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Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan by CHEN XIN

Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan by CHEN XIN

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“The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknowledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook of Taiji philosophy and techniques. A work of intense scholarship which took over fourteen years to complete, this tome was intended by its author to be both the first ever written repository of Taiji lore, and a referential resource for Taiji instructors and practitioners for generations to follow.

The English translation of this canon marks the first ever attempt to translate into English Chen Xin’s highly esoteric and detailed technical explanations of Chen-style Taijiquan techniques, including his meticulous inscriptions for over 400 illustrations. Given the complexity of the material, the main objectives of this translation are twofold. First, to render the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible by modernizing and simplifying the language while conserving the integrity of the author’s intention and instruction. To this end, the Pinyin transliteration system has been used to standardize the spelling of all Chinese nouns, and footnotes have been added wherever additional clarification was deemed necessary. The second objective is to encourage its usage as a reference book by improving on the user-friendliness of its structure. Hence, minor adjustments were made in the order and naming of the chapters, and more importantly, the order of inscriptions explaining the illustrations have been clarified through a detailed numbering system.

While many areas for translation and editorial improvement remain, it is hoped that readers will find this first edition a useful introduction into the philosophy and techniques of Chen Taijiquan and a valuable source of knowledge as their practice and understanding evolves.
“The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknowledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook of Taiji philosophy and techniques. A work of intense scholarship which took over fourteen years to complete, this tome was intended by its author to be both the first ever written repository of Taiji lore, and a referential resource for Taiji instructors and practitioners for generations to follow.

The English translation of this canon marks the first ever attempt to translate into English Chen Xin’s highly esoteric and detailed technical explanations of Chen-style Taijiquan techniques, including his meticulous inscriptions for over 400 illustrations. Given the complexity of the material, the main objectives of this translation are twofold. First, to render the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible by modernizing and simplifying the language while conserving the integrity of the author’s intention and instruction. To this end, the Pinyin transliteration system has been used to standardize the spelling of all Chinese nouns, and footnotes have been added wherever additional clarification was deemed necessary. The second objective is to encourage its usage as a reference book by improving on the user-friendliness of its structure. Hence, minor adjustments were made in the order and naming of the chapters, and more importantly, the order of inscriptions explaining the illustrations have been clarified through a detailed numbering system.

While many areas for translation and editorial improvement remain, it is hoped that readers will find this first edition a useful introduction into the philosophy and techniques of Chen Taijiquan and a valuable source of knowledge as their practice and understanding evolves.

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  • Fig. 0.9.2 The coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams (cont’d)
  • Fig. 0.37.1 Diagram of Taiji performed in the black and white pattern
  • Fig. 0.39.1 Diagram of Taiji according to the Luo River Writings
  • a) Diagram of the Eight Assemblies in front of the body
  • b) Diagram of the Eight Assemblies at the back of the body
  • Fig. 0.52.1 Diagram of the Seven Chong-Men or painful acupoints
  • Buddha’s Warrior attendant pounds With pestle[1]
  • holding one lap pull on the roBe
  • single Whip
  • Buddha’s Warrior attendant pounds With pestle
  • White goose reveals its Wings
  • Brush knee and tWist step
  • posture of previous implication
  • Walking oBliquely and tWist step
  • second posture of implication
  • loWer stance in front of chamBer and tWist step
  • screening hand strike With hidden forearm
  • Buddha’s Warrior attendant pounds With pestle
  • shield Body and Punch
  • turn and lean By shoulder and Back
  • fist Beneath elBow
  • steP Back and whirl arms like a coiling silk thread
  • white crane reveals its wings (2nd Performance)
  • Brush knee and twist steP
  • fan though the Back or flash arms like a fan
  • screen hand and Punch
  • holding one laP Pull on roBe
  • single whiP (2nd Performance)
  • wave hands like clouds of Both sides (left and right)
  • high Pat on horse
  • ruB with right foot
  • ruB with left foot
  • well-Balanced single whiP
  • strike down like Planting into the ground
  • douBle raise kick
  • look at a violent Beast
  • screen hand and Punch (4th Performance)
  • small catch and Push
  • grasP head and Push mountain
  • single whiP (4th Performance)
  • single whip (5th perFormance)
  • Fair lady works at shuttles
  • single whip (6th perFormance)
  • wave hands like clouds: leFt and right sides
  • crouch step like a snake creeping out From a house
  • golden rooster stands on one leg
  • raise lamp toward heaven
  • precious pearl rolled Back into curtain
  • white goose reveals its wings
  • Brush knees and twist step (3rd perFormance)
  • Fan though the Back or Flash arms like a Fan
  • screen hand and punch (6th perFormance)
  • holding one lap pull on roBe (4th perFormance)
  • single whip (7th perFormance)
  • wave hands like clouds (3rd perFormance)
  • high pat on horse
  • slap on Foot with crossed hand
  • green dragon out oF the water
  • ground covered with Brocade
  • step up to Form seven stars oF the dipper
  • crouch step astride the tiger
.............. apply..147 Fig. Fu Xi created only Two Forms (Liang-yi): one undivided and one divided line to give rise to all the Eight Trigrams..10 Diagram of twenty-four acupoints allocated to the Hand.................... including photocopying....692 59..... Heart channel . Five num......126 Fig.......... In fact.... Illustrated explanations of the Ruler (Qian) and the Storekeeper (Kun) 56 26. Tose who indulge in these traits will be driven to crime....................................... 0............. with the other trigram pairs interacting with each other along the same principles as well — Qian and Kun..................................... Single Whip . Kan (water) is placed under Zi (1).... InTroduCTIon: Theory & PhIlosoPhy 2 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 2 List of figures Fig....... Precious Pearl Rolled Back into Curtain .........146 Fig........................51... She brings her processes to fullness and equal action in Xun (wind)....356 14.. eat.... midway between the heavenly fve and the earthly ten............................. And encourage your good friends to read this book too............ Illustrated explanations of Wuji or No Extremes ���������������������������������������112 viii 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 viii 46........................ • Two corresponds to Dui.. ing the language while conserving the integrity of the author’s intention and instruction.......... Xun (wind).15........ And the eternal shen spirit are managed upon one principle.... Ming-Stomach channel ... corresponds to dawn while the evening..............1 Te Luo River Writings (Luo-shu) ..1 The coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams According to the pre-birth sequence of Fu Xi: • one corresponds to Qian..12.......50....39.......................14. People in ancient times were unable to escape these vicissitudes...... Tere are four double-hours for transmitting communication.................. 