Archive for March 19th, 2009

Chen-Style Taiji Fist

2009 Mar 19

Unless you’re a martial arts dork, you probably haven’t seen Chen-style taiji (taichi) before. Unlike the dominant Yang-style, Chen style requires you to build up tension in your muscles during some points in the form (as if you’re doing a harder style like kungfu) and release it in little spasmy flurries of quick actions. This is really hard, because the rest of the form is flowing and has very little tension.

Check out this ten-year-old kid doing the basic Chen form, which I used to do in high school. I was never anywhere close to this good, of course. He’s ridiculous.