If you learn taiji boxing but never feel any leg pain, knee pain, or shoulder soreness, then the teacher is not giving correct guidance. You must select another teacher, a good teacher.
How true is this? Isn’t taiji supposed to be all relaxing and easy going with little to no effort? At first, I thought it was but I learned in the beginning that if your legs aren’t hurting, then you’re not really training the gongfu of taiji. I’ve kinda gotten to a point where I like to try and push myself.. not only with leg strength, but with other aspects. It’s interesting the article mentions shoulder pains, b/c I was recently doing some shoulder warm-ups and was trying to work on it in such a way that gravity would bring my arm down. While this sounds like it shouldn’t be too much effort, I was actually feeling soreness in my shoulders! I was a bit shocked but I guess that means that I had a lot of residual tension in my shoulders.
Also, I’m starting to feel a lot more leg strain even if I don’t go very low.. starting to feel more hip joint soreness if I try to work more on stretching and sinking into the gua.. I guess it’s all coming out. Who would’ve thought the term, “no pain, no gain” has standing in something like taiji?