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By MalJanuary 27, in General Discussion. Meredith’s descriptions of energetic development in Juice: Radical Taiji Energetics, are the first I’ve read that actually describe what has been happening in my practice over the last few years! This book is a huge help in watching and moving the energy, finally offering a n unusual!
Anybody else fascinated with Chuang Tzu’s statement that “The Ancient Ones breathed from their heels”, check this one out. I plan to get the book soon. Are you asking how it changed a tai chi practice, or energy practice in general? I don’t do tai chi. Tumoessence was the one who first recommended the book on the basis of its effect on his tai chi practice. He doesn’t seem to be online often The book is entertaining and informative. As he says having a good taiji form is required to practice as the book outlines.
It is accelerating the energetic development of an, ming and hua jin. It realigns taiji energetic potential from one of pure body mechanics and structural alignments to qi dynamics yet in a sober way.
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It does not support the idea that we can push people around using just qi. Most striking, to use the vernacular, is the degree and intensity the author describes the feeling of deep well being and ecstasy that proper taiji practice produces. This deep moving jin does develop push hand skill, but the energy according to the author helps locate deep seated tension in the body of the partner which is then exploited through a skilfully applied push. In higher level it is that their deep seated tension reacts to the highly developed jin, and they end up throwing themselves off balance.
Meridith says you will have to practice a type of tai chi series of linked postures to get much from his book, and not every tai chi practice will work with his system. While he recommends Zheng Manqing’s 37 move sequence, he says any tai chi style will work, as long as it emphasizes relaxation and not tension. He aims to help us rid ourselves of the “deep pervasive tension” that we all harbor, the tension that also gives a purchase for the energy trigger Tumoessence refers to in his post above.
Thanks for the replies, the key for me is what’s required to practice what the book outlines. A Tai chi form, check. An energetics practice, check.
The last real instruction Sifu gave the three of us before he left town regarding tai chi was “Feel the chi” I’d be reluctant to deviate much from what he taught, but then I’m also looking for more instruction and not having any success locally. His blog looks good basically if you think his book improved you Meredith gives a 7 step practice which involves doing a section of your regular tai chi while mentally tracking specific segments of energy movement.
You repeat a section of your practice 7 times, 10 minutes or so for a single rep. So it’s taking significant time to do the practice, but you’re doing your own form so long as your form fosters relaxation and does not foster tension. This 7 step practice is a small part of the material in the book. I’m not doing the 7 stage yet, but the book is very helpful to me beyond the specific practice he mentions.
It is more about ways of paying attention to the energy, and what to look for, a different set of points to focus on niwan, lingtai, dailingand cultivating the energy paths, than it is on any new physical forms.
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I’ll probably never be able to manage the push hands part of his training, due to the state of my knees, but the book is fascinating none the less, largely because he describes and pursues the energetic experience in words that seamlessly meld with what I have already juive by myself in my energy practices, far more so than I have found in any other source.
Your milage may vary. Not impressed he is too tense and uses too much force for my taste. The big guys posture is so bad he is a pushover.
But I’m not much for radica, I really need to touch. What he says about the niwan as the intersection of the third eye and the zhong ding has been helpful to me Meredith cites this element as a teaching from Cheng Man-Ching.
His discussion of “suspending” the crown reminds me of discussions about that in the last few months here. So, I am glad I read Meredith’s book. On the other hand, the book is annoying when approaching the question of how much emphasis on “form” is necessary. Perhaps this is only my personal radicsl but without the form and the alignments I constantly seek to refine and multiply, I would be totally screwed when it comes to learning the art.
I want to feel the “juice” Meredith speaks of more deeply than I do now but it ain’t going to happen without groping further down the path I am already following. And to that end, the lessons I get from my teachers about rooting and separting jings is more subtle and to the point than what Meredith advises.
