LFIAA Li Style (Lishi) Taijiquan “Practicing the Taiji Form with a Balance of Slow & Fast Actions to Release Power” (Taiji Fa Jing)

Over the many years that I have been studying and practicing the Li Style (Lishi) taijiquan all I seem to hear from the many other teachers who also teach a version of the Li Style taijiquan is the cultivation and circulation of the vital energy (Qi). But no one seems to mention or teach how to develop the correct body mechanics on how to issue whole body power (Zheng Shen Li) through the movements and actions of the Li Style (Lishi) taijiquan form.

This i believe is because of two main reasons. The first reason is that everyone is taught to perform the Li Style taijiquan form slowly, learning how to combine their breathing with their movements, which helps to cultivate and circulate the Qi helping them to strengthen their health & wellbeing. The second reason is that the emphasis on practicing the Li Style taijiquan is purely based upon maintaining and improving one’s health and not on developing taiji as a self defence discipline. Hence, this is why no one seems to mention the existence on how to train and develop the ability to issue whole body power (Fa Jing) through the actions and movements of the Li Style taijiquan form. When you decide to practice any style of taijiquan purely for health & wellbeing then a little of the whole art of taijiquan seems to become lost and this is what as happened to the Li Style taijiquan, no one seems to talk about developing their ability to issue whole body power (Fa Jing) in the practice of the Li Style taijiquan and using correct body mechanics to do this effortlessly.

There is no reason why the Li Style taijiquan form cannot be performed using fast movements. Which is why I could not understand why there was a reason to learn the “taiji flying hand form” which is some times also known as “taiji dance”. As again this particular form does not emphasise or include any understanding on how to issue whole body power, it’s just a bunch of movements performed at a fast even pace. If practicing the Li Style taijiquan form slowly is considered as Yin, then obviously practicing the Li Style taijiquan form with a combination of slow & fast actions can be considered Yang, hence to be completely balanced in the study and practice of the Li Style taijiquan every individual needs to practice the Li Style taijiquan form at both speeds. Practicing the Li Style taijiquan at both slow and fast speeds then allows everyone to develop their ability to store, cultivate, circulate and issue Qi as a power source towards attaining health, wellbeing, fitness and hopefully a long life.

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