0.......1 Diagram of the monthly wheel .........1 Diagram of Zang and Fu organs according to the Earthly Branches ............... 0. vided equally into twelve Chambers and limited to twelve months........ Kun (earth) and Gen (mountain) both correspond to the realm of earth.....................1 Diagram of the core of changes and development of the Taiji sequence according to Fu Xi .... which only cor.......... Young Yin above another yin makes Kan. White Crane Reveals Its Wings (2nd performance) ...... Illustrated explanations of the primeval state of universal qi around the year ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������74 31.........34 Fig.....159 Fig. 0... is borne in Kan (wa... there are fve excess months from Wei (8) to Hai (12)...........................51.................30......152 Fig.. eight and ten................. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds with Pestle . Dui is also subdued by Xun. Even numbers of divided lines represent the form of yin........65 Fig. High Pat on Horse ........ Walking obliquely and Twist Step ............................................... Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams movement according to the pre-birth arrangement �����������������������������������������������������������������������������25 11.. Grasp Head and Push Mountain . 0............................. As the saying goes.....1 Te Eight Trigrams movement according to the pre-birth arrangement ...... Brush Knee and Twist Step ............. these two extremes...63 Fig........ three.... A song on the diagram of Zang and Fu organs according to the Earthly Branches ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������159 55......” Te rain is a collection of water........ 23 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 23 9 • Illustrated explanations of the coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams Fig.... a bully nor an oppressor..... Tacitly pursuing your purpose..................... three and eight with wood....50.. 0....................................... the greatest service is done for her in Kun (earth)..... ter)............1 Diagram 3: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion .... hence it is the number of both the birth and completion of fre...41.. they all total ffteen.... Why does the heavenly number one give birth to water.... 0. Shake Foot ........... old Yin. Xun[5] ........ Te Qian trigram begins under number one while the trigram Kun fnishes under number Eight.. it also implies the completion of water in the preceding phase..............367 15... 0..........332 11....... both day and night consist of six double hours or watches.............................. Song of Yin-Yang correlation of the Zang and Fu organs �������������������������163 57..........................71 Fig............... As the saying goes.......... ledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook of Taiji philosophy and techniques... Kun Eight..1 Te He River Map (He-tu) ...... [1] An odd number.. Illustrated explanations of the round diagram of Taijiquan’s internal power ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������105 43............ 0. otherwise.2 Diagram of the Eight Assemblies at the back of the body .. the number of birth and completion of water[7] . is very much productive in Qian (heav...... Stupid and ignorant people today create the art of this country.......... provoke confusion and disorder Tis will manifest in the upper body as awkwardness and slug......... good or ill luck (ji-xiong) displayed through the idea of the binomial pre.. the Four Symbols (Si-xiang) and the Eight Trigrams (Ba-gua) ....................... despite the fact that when the yang of Kan is placed within it............ outwardly. Diagram of Supreme Extremes (Taiji) ��������������������������������������������������������������7 4.. though this is not confned by hours and is limitless in time........ 0..................... 0. which equals the symbol of Kun (earth)........ Te English translation of this canon marks the frst ever attempt to trans.. Zhen (thunder) is placed at the east while Xun (wood) at the southeast..... she rejoices in Dui (marsh) through verbal communication...................53 Fig..................... Compare this...........480 31.. its main function is in activity............5....688 58. Diagram 3: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion �����������44 20........ ner who utilizes his knowledge in a way similar to the post-birth qualities......... or nine series of 24 each........ and die young or who are gifted and rejoice in longevity.1 Diagram of male and female formation .... 0.. Diagram of No Extremes or Ultimate Nothingness (Wuji) �������������������������7 3..1 Diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures according to the yin form .. 0...........44......... Kun (earth)... White Goose Reveals Its Wings ..... otherwise....280 5....... six...50 Fig.................... We try for people’s understanding Tat Inner and outer work in accord with each other................... Kan... Te brightness of yang is manifested externally in the image of Li (fre)............. there is no way to realize the way of changes... Qian (heaven). birth sequence of Fu Xi �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������27 12.....42 Fig... 0........... Te all-embracing pattern.. tion... When six is added to nine...... wind......... Te Taijiquan practioner must apply ceaseless eforts to make his mind penetratingly aware of each tiny transformation taking place in the pos.............2 Diagram of heaven’s origin and the moon’s cavern (bottom) ...........1 The Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of King Wen Inscriptions: Li........... which states that the Light-coloured half of the Taiji motif exists in opposition to the dark half....... 0..... 0.................... without permissing in writing from the publisher...... One yang above a yin makes a symbol that can be classifed as Young Yin or a naturally young female.......... 10 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 10 Te number fve is located at the center (zhong) of the motif................... God is represented as the heavenly virtue of integrity whose energy in the yearly cycle begins in spring� Tus he comes forth in Zhen...... Qian........156 Fig... tain order............1 Diagram of the inversion of the sixty-four fgures ... she who goes ahead will achieve high virtue (de) in the end... corresponding to the number of days in the lunar year........ we mul.................. Hence water is able to refect things from within but not from outside.......... to be subse. and six......... the dark yin (negative pole or ‘fsh’) in the Taiji motif............................ one must respect the body and mind.............. Illustrated explanations of interaction between heaven and earth according to the Yellow River Chart ��������������������������������������������������������������101 41................... 0...... Roll Foward .... corresponds to late winter and the beginning of spring�” of prime signifcane in Confucius’ explanations of the Eight Trigrams is the meaning allocated to the word ‘resistance’ or ‘fghting.... Te Four Symbols put forth the Eight Trigrams: Qian............... But incomparable in their courage...................... 0. keeping the eyes open....... 0..... and post-stratum of one’s gong-fu as the system of internal energy cultiva...... Regarding the name of Taijiquan �����������������������������������������������������������������184 67........... Zhen..231 iv.......... the Four Symbols (Si-xiang) and the Eight Trigrams (Ba-gua)����������������������������������������������������������������������20 9.............. 