Taiji Quan: Reeling Silk
Taji Chan Si Gong art is also known as ”reeling silk” or untwisting silk cocoon and it is a basic technique necessary for understanding the art of Taiji-quan. The main principle of “the reeling silk” is dan-tian guides and the body follows.
Main goals of this technique are as follows:
All practice conditions in the “silk thread” are built in relation to the lower Cinnabar field (dan-tian) and consist of two main aspects - Shun Chan Si during which the energy untwists from inside out, and Ni Chan Si, when the energy twists in from outside. Thereby, a certain energy spiral untwisting is being formed.
- Understanding the link between your moves and your breath
- Nourishing your body
- Developing your concentration
- Developing your power
- Understanding the duality of your body
- Understanding three dimensions
- Understanding four directions
- Understanding five consistencies
- Understanding six rotations
Shun Chan Si is a naturally untwisting energy, which first of all forms Peng and An forces, and Ni Chan Si is an inward and accumulating movement directed at the development Lu and Ji forces.
During the “reeling silk” practice it is important to be able to use the whole body, which involve being able to keep the three links – in your arms, body and legs. “Reeling silk” is the basic practice for understanding the difference between qi andping energies.
Main “reeling silk” exercises include
|1.||Zhan Zhuang||Standing inside “the pillar”
|2.||Zheng Mian Chan Si||Frontal spiral untwisting with one arm
|3.||Heng Kai Bu||Frontal spiral untwisting with one arm and one step to the side
|4.||Shuang Shou Chan Si||Untwisting with both arms
|5.||Qian Jin Bu||Untwisting with both arms and one step to the side
|6.||Hui Tui Bu||Stepping back with left and right leg
|7.||Chuan Zhan Chan Si||Straight (non-spiral) untwisting
|8.||Ce Mein Chan Si ||Side spiral untwisting with one arm
|9.||Dan Shou Xiao Chan Si||Minor untwisting with one arm (in both directions)
|10.||Shuan Shou Xiao Chan Si||Minor untwisting with both arms (in both directions)
|11.||Tui Bu Chan Si||Leg untwisting (in both directions)|