|Carefully "fixing the frame": Chen Xiaoxing adjusting the posture of Chen Zijun|
Don't over-emphasise the fast and explosive movements! The following training advice was posted on the Chenjiagou Taijiquan School’s website:
“Chen Taijiquan practitioners often have a misunderstanding about their training. Many think they have to be hard, vigorous and explosive to illustrate their martial abilities. Under this mistaken perception many Chen Taijiquan practitioners over-emphasise fali (releasing power) - putting too much importance upon trying to punch and stamp powerfully. Prolonged practice in this way is actually harmful to the body.
|Now Chen Xiaoxing corrects the posture of Chen Ziqiang in the Chen Family Temple|
Even experienced practitioners can refine and improve the quality of their physical structure and movement patterns. The time honoured way of training is to continually “fix the frame”. Teachers carefully adjust or “mould” their student's posture to come ever closer to conforming to the strict guidelines passed down. Throughout the process students must be patient as every aspect of their body, movement and posture is systematically rearranged – sinking the elbow, relaxing the shoulder, rounding the crotch, suspending the top of the head etc etc.
|Chen Xiaowang corrects Chen Bing|