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Present at Creation

July 11, 2009

This blog will be dedicated to the discussion and perpetuation of the soft yet lively style of Taijiquan (Tai Chi) taught to me by Liu Hsi-heng of Taiwan. Until his retirement, Mr. Liu was the successor of Professor Cheng Man-Ching on the island who, in turn, was the founder of the 37-posture Yang style short form.

Although I have seen many styles of Tai Chi, and they all have their merits, none are practiced with the same lively mobility as the style discussed here. Indeed, even many practitioners of the 37-posture form rigidly adhere to “technically correct” postures yet miss the general style of movement which the form was designed to engender.

I have made the above observations over the last several years and now feel a strong sense of obligation to pass on the wonderful teachings that Mr. Liu gave me and help others interested in the style. For this reason, I have decided to start teaching this system much more formally than I had in the years prior.

This is my first attempt at a blog, so please bare with me while I get the hang of it. Any suggestions would be most helpful. And of course all comments about Tai Chi, internal boxing, or other martial arts training methodologies are most welcome.

I currently reside in the Washington, DC area. Anyone interested in classes may contact me. I plan to have a more thorough description of the style (including a more thorough explanation of the blog’s name) posted shortly.

Daniel

Blog’s Name Explanation

July 11, 2009

This Blog’s name is a quote from my teacher, Liu Hsi-heng. I place no punctuation between the words to emphasize that they are three distinct parts of one movement. To yield turn push is to transform an attack into the perfect counter-attack. The idea is based on the Taoist principle of changing softness into strength. When practiced, it works surprisingly well as a martial art.