Tai Chi Techniques Features: Human and Psychological Characters

A famous tai chi practitioner Wang Zongyue said that: “What is the purpose of Tai Chi? To live longer.” ( in his “Tai ChiChart” ). This pointed out the real purpose of Tai Chi. A famous American scholar Fericiao Kapura pointed out in one of his famous articles “Turning Point” that: “Oriental philosophy and religious tradition always trend to look the spirit and body as a united one, so it is quite common that the orient developed a number of solutions for thought from body.”

We can observe the body movement from physical and mental aspects: higher intensity level; lower level of consciousness; lower intensity level, higher level of consciousness, those two factors are in inverse proportion.

The utmost target of Tai Chiis to preserve health; it’s slow and smooth in movement. It’s one of moderate movements (Heart rate is 55%~70% of maximal heart rate). When a man practices Tai Chi, his or her body will stay in a neutral state. In this way, the most favorable reflection will occur in both physical and mental aspects, and it will promote function of organisms to achieve the target of health protection aiming at practicing both mentally & physically.

In addition, in the process of practice and research we have found that the Tai Chi has significant character of ductility, namely the movement is soft, ductile, lento and smooth. This ductile character in the figure of movement has rich human and psychological connotation, and abundant foundation of morphological anatomy, kinematics & kinetics, and important biological significance and great value of health preservation. Followings are brief analyses on the techniques of Tai Chiin the aspects of human psychology, morphological anatomy, kinematics and kinetics.

psychological connotation, and abundant foundation of morphological anatomy, kinematics & kinetics, and important biological significance and great value of health preservation. Followings are brief analyses on the techniques of Tai Chi in the aspects of human psychology, morphological anatomy, kinematics and kinetics.

Human and Psychological Characters of Tai ChiTechniques

The health preservation thought of Tai Chi decides human and psychological characters of Tai Chi techniques. Tai Chi attaches special importance to brain’s function of adjustment and controlling on the process of life activity, lays stress on micro muscle movement induced by human thought & integral unified influence on body and mind, to reach the purpose of adjusting spirit, shape behavior and strengthen the body and mind. Thus it forms a theoretical domain of oriental philosophy in the method of technique, such as, unification of inside and outside, clearance of falseness and trueness, combination of movement and tranquility, combination of hardness and softness, co-existence of fastness and slowness, mind movement’s introduction of shape movement, natural looseness and silence, smooth and well-linked, adequate softness and intensity, alternative stress on the left or the right etc. It’s not easy to find out this kind of Pioneering work in the western physical civilization to perfectly integrate philosophical concept, body movement, practice of body and mind.

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