve the goal of Tai Chi push hands, because that is a very tough goal. This video I am only trying to reach the goal of increasing the size of your motor cortex (corresponding to the control of 50% of your body weight).

However this video may not be for everyone. Some people are very faithful in terms of one style practice, other people try to find short cuts. Both kind of people may reach their goal, see the link for “Learn Anything” video http://youtu.be/mLaJzvMobr0

Are you into training aids? This video also includes one demo to construct a training device. They are really intended for the very beginners. Please leave comments below if you are interested in testing some of the devices (however if not many people are interested, we may not pursuit further).

Hope other people can contribute more training ideas and let us know why they work for you.

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https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=169
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-7/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=139
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-6/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=124
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-5/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=106
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-4/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=97
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-3/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=91
https://basks.com/tai-chi-push-hands-…inners-part-2/
part 1 of this series is at
https://basks.com/tai_chi_push_hands_beginners/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=39

8-energy 5 Steps 13 Postures, 八門五步 十三勢 (all)


This is a video titled “8 Energy 5 Steps 13 Postures”, 八門五步 十三勢 by Master Byron Zhang. In this video, Master Byron Zhang shared his interpretation of the 8 gates, 5 steps and 13 postures in Tai Chi. This is a re-post. Originally we had this video in 3 parts covering the instruction as well as students’ practice. This video consolidate all parts into one so that you don’t have to try to find different parts.

If you want to view the original videos, here are the links:
original part 1: http://youtu.be/p-cjTlHCCIk
original part 2: http://youtu.be/nhU5YjsDBB4
original part 3: http://youtu.be/ToxmS5WfVJc

Note that other Tai Chi styles or other levels may have different interpretation of this same topic, we hope people can appreciate this version.
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https://basks.com/8-energy-5-steps-13-postures-part-3/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=104
https://basks.com/8-energy-5-steps-13-postures-part-1/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=93
https://basks.com/8-energy-5-steps-13-postures-part-2/
https://basks.com/forum/showthread.php?p=102