The 2 that I constantly read are: If you do Yang style, buy these book, they are indispensable. This is the form that my Sifu taught me, except for a slight difference in sweep lotus with leg. I think it’s important to have a teacher to learn Tai Chi, while I really like where Meredith is going in his book, I wouldn’t need to read it if my teacher was still in town and back in ’08 I’m not sure how receptive I would have been right message at the right time etc.
I appreciate what I do learn from my teacher even if I cast about for more information than he provides by himself. It would be great enervetics spend more time with people I have encountered who could surely help me find things more quickly. But I balance my practice with a demanding work life so I won’t be rearranging my life to gain access to them.
That choice makes me energetiics determined to keep doing it as much as I can and less concerned about progressing quickly.
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Without the practice, everything else is just thoughts energetice against other thoughts in an imagined space that I have not been invited to. So, in matters like Meredith’s book, I look at it as a clue to be worked more than as a thesis to be proven or disproven. I have only been doing the form for three years so I am a newbie. I would like to hear what people who are far more advanced than I am think of his book.
Jjice because their view would tell me whether to bother with it or not but to get further clues about what there is to be done and experienced. What one person finds useless sometimes helps another. As for Yang Chengfu’s book, I don’t think it is as big as what he transmitted.
I read it with interest and the pictures of the complete postures are achingly beautiful. But one very interesting element to Fu Zhongwen’s book is that he was trying to address what was missing in that book.
And I guess another new book will need to address what is missing from Fu Zhongwen’s book The form I practice is from the Dong tradition so there are differences from what Fu Zhongwen specifies. Close but interestingly different. Yes, that is why I like to use them together. I feel there takji a lot of great clues in Scott’s book. I did gain some insights. However, now that i have a knowledgeable teacher i no longer feel the need.
If on the other hand he wowed me in the video i would buy the book. Energteics thing i have learned is if you enetgetics practicing with the right idea – what your teacher told you – you improve. If you can find some one to each to will learn by leaps and bounds. Check out the latest posts in Meredith’s blog. The latest on a form of Nei Gong sought after by many.
For those of you who bought the book, Meredith is writing a sequel, and inviting “substantive” questions. I definitely got questions! He writes on his blog: It will continue the treatment of Taiji advanced topics and get into other related stuff as well. If any of you blog readers who actually ponied out for the book have interesting substantive questions you’d like to hear my crazy take on, send those on in and if they’re a fit they’ll maybe appear unattributed though.
Email me ardical g mail dot com. He just sold the Japanese translation of Taji to a Japanesse publishing house! Check out his June 20th blog post for a fun story about a Juice “demo” in Tokyo:. I observe little internal skill. In other matches, i was pleased to see some well developed ‘sung’ skills, but.
I don’t practice tai juive or radicao hands knee challengesbut am very interested in the energy Meredith claims to be using. Since you have a professional eye and have seen the videos, I’m eager to hear your opinion on his claims and methods, especially if you have read the book, or at least know what he says about what he does.
Even if you haven’t read the book, what do you think of his claim? He says the response depends on how much deep tension the opponent harbors, and how much taiji energy he Meredith uses.
He doesn’t want anybody to get hurt, so he energwtics on to the opponent to keep him from flying off. Taiii is not interested in strict form, and I understand him to be saying that radicao chi is a tool for connection to your own internal energy, and that the prime directive in finding it is relaxation as you move.
So he does claim to be very relaxed, at least in terms of his own “deep tension. But, non-taichi person that I am, none of these factors preclude his actually doing what he says. So I am interested in what you see. Can it look like little internal skill from the outside and still be powerful from the opponent’s experience? Sure wish someone would jump in here who has actually pushed with Meredith so we could hear what it feels like I am not claiming I am an expert but I can only tell you what I think I know from my empirical experience.
The practice Tai Ji helps the body to develop an internal strength. This internal strength is very immense which is called “Jin” in Tai Ji. In regards to the “light touch”, it was no light touch. In order to pushing the opponent to fly away, then an additional force would be much greater is needed.