Posts Tagged ‘Tai chi chuan’

“The most reasonable part in us is the part that does not reason.”- Tom Myers

The theory of Anatomy Trains, is an innovative relook at how the fascia integrates the coordination of multiple muscles in a single movement. In a simple way of describing fascia, the connective tissue that protects and wraps our muscles and organs, is in the relation to muscle movement would be as the plastic that wraps the electrical threads, muscle tissue, in wiring. The extracellular make up that lies outside the muscle tissue wraps it as a whole integrating a single movement instead of separate muscles working in a cascading chain of events as previously thought in physiology. For example the muscles of the entire arm could be likened to a chain of “sausage links” that can be moved together in a complete movement rather than one muscle activating another and then another and then another in response. The latter of course would not be an energy efficient system. These chains, or as noted as trains, are myofascial meridians and are likened to the the meridians in Chinese medicine. There are twelve trains, similarly like the 12 meridians in Chinese medicine, though, the connective trajectories along the body vary in various forms. I’m sure inspiration was drawn from Chinese medicine in this intuitive theory on how the body works. Though there is a lot of work going on at the moment in Anatomy Trains, the connections haven’t been proven in research or scientific studies. One can definitely see though the similarities in meridian theories and kinesio-therapeutics.

The twelve trains are,

The superficial front and back lines
The lateral line (2)
Spiral line
Superficial front arm Line
Superficial back arm line
Deep front arm line
Deep back arm line
Front functional line
Back functional line
Deep front line

These fascial line can demonstrate the kinetic movement of the body together or that of individual limbs in their directional movements.

So what does this have to do with Tai chi chuan?

In the integrative movements of the whole body while doing the form, one can see the coordination at work of these fascial lines.
One sees the movement lines and the stability lines as one performs a particular movement. Of course one could call the movement line as the Yang line, and the stability line as the Yin line.

These are some thoughts as I am progressing further through the form. In the next post, a break down of the arm lines and the movements of the negative and positive circles of the form will be discussed.


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A Chinese documentary on whether Tai Ji as a martial art still has any interest on China’s youth. It goes through its history and its applications as three youths learn from masters.

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I am a little late on this, but the location for Push-hands in Kyoto, has changed. Instead of the right side of the Kamogawa river. The group will meet on the left side, little south of where we were originally. We will meet near the gate ball court. (Rainy days will be under the Imadegawa bridge). It is near the Keihan Demachiyanagi station and the Subway Imadegawa station.

Directions in Japanese are at the link below.


Thank you friends in Kyoto

PS. We still meet third Sundays of the month… (Couldn’t meet this Sunday due to weather)

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A very intriguing style, another hybrid of sorts, but this time of Xing yi and Tai chi. Sun Lu Tan developed this form after many years of studying and finding the most compatible resemblances between the two. Quicker and livelier than the other standard forms of Tai chi, Sun presented a challenge to me at first since it was nothing like I had ever exerienced before. Sun has a slow tempo with quick nimble pick up moves and jumping or hopping forward steps. It is very playful, and also practical.

Sun Competition Style
This is one of the better demonstrations of the form on the web.

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Just encountered this interesting tid bit from Bob Patterson’s blog, Striking Thoughts. He relates how he was watching “The Brain”, on the History channel, and how he was fascinated with the different sections of the brain and how they relate to each other. On the show it was shown that athletes have facillitated the connections in the brain, making it easier for lower body connections instead of using higher body functions.

Research has shown that visualization still causes the brain to create new neural connections. ….. Eventually your brain builds so many connections that you can actually “zone out” and perform a task without thinking. In essence, the higher parts of your brain get shut down and let the lower parts work their magic. The narrator of the series noted that the lower part of the brain is firing off so many neural connections that it would quite literally vapor lock the rest of the brain if those upper parts got involved.

Interestingly, this is what they think happens with performance anxiety. Namely, those higher parts of the brain kick in, emotions get in the way, and that part of the brain short circuits what the lower part of the brain is very good at.

But how can we train our brain to stop thinking? Meditation! And you guessed it: The more you meditate the better your brain will get at learning how not to think. The reason being is the more you meditate the more neural connections you build. More connections means your brain gets very good at performing a given task and in this case the task is how to shut certain parts of itself down.

Now how do you help your brain get good at moving while not thinking?

Tai Chi Chuan!

You catch the entire article at Striking Thoughts

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48 combination form

The 48 form is another combination of the main styles of Tai chi chuan. I combines mainly Yang style with some Wu and Sun. The three hand forms are included- fist, palm and hook, with the nine stances- bow step, empty step, crouch step, cross-legged resting stance, T-step, semi horse stance step, one-leg stance, standing stance with feet apart, and side bow stance. The four leg techniques are incorporated- the kick, heel kick, slap kick, and lotus kick. These movements represent the main contents of Tai chi chuan, and omit repetitions of movements in the traditional routines. Generally speaking, a single movement is used once each in the left and right forms.

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