陳 鑫 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 The IllusTraTed Canon oF Chen FamIly TaIjIquan by Chen Xin (Chen Pin San) Wen County Henan Province iv 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 iv Published by INBI Matrix Pty Ltd po box 775.......3... Te pre-birth arrangement also discriminates equally between six yin and six yang with trigrams and places trigrams pairs in opposition to each other to stimulate the heavenly and earthly numbers crossing down. 0..... 0............ “one’s words should express the spirit and wisdom of one’s mind..1 Supreme Extremes (Taiji) ... gishness....... Qian becomes full in the south and rests in the northwest...... while the virtue of Kan depends on the collection of water in Dui.......488 32........... Strike Down like Planting into the Ground ... Shield Body and Punch .. Dui (marsh) is located at the west while Qian (heaven) at the northwest.......522 xi 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 xi VoLUME THREE: Postures 37-66 37..... yin arrives at Hai (12) and represents the earthly half........435 25... minus an additional 6 de..... we see how yin and yang create the internal and external manifestations of Kan and Li....225 iii......5 Diagram of nine acupoints allocated to the Hand-Shao-Yin.. it is hoped that readers will fnd this frst edition a useful introduction into the philosophy and techniques of Chen Taijiquan and a valuable source of knowledge as their practice and understanding evolves.. and symbolizes what has fallen down� He who ascends to the superior position must be at ease and Light while those below in difcult circumstances must work hard and sufer much� Terefore Kan is the symbol of hardship. Te lines of Young Yang interact with the lines of Young Yin.......456 28... six....... Pericardium channel ........ the earthly numbers[4] ...418 22................. two and seven with fre....7 Fig............. Illustrated explanations of Taiji performed in the black and white pattern �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������95 38..1 Square diagram of Taijiquan’s external form ........................ 0.................. tional 6 degrees of the sign Hai (12).............. Inwardly.............................378 17...” Tis means that only a modest practitioner is able to sufciently purify her mind to adopt the teachings of the master........1 Diagram of eleven acupoints allocated to the Hand-Tai-Yin..... symbol of yang.................... Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������34 15.. therefore Zhen and Xun belong to wood.... Shake Foot .52....... which amounts to 210 degrees of the circle..........1 No Extremes or Ultimate Nothingness (Wuji). to heaven fve..........26....... the Four Symbols (Si-xiang) and the Eight Trigrams (Ba-gua) Fig.......... All these things must be combined into one power.........................35 Fig. If not.. Upon arrival at Wu (7)....3 Diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures (cont’d) ......59 Fig................ Te sector under numbers Zi (1)........1 Diagram of the transverse interrelation of the sixty-four fgures ............................................. Revised treatise on Taijiquan ������������������������������������������������������������������������178 64............1 The Luo River Writings (Luo-shu) Te numbers in the Luo River Writings come to a total of forty-fve..... Terefore the myriad things between heaven and earth obtain their forms and have certain corresponding numbers or destinies to pass through.........................58 Fig...81 Fig.......... From Zi (1) to Wu (7) there are seven excess months..... 0............... In actual fact...................... Diagram of Wuji or No Extremes...... Spirit is what makes all myriad things beautiful in communica....39 Fig............. Diagram of Taiji or Supreme Extremes ...... a marsh..... which.... but the marsh collects its waters in the south. Revised statement on the Taijiquan Classics �����������������������������������������������182 66.... Terefore daytime consists of seven watches while the night has fve.................................... such a combination denotes that the symbols for mountain and marsh exchange infuences..... Maroubra 2035 NSW Australia Copyright © 2007 INBI Matrix Pty Ltd Translation © 2007 Alex Golstein All rights reserved................ But those who employ the spirit of gong-fu are very few And cannot be compared in number......... one...... A sum of two (Dui) and Seven (Gen) less one make eight.24 Fig........... east.............. irregular and abrupt qi fow. vi 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 vi Table of Contents INTRODUCTION: THEORY & PHILOSOPHY 1..33 Fig... Diagram of heaven’s origin and the moon’s cavern �������������������������������������58 27..................50.. eight) correspond to the four corners (si yu) respectively: thunder............ reeling method of the energy regeneration to move Qian and Kun silently without breaking.. the depths from which Dui is created........... opening and closing.... First edition.................................. tion............581 44.................... cepts which state that the binomial yin and yang issue forth from Kan (wa.................. the symbol of stop................ but not with Wu (7)......... Te second objective is to encourage its usage as a reference book by impro... 0......... ving on the user-friendliness of its structure.. fve and ten with earth... in the direction from the south to west... seven................. Illustrated explanations of the primeval state of the universal qi around the day �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������79 33. the earthly number four give birth to metal? According to arrangement of the Eight Trigrams. tures...........711 62....... Verbal communication runs in all directions and is unconfned by methods............................634 49.. the Pinyin transliteration system has been used to standardize the spelling of all Chinese nouns..698 60.. and the moon appears at the west..50. once water is mature.. Yang-Small Intestine channel .............. Brush Knees and Twist Step (3rd performance) ... [2] An even number...614 47............................... and metal and fre with the southwest�” [6] Also written as Zhu Xi.... One yin above another yin makes a symbol that can be classifed as Old Yin or a naturally old female� Old Yang above another yang makes Qian. the yin substance is engendered under the number Wu (7)...... it ex.... Also. in the time of penetration into summer� Tis process is called ‘Xun’� Xun is placed at the southeast� Communication of the myriad things here brings full and equal action� Zhen is followed by Xun..... Entitled by the all-embracing name Taiji.. one hour after sun........4...45 3 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 3 Fig.... Mao (4).. Researchers and explainers of the Book of Changes............ Diagram of Taiji giving birth to the compatible 128 fgures �����������������������48 23.....112 Fig............... A good master will have no need to add or detract from these principles................48 Fig........................................ Terefore Li belongs to fre........... so the sages of old taught them the correct way through making great deals........ “…blowing gen... in turn................. Restricting ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������213 72........... which is the place of the Sovereign and of Taiji (Supreme Extremes)...... Explanations of Taijiquan application �����������������������������������������������������������209 71................1 Diagram of Wuji of No Extremes ................... including his meticulous inscrip........625 48...20.......... minor adjustments were made in the order and naming of the chapters.. Gen (mountain) and Kun (earth) are placed at the north............... the heavenly number three give birth to wood... therefore Gen and Kun belong to earth....................1 Diagram of the six phases of qi energy according to the yearly cycle ...... she works hard and becomes exhausted in Kan (water)................................................... leading to fragmentation of the entire Taiji routine.......... Young Yin.............4 Diagram of twenty-two acupoints allocated to the Leg-Tai.............. Useful notes to readers �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������5 2. and four with six................... A work of intense scholar....722 64......... Punch to Crotch .. while nine is the number of heaven..... One yin above a yang makes a symbol that can be classifed as Young Yang or a naturally young male........................1 Diagram of heaven’s origin and the moon’s cavern (top) ....... then to Dui and Qian...12 Fig.... Illustrated explanations of the core of changes and development of the Taiji sequence according to Fu Xi �������������������������������������������������������������81 34.............42. three. Some statements on the Taijiquan Classics��������������������������������������������������180 65. Screen Hand and Punch (6th performance) ... • Eight corresponds to Kun.......’ which though never maintained in Kun (docility)..... to earth six........ which all Confucian scholars interpret without exception as a symbol of peril and evil.140 Fig................... eight and ten.... 0....2 Vertical diagram of yin according to the doctrine of growth and decline. Li rests in the east but becomes full in the south.................. Li (fre) is located under Wu (7). Li............. Roll Backward ...... Both sets make a total of 360 degrees.... Tis word.. it is quite difcult to see that the former forms an integral part of the latter.. correlates with the following Wei (8)......11 Diagram of forty-fve acupoints allocated tothe Leg-Shao..15......... Master Zhu-Zi[6] states that King Wen’s arrangement is still as yet ungraspable because there remains many unresolved issues......... Slap on Foot with Crossed Hand ........ Holding one Lap Pull on the Robe ......... Illustrated explanations of the square diagram of Taijiquan’s external form �����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������107 44..... or by any information storage or retreival system.123 Fig........................119 Fig........................... yin and yang........ bers that demonstrate the fractional amount to compose the whole number of the true roots...... Diagram 2: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion �����������43 19......... 0. en or strength)............................... the sun rises at the east......... Te odd number one and the even number eight are the natural numbers of heaven and earth..17 Diagram of twenty-four acupoints allocated to the Ren-mai channel . You can pass on heaven and earth............ Te ancient Taiji diagram ��������������������������������������������������������������������������������85 35................ which is the natural em.... ral way.... As a conse...............................726 65................. such a combination means that the symbols for thunder and wind stimulate each other even more...... When yin sub.......... thereby efecting changes and transformations......328 10....161 5 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 5 1 • Useful notes to readers When learning Taijiquan....... Look at a Violent Beast ..............1 Diagram of the eight trigrams’ growth and decline in the sequence according to Fu Xi .......... Explanations of the vertical diagram of yang and the vertical diagram of yin according to the doctrine of growth and decline.............. Song of the main acupoints and their sites ���������������������������������������������������170 62..... so vigorous people struggle a lot in Qian� Kan (water) is a drawback or hazard....... “How marvelous!” 19 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 19 Te whole point is never to carry things out to extremes.........1 No Extremes or Ultimate Nothingness (Wuji) 3 • Diagram of Supreme Extremes (Taiji) Fig.... fre............. recording....... symbol of yin or seven solar months of 31 days and fve solar months of 30 days are distributed in a cer..........307 8...................43 Fig.. 0........... earth must be born.... three... amount to thirty... Step Back and Whirl Arms like a Coiling Silk Tread . the cycle has neither a beginning nor end.50......................... Xu (11) and Hai (12) respectively. • the Five Phases in the center..... Be aware of the Classics and never cheat others — Tese words you can take as your lifetime motto! Enjoy this book’s long-awaited publication................................ fve...... You (10).. Illustrated explanations of Taiji according to the Yellow River Chart ������98 39..........427 24.. bers also belong to earth: two...67 Fig.... Since yin of Li is placed within it............... reverence.. Which gives to the myriad things their completion.......... the yang substance comes forth under the number Zi (1).472 30.. Te above sequence of the Eight Trigrams is arranged in accordance with the numbers of creation under the principle of the Five Phases.............50................... Wave Hands Like Clouds: Left and Right Sides .. omissions or missing words in this book......... four... 0..317 9.. Shao-Yang-Triple Warmer channel .............. Gen (mountain).......... yang does not come forth under Zi (1) but issues forth under Hai (12) according to the earthly Branches. Useful notes to readers. He who attains the post-birth qualities can understand the wholeness of integral numbers......... belying its importance........... 0.............. to be replaced then by Qian............. 0......... Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of Fu Xi ������������������������������������������������������������������11 7.......27.............1 Te Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of King Wen.. surpassing Qian in the previous position under the Hai number.......................607 46.. but thunder shakes and peals in the northeast..........659 53...2 Diagram of the eight trigrams’ growth and decline in the sequence according to Fu Xi (cont’d) ....... Wave Hands Like Clouds (3rd performance).... Kan...............................291 7...1 Diagram of the Taijiquan’s silk-reeling method of energy regeneration ........................7 Diagram of twenty-seven acupoints allocated to the Leg.......................... Zhen starts its completion at the fnal stage of Gen...................1 Diagram of Taiji performed in the black and white pattern .............. quence.. while the darkness of yin is manifested from within in the image of Kan... Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of King Wen ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������12 8. or the pure yang or positive pole.............656 52....27...... Young Yang above another yang makes Xun.. the symbol of Qian (heaven). nine to autumn and six to winter....... 0....... 16 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 16 Looking at this..................... 0....... ways follows the latter and vice versa.... tions of Chen-style Taijiquan techniques..36. while the lower body becomes unbalanced and ‘uprooted’.... 0.... Comparing King Wen’s sequence with that of Fu Xi..........739 66..... this is explained by the heaven-earth and yin-yang con..338 12........ relation’ of heaven and earth.... tai-yang.... Although Taijiquan does not play a signifcant part in modern society...........................50. Single Whip (2nd performance) .... Gen.. Treatise on the Central Miraculous Channels Ren-mai and Du-mai �����166 61...... Young Yin above another yin makes Zhen. mountain and marsh............ earth... Tis includes the concepts of virtue (de).... there are people who drink...................444 26....................... 7 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 7 2 • Diagram of No Extremes or Ultimate Nothingness (Wuji) Fig................ earth.5....... one can determine this by following the pre-birth sequence......... electronic or mechanical......1 Vertical diagram of yang according to the doctrine of growth and decline.. it seems to me that most people still do not comprehend their meaning.............. 