Taijiquan Law of Neutrality and Self-discipline

There is a dynamic equilibrium in the increasing changing derivation of “tai chi.”  In the “Tai Chi Symbol consisting of Yin and Yang” bequeathed by the ancient Chinese people, the circle which can be both “immeasurably large without boundaries and minute without contents” and the S-shaped dividing line in the middle is just the dynamic equilibrium.  Tai Chi is a perfect circle without any content.  It can be so infinite as with no boundaries and so minute as with no real form.

Tai Chi, which indicates “the Great Pole” in Chinese, is actually on pole at all in the final analysis.  The S-shaped dividing line of the circle is the “moving line” when the two Qi of Yin and Yang is moving.  The curve indicates the constant change.  It being in the middle indicates that the movement of Yin and Yang always resulting in a state somewhere in the middle.  So here the circle that contains the idea of integration of conflicting parties and the S-shaped diving line that indicates the idea of middlebrow of dynamic equilibrium of various forces are contributive to the “Law of Neutrality and Self-discipline.”

In the Tai Chi table the neutralization of force and posture is elaborated most clearly.  “Chen’s Elementary Chart of Postures of Chen Style Tai Chi” by Chen Xin says, “Yin and Yang are derived from strength and Softness.  Thus the Tai Chi cannot be named as ‘Strength’ or “Softness’, and could only be named as the nameless Tai Chi.”  Chen Xin continued to elaborate in his book that “Pure Yin without Yang is like the soft hand and pure Yang without Yin is like the strong hand…Only when the 5 Yang combined with the 5 Yin without more stress on either part, can it be called ‘the perfect hand.’”  Here Chen Xin pointed out clearly that it should be done “without more stress on either part,” which was meant to seek for “neutrality” in its real sense.  By the same token, if we use the “Law of Yin and Yang” (containing many rules as “Interrelation of Yin and Yang”, “Mutual promotion of Yin and Yang”, “Ebb and flow of Yin and Yang”, “Transformation of Yin and Yang”) to handle various postures in the movement of Tai Chi, it will surely lead to the dynamic equilibrium of Yin and Yang in which the two elements of Yin and Yang are closely connected and never separated.  Hence the “neutrality.”  Therefore, we may make the most remarkable achievements in learning Tai Chi when we realize that each posture of Tai Chi can be divided into two elements, and take the initiative to use the “Law of Neutrality and Self-discipline” to seek for “neutrality.” 
Resulting from the movement of Yin and Yang, “Neutrality” is the goal Tai Chi seeks to achieve.

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