Chen Spear Pt 10

Sifu explains the famous Chinese poems and sayings from the history of Taiji Quan. This time he talked about principles like 'Soft controls hard, small defeats big, Taiji is changing'.
As usual Sifu started the seminar with a lecture. I always enjoy it when Sifu explains the famous Chinese poems and sayings from the history of Taiji Quan. This time he talked about principles like ‘Soft controls hard, small defeats big, Taiji is changing’ and the fact that ‘everything is Taiji’. He then went on to explain how we can train these principles with a partner, using one hand or two when stationary or moving. Even a way to practise by opening and closing a door.
Luckily the weather in the UK was warm and sunny so most of us could be outdoors, which was lucky as it is a form that needs to be done outside, especially so you can spin and turn with the spear without worrying about destroying your house! I always look forward to the Chen Spear seminars as they are quite physical, generate a lot of heat and are fun. Some of the sequences are quite tricky too and it was great to go over and polish some of the difficult sections. I think this form must be very good for the brain and for our coordination as there is so much turning and spinning that it is easy to get lost. 
In the new part we learnt 3 ways to use Zha which makes you think about how techniques can be adapted and used in different ways and Sifu explained how the centre of a posture changes when you use a weapon so you can move your weight forward more when you strike.
by Peter Andersen

Student Comments

I really enjoyed the Chen Spear seminar today! Interesting lecture on the principles and how to train without a partner. It was great to polish the previous parts and learning the new section. Looking forward to next time. Thank you, Sigong. Best, Tom Hogg.
 
Inspiring lecture about how to practice more Taijiquan in everyday life.
I like the new bit with the three Zha – it is like the form is telling us not to limit out thinking – we should realise that there are many ways to apply the techniques.
Thank you Sigong.
Paul Hogg
 
Thanks Sigong for another great seminar. The Chen spear form is so dynamic and fun! Looking forward to learning the rest of the form. Alan.
 
It was great to get back to the spear today, and I especially enjoyed the breakout session where we had to think about how to train taijiquan using things from our daily lives – that was both stimulating and fun. Thanks for another great seminar, Sigong. Peter Hogg
 
The Chen Spear form is particularly challenging, but the energy is so amazing that it makes it such a joy to learn. Thank you to everyone in the break out rooms and thank you Sigong for teaching this wonderful form. Sam
 
The Chen Spear is a challenging form to learn, lots of coordination and figuring out how the spear circles and moves together with what the body is doing. It is getting a bit more familiar now, and it is lucky that we have time to digest it and get the feeling of it over a period of time. Thank you Sigong. Christine