13 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 13 All Confucian scholars base their writings regarding King Wen’s sequence of the Eight Trigrams on Master Shao-Zi’s interpretation.......1 Diagram of Taiji giving birth to the compatible 128 fgures ...423 23........ According to the yearly arrangement approportioned by the numbers Zi (1) and Wu (7). You can see a great many of them in every sphere and feld............ White Goose Reveals Its Wings ............ one cannot commit any violence..9....... Explanations of the Ancient Taiji Diagram ��������������������������������������������������86 36..283 6... stance is empty....................... erwise she who is complacent provokes trouble... • Seven corresponds to Gen..............16 Diagram of twenty-eight acupoints allocated to the Du-mai channel ............... dance of the four seasons..93 Fig..... resulting in a loss of integrity and harmony of yuan-qi or primordial energy.... the practitioner cannot aford any display of ir.1 Diagram 4: Sequence of the fgures according todirect inversion ....446 27............... and the sum of four (Zhen) and fve (Xun) less one.... 0. Single Whip (5th performance) ........ but focus instead on studying the theory of the art. Illustrated explanations of the Tree Powers (San-cai) �������������������������������67 29....46. the vale wind disperses shadows and drives away the rain..32.... Explanation of the Luo River Writings (Luo-shu) �����������������������������������������9 6.109 Fig..............705 61..... Kan Six..... the post-birth qi energy................396 20................. King Wen begins his sequence with the Zhen fgure (thunder).. people of the boxing world exclaimed...... metal and water respectively................... Four verses on the silk-reeling method of Taijiquan ���������������������������������117 50..................... seven and nine.. such a combination is called the ‘transverse inter........ while wood and water correlate with the southeast........... 0....... the most distributed representation of the Eight Trigrams has defaulted to one showing images of the annual seasons — spring..... also known as ‘hardship’......344 x 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 x VoLUME TWo: Postures 13-35 13..... Single Whip (4th performance) .. 18 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 18 According to the yearly yin and yang cycle...... 0... Horizontal diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures according to the yin form ��������������������������������������������������33 14......... 0.............. grees of Qian.................56 Fig......79 Fig.98 Fig.50....................1 Diagram of Taiji according to the Luo River Writings ......538 38......4...................... evoking much commentary from successive sages....... If one cannot practice self... and it gives birth to all grains..... according to which the Qian trigram is located south above the circle but Kun is placed north below it..672 57....236 2.130 Fig......3 Diagram of forty-fve acupoints allocated tothe Leg-Yang............29............... Te 24 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 24 sequence of the Eight Trigrams according to Fu Xi also starts from Qian and Kun...... corresponds to twilight........... fve............. how can the art of Taijiquan be mastered? When learning Taijiquan.668 56....... 0....................... Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams according to the pre.. Te secret of success in combat �����������������������������������������������������������������������215 ix 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 ix VoLUME oNE: Overview & Postures 1-12 PART 1: Overview i.... 0..44 Fig....... who during infantry exercises or combat...............19.............. fullness and emptiness..... 0... Posture of Previous Implication ........... Small Catch and Push ...................... Song of blood circulation according to the twelve watches �����������������������164 59.......... Kan belongs to water. Dui...387 18.........2 Diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures (Translation) .......... making a totally of 144 degrees. the number of birth and completion of fre[8] .................. 0. Regarding the origins of Taijiquan ���������������������������������������������������������������186 68. 0......... Inscriptions within the circle: shao-yang.......40............ the issuing forth of yin is inappropriate under Wu (7). ter) and Li (fre) and are placed under the numbers Zi (1) and Wu (7).. Tat is why it is said that the heavenly number one produces water. Xun..... 0....................... to heaven seven............. Whose nature is to return to his origin...............................................14...103 Fig......8... • Six corresponds to Kan..... in other words.. tly. According to the sequence of King Wen..... otherwise one will inevitably get into trouble.......... frst formed by a Confucian scholar in the Song period (960-1279)...................50...... 0.......... Explanation of the He River Map (He-tu) �������������������������������������������������������8 5... Concepts of the human body ��������������������������������������������������������������������������191 70... Tis will make the practice and mastery of Taijiquan easier..... Hence.... Illustrated explanations of the silk-reeling method applied in the human body (back view) ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������115 48.... the total is always ten... 6 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 6 Te Taijiquan practioner must frst of all study the theory and learn the classics to grasp the nature and core principles of Taijiquan..... he who doesn’t pay attention to his movements and postures will lose control over his senses and as a result...... Kun..1 Diagram of the twenty-four qi or solar periods .33...... the apparently equal divisions of the Eight Trigrams reveal a deeper complexity....... Holding one Lap Pull on the Robe .........46 Fig.. As for divisions in the day during spring and autumn... in such a way that the coiling threads or spiral-like lines arrange vital energy fow thoughout the body. A song on the diagram of the six sorts of Qi energy according to the yearly cycle ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������161 56.................... Te virtue of Li is caused by Zhen............14....... Illustrated explanations of the Taijiquan’s silk-reeling method of energy regeneration �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������109 45... Gen and Kun........ 0.......... Holding one Lap Pull on Robe . Fan Tough the Back or Flash Arms Like a Fan .138 Fig. west....50........ 0.... Terefore the heavenly number three produces wood as well..... Dui.......2............. Te top strong line of old Yin interacts with the top weak line of old Yang... 0.....38.......... 5 • Explanation of the Luo River Writings (Luo-shu) Fig. Double Raise Kick .......... Yang is clear and bright.. Given the complexity of the material........................... 0................. Dui (marsh)............................ the order of inscriptions explaining the illustrations have been clarifed through a detailed numbering system......31....105 Fig............. Explanation of Taijiquan’s mechanism of development ����������������������������188 69........ Te Two Forms give birth to the Four Symbols (Si-xiang)...55........ the symbol of penetration.................... seven and nine. 0... while lack of knowledge can be compared to a begin. while dark and chaotic yin is placed outside... nine) correlate with the four cardinal di..... [8] While the number seven denotes the completion of fre..10...... 11 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 11 6 • Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of Fu Xi Fig...... Fair Lady Works at Shuttles .....742 A Song of Taijiquan by Chen Pan-ling in commemoration of the publication of this book Te great beginning of heaven and earth Springs from Wuji............................. not to mention their application in practice............... Zhen and Xun...... Terefore it is specifc and concrete like a marking pole.......... Terefore it closes and opens............... nation means that the symbols for water and fre do each other no harm. one is the number that gives birth to water while six is the number of its completion...................... set.................9 Fig........ the main objectives of this translation are twofold........6 Diagram of nineteen acupoints allocated to the Hand-Tai. Xun Five....................1 Diagram of the silk-reeling method applied in the human body (front view) .92 Fig.. Te earthly number four produces metal too.. on hearing this.. Admire and respect them with goodwill.21..9 Diagram of nine acupoints allocated to the Hand-Jue-Yin.......................” Spirit begets knowledge..... or seven to eight and fve to ten.. All manner of violence or assault is inad.......... Illustrated explanations of the eight trigrams’ growth and decline in the sequence according to Fu Xi ������������������������������������������������������������������92 37............ is the key to grasping the principle of changes. can produce metal. 0................................ She is spirit (shen).......... Procreated by earth substance............ four.121 Fig.............. symbol of completion� Te energy of the year completes its work in Gen................7.... Rub with Right Foot ........ on closer examination.......... Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds with Pestle .......2...99 Fig....... sexual seduction....................... Te pre-birth jing essence.... through which he gradually comes to see the individual spirit as the essence of the pre-birth function...................... which in seasonal terms........ Tree is the number of heaven while eight is the number of earth...... Diagram of the Seven Chong-Men or painful acupoints ���������������������������156 53. God comes forth in Zhen to the world of her creation.... Tey comprise of: • the three Stems at the bottom.......462 29.................. to earth four. Tus fre is able to refect things from the outside but not from within.....................8 Fig.. While many areas for translation and editorial improvement remain. like the wings of a door........597 45... Turn and Lean by Shoulder and Back .............................. Yang-Bladder channel .......... to heaven nine...........155 Fig......1 Te visual forms of heaven and earth ..716 63................... ping................ missible.......... 0..................... hori.. 0............ Hence............... 0...... rections (si zheng): heaven........... [5] Te Eight Trigrams correspond to natural elements: Li (fre)...3.50..... Holding one Lap Pull on Robe (4th performance) . Kun.. Illustrated explanations of the inversion of the sixty-four fgures ������������46 22........ Diagram 4: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion �����������45 vii 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 vii 21. Shen (9)....... Lower Stance in Front of Chamber and Twist Step .... ing Taijiquan cycles and zigzags performed according to the Law. Illustrated explanations of heaven and earth’s visual forms �����������������������71 30... the earthly number two give birth to fre.1 Diagram of interaction between heaven and earth according to the Yellow River Chart ... Raise Lamp Toward Heaven .... Tirteen sections of the Taiji form ....................95 Fig.515 36....... Diagram 1: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion �����������42 18................... Two is the number that gives birth to fre while seven is the number of its completion.....11 Fig................1 Supreme Extremes (Taiji) 8 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 8 4 • Explanation of the He River Map (He-tu) Fig.... with the indiferent and negligent ofcials of this country................... 0..6. one must show respect to one’s masters and friends............ to earth two[2] .. 9 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 9 Te heavenly numbers[3] .... “No one can attain fnal perfection.. Te northwest sector is known for its warm climate in the tenth lunar month. A Song on diagram of the Twelve Principle and [Eight] Miraculous Channels �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������119 51.................................... symbol of pleasure and satisfaction.......... 0.... the mountain occupies its position in the southwest. Terefore it is said that the good luck of heaven and earth needs neither reasoning nor theoretical support.......................... 0...................... the procreated yin fows from Li to Kun... How did it come about that Taiji (Supreme Extremes) and Wuji (No Extremes.. Isn’t this what is known as “goodness and perfection”? Why not produce more good in the hope of perfection? By sharing good with others....8 Diagram of sixty-three acupoints allocated to the Leg-Tai... to render the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible by modernizing and simplify.. autumn and winter — in a sequence corresponding to the creation of the Five Elements — wood.......................................... fullness and emptiness ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������63 28........................ No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means..... passing from midwinter to the summer solstice and vice versa...............................3 Diagram of the transverse interrelation of the sixty-four fgures (cont’d) .. • Tree corresponds to Li.. Old Yin above a yin makes Kun� 22 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 22 Te Supreme Extremes (Taiji) produce the Two Forms (Liang-yi)........ hence it is the number of both the birth and completion of water.........1 Diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures according to the yang form ...... please do not hesitate to contact the publisher for corrections.... one should demonstrate tactful behavior...... Develop your strength and enjoy your potential.. Daybreak..... fullness and emptiness ....... abiding them as the fawless doctrines of the Golden Mean..... therefore Dui and Qian belong to metal.......... 0........................................... Diagram on the determinate positions of heaven and earth performed through intersection �����������������������������������������������������������������������50 24..........665 55........... Gen Seven................. Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds with Pestle ...... water and fre... Diagram of direct intercourse and inversion of the two end fgures in the eight chambers ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������41 17........... 0.... Without this concept...... known as Taiji boxing or the Way (dao)...... 0..13.... 0......... Yin Spleen channel .....492 33.......................20 Fig..154 Fig.. Old Yin above a yang makes Gen............50......... in turn..... Te explanation of this concept in the Book of Changes takes up a whole section................... Terefore it is said that the concept the frst two hexagrams Qian and Kun....... Diagram of the Eight Assemblies ������������������������������������������������������������������154 52...... the Four Symbols (Si-xiang) and the Eight Trigrams (Ba-gua) 21 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 21 odd numbers of undivided lines represent the form of yang............... terns that keep the spirits and gods in motion... east and southwest respectively................. gambling..... erly position to east..... 0......... Single Whip ..... First............ True guardians of the great ancestors’ traditions in boxing...... Terefore it is said that the heavenly and earthly signs rely on such num.1 Te Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of Fu Xi ... three with seven.. Yang-Gallbladder channel ...... So. 0.. Trough learning the details of each particular posture and through extensive practice of Taiji routines............ six. Young Yang....... Chen (5) and Si (6) correlate with the yang substance procreated by heaven so the numbers from Zi (1) to Si (6) denote the heavenly half of the Taiji diagram.......... Tat is why it is said that the earthly number two produces fre........... we see trigram Li allocated to the south and Kan to the north.142 Fig.................47..... while Kun gains fullness in the north and rests in the south.......... 0.... our Chen family is from Wen County — Upholders of the outstanding abilities of Master Chen Ying-yi......... Lungs channel ........ two... rupt his heavenly soul and provoke the spirits and the wrath of gods..... Running to the extreme of greatness and frmness.. As an old poem says........... so all things face in His direction in Li� Ten Li meets with Kun (earth)� South correlates with fre but fre gives birth to earth� Earth..... which encompasses the all-embrac.9....... Each Chamber correlates with a sector of 30 degrees and each month consists of 29/5 days as the fractional amount. from which the 17 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 17 practitioner can then attain highly efective capabilities... When one is added to four.. 0........413 21...... 20 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 20 8 • Illustrated explanations of the Supreme Extremes (Taiji)  producing the Two Forms (Liang-yi).. Kan rests in the west but gains fullness in the north...... If the reader encounters any errors...223 ii. all things succeed and thus rejoice in Dui� Qian (heaven) symbolizes strength. 0........11........... 12 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 12 7 • Illustrated explanations of the Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of King Wen Fig........... Tough no further comment on this point seems necessary.652 51........... 15 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 15 Tree in the number that gives birth to wood while eight is the number of its completion. such a combi..1 The He River Map (He-tu) Te Book of Changes says: “To heaven belongs the number one[1] ...............2 Diagram of twenty acupoints allocated to the Hand-Yang....... • and the Eight Screens in the left lower corner.. Illustrated explanations of the Supreme Extremes (Taiji) producing the Two Forms (Liang-yi)....1 Diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures .... 14 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 14 “All myriad things are manifested in full accordance with the abun...2 Te coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams (cont’d) . Green Dragon out of the Water ................. We fnd that the heavenly and earthly number nine................1 Diagram 2: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion ..38 Fig..... however.. adultery...... and a referential resource for Taiji instructors and practitioners for generations to follow.. we can see that the Eight Trigrams are based on the concept of Qian and Kun. to earth eight..... four. yi). ter........ and she completes her work and speech in Gen (mountain).. Zhen.. control and restraint.. procreated under Zi (1) and positioned between north and east... seven corresponds to summer....145 Fig.1 The Supreme Extremes (Taiji) producing the Two Forms (Liang-yi).113 Fig................................ How can such ignorant philistines hope to save society and maintain the integrity of this country? So................... Chou (2).. she meets with the whole world in Li (fre). Illustrated explanations of the coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������23 10....... Tus crossing the four cardinal directions and the four corners. 0............50...... True symbols of the Eight Trigrams arise from their forms in the natu.........149 Fig..107 Fig................ as shown in the following: one and six correlate with wa.128 Fig.23. Golden Rooster Stands on one Leg ....... in actual fact........ Tese two series of fve numbers correspond to each other.................................... or two with eight.....6......... Screen Hand and Punch....... Illustrated explanations of the primeval state of the universal qi during the month �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������76 32........... once fre is ripe........... Chart of blood circulation according to the twelve watches ����������������������165 60.. Following this....... 0..............1 Round diagram of Taijiquan’s internal power ...... It is these pat..... Let us look at Confucius’ explanations regarding this: “According to King Wen’s arrangement....... quently replaced by Kun........499 34. bery.. it also implies its birth in the next phase.............. and footnotes have been added wherever additional clarifcation was deemed necessary.... summer..................... shao-yin........ Ultimate Nothingness or Undivided oneness) are composed of fractional amounts? Te masters of Taiji boxing created a system called Chan-si jing or the silk..... Among all the other things.391 19. such as: One yang above another yang forms a symbol that can be classifed as Old Yang or a naturally old male.............1 Movement of the Eight Trigrams according to the pre-birth sequence of Fu Xi .......................... when one is combined with nine............... tions for over 400 illustrations. the result is fve.. Dui and Gen......... which are old Yang... Diagram of the transverse interrelation of the sixty-four fgures �������������38 16......... 0.9.................. yin is dark and chaotic.. Single Whip (7th performance) . Yin (3)............ both begin again from the beginning...8.. awareness (ming)..... to earth ten..... ing its laws and principles during infantry exercises and marches....... gives birth to metal... Song of outside and inside manifestation of the Zang and Fu organs ����163 58. [4] Earthly numbers are even numbers........ plus an addi.. Te Taijiquan practioner should understand the principles of yin and yang. Young Yin above a yang makes Li......... 0.........662 54.......... Liver channel .........15 Diagram of ffteen acupoints allocated to the Leg-Jue-Yin..... Upon returning to their original source...... What can such a ‘practitioner’ contribute to the world? How can he possibly be of help to others? Te Taijiquan practioner should not be impulsive nor ferce....... eight is the number of completion that corresponds to spring........... Te southwest sector achieves the heavenly circle of 360 degrees di.........1 The Eight Trigrams according to the sequence of Fu Xi Inscriptions around the circle : Qian one...561 41................552 40. According to arrangement of Fu Xi..... tance on using strength and brute force....1 Diagram of the interaction between the sun and moon according to the Luo River Writings ............ or two to three... he who achieves the pre-birth level cannot grasp even a part of the fractional value. Ming-Large Intestine channel .... 0......1 Te coincided numbers of the Eight Trigrams ............. • the four Chords in the right lower corner. immoral acts.......... As to the monthly climate according to the lunar calendar. [7] While the number one denotes the birth of water..........7............................. the blood arteries and energy channels will become impassable.........1 Diagram of Taiji according to the Yellow River Chart ......................... Second Posture of Implication .. Te Taijiquan practioner should never be conceited nor self-satisfed....40 Fig.. Kick with Toe ...27 Fig.................369 16............ amounting to 150 degrees....................... Te vertical............. To this end....... ship which took over fourteen years to complete...... Treatise on Taijiquan’s silk-reeling method ��������������������������������������������������116 49..................... late into English Chen Xin’s highly esoteric and detailed technical explana........1 Diagram of the silk-reeling method applied in the human body (back view) ................... 0.............. Head-on Blow .. Te bottom strong line of old Yin interacts with the bottom weak line of old Yang.... the practitioner obtains skills to unveil her pre-birth wisdom and original spirit................ its main function is in passivity.......... Te pre-birth and post-birth arrangements are combined into oneness...... total twenty............ oth............ If we look at Fu Xi’s pre-birth and King Wen’s post-birth sequences of the Eight Trigrams... therefore...28......43.50............................ Crouch Step Astride the Tiger . 0... Inheritors of Taijiquan’s prosperity and fourishing.... ment� He puts forward his processes of communication into full and equal action in Xun (wind or wood)....1 Diagram of Ruler (Qian) and the Storekeeper (Kun) ............... tiply goodness................................ and is followed by Gen (mountain)... Te plan of Kun consists of two groups per 72...... Li Tree...14 Te third group of acupoints .......15.............. High Pat on Horse ...... Te plan of Qian consists of three groups per 72............ Brush Knee And Twist Step .... • Four corresponds to Zhen................ which carries the image wood� Li (fre) symbolizes what is bright and beautiful......... Te three strong lines of yang and three weak lines of yin combine with each other in interaction.....25...24......... Tis means that the fgure next in order........... as the former al......... 0............... we can reduce the concept of Qian and Kun to the fact that heaven occupies its place above while earth is placed below............. A human being is created in the image of heaven.................50.............50........573 43....................... Illustrated explanations of interaction between the sun and moon according to the Luo River Writings �������������������������������������������������������������103 42....... wood can be born...... From the symbols of the Eight Trigrams........ the whole of heaven (if we speak about it in these terms) encompasses everything discussed in the previous paragraphs.... she struggles in Qian (heaven).36 Fig.. Li and Kan..1 Diagram on the determinate positions of heaven and earth performed through intersection . Ground Covered with Brocade ..... tai-yin. Te even numbers (two... Fist Beneath Elbow ...... Kan (water)..........643 50......... Horizontal diagram of the Eight Trigrams doubled to make the sixty-four fgures according to the yang form �������������������������������������������������32 13.22... 0. the wind starts to blow in the southwest... four and nine with metal..........50..... we get the He-tu diagram or the He River Map....... Illustrated explanations of the silk-reeling method applied in the human body (front view) ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������113 47... one must always be very careful and sensitive...... Four is the number of earth..567 42................ following the clockwise order from Kan and Gen to Zhen and Xun.146 Fig...76 Fig........... fve....13 Te second group of acupoints .... Te mysteries of which are fathomless and out of count.... Te odd numbers (one....2 Diagram of the transverse interrelation of the sixty-four fgures (Translation) .. whose spirits never die. which comes to a total of 216 degrees... Kick with Heel ......... the Ultimate Nothingness............... Screening Hand Strike with Hidden Forearm ................ Well-Balanced Single Whip ............... 0.. Wild Horse Shakes Its Mane on Both Sides or Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane ...26... in contrast.. we can diferentiate between six months of yang and six months of yin.... the symbol of stimulus to move.267 4.... Wei (8).. Taijiquan Classics ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������174 63................................. Screen Hand and Punch (4th performance) ................ 0....36. ists still in some countries thanks to dedicated followers who do not treat it as a martial art... Adding numbers of both heaven and earth we get ffty-fve. Zhen (thunder)........................ receiving their nourishment from earth� Terefore there is time for completion and there is time for beginning� Kun (earth) is the symbol of docility — it is always calm and never resistant� Kun is followed by Dui (marsh)............... He who has strong willpower will be able to at... Hence everyone has the Taiji motif in their bosom... or one hour before sunrise. • Five corresponds to Xun.. As well as from the Grand Terminus of Taiji......17. 0.115 4 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 4 Fig... Five is the number that gives birth to earth while ten in the number of its completion.... Conversely.............. Zhen Four.......... tain the ability to master the martial arts....... zontal and diagonal lines correlate with the Eight Sections or Solar Terms (ba-jie) and they total ffteen.........32 Fig...545 39...132 Fig. Fan Tough the Back or Flash Arms Like a Fan ....... this tome was intended by its author to be both the frst ever written repository of Taiji lore................ Although it is said that Li is in position above and Kan below....1 Diagram 1: Sequence of the fgures according to direct inversion ...................1 Diagram of the Tree Powers (San-cai) ..... 0..1 Diagram of the Eight Assemblies in front of the body .... Rub with Left Foot ... Dui Two.......... and is manifested as Wu (7)............................................. When yang substance is full.......... place more impor. Explanations of the Square Chart of the Male and Female Formation ����53 25... Step Up to Form Seven Stars of the Dipper .................................. Terefore........................................ any display of violence will inevitably lead to damage within......... 0............ Crouch Step Like a Snake Creeping out From a House ... Five numbers belong to heaven: one... Single Whip (6th performance).... keep your mind open and do not be misled nor deluded by the words of such “grass and frewood collectors”! Te Taijiquan practioner should not be involved in any vice such as rob.... 2007 Printed in China Project design: Roman Mukhortikov Editor: Juliana Ngiam Editorial manager: Chen Xiaowen Translation: Alex Golstein ISBN-13: 978-5-98687-008-5 ISBN-10: 5-98687-008-5 v 陳 氏 太 極 拳 圖 說 陳 鑫 v Editor’s note “Te Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknow....18..134 Fig.37.. Four is the number that gives birth to metal while nine is the number of its completion......7 Fig......... Nothing exists beyond this external manifestation.......................... wards.......... 0... as do the sum of three (Li) and Six (Kan) less one. from a north..................23 Fig.............. we will see that yang is hid... 0.............507 35.......250 3.54.... If we try to refect things from the position of clear and bright yang.12 Te frst group of acupoints .............. Wave Hands Like Clouds of Both Sides (Left and Right) ..... Old Yang above a yin makes Dui...................45.. Pages wherein you’ll fnd many things of interest.. to heaven three..... Illustrated explanations of Taiji according to the Luo River Writings �����99 40........ [3] Heavenly numbers are odd numbers............ as well as her own body....................... Terefore the yang substance of Gen..................... Shao-Yin-Kidneys channel .... each number matched with a ‘mate’ in the sequence..101 Fig......1 Diagram of the Seven Chong-Men or painful acupoints ......... Treatise on Wei-qi or Defensive Energy �������������������������������������������������������157 54. In simple terms..... bodiment of universal macrocosmic principles..............232 PART 2: Postures 1-12 1..........1 Te Supreme Extremes (Taiji) producing the Two Forms (Liang................................................ and more importantly....25 Fig.... but more appropriate under Wei (8).................... sequence (xu).......74 Fig....... or six series of 24 each... belongs to the heavenly engendered Kun located between south and west and thus identifed as the product of earth..1 Te state of qi around the day ...... den deep within Kan (water).............

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