mmm….What are the basic principles of Taiji?
Initially, I pointed her to a listing of Yang Cheng Fu’s 10 Essential Principles. But after thinking about this question for a bit, I started to ask myself, what IS a principle and why is it categorized as such?
a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived: the principles of modern physics.
The thing I like about this definition is how it related to OTHER things. Personally, I feel that if something is a principle, then it should be universally applicable to other situations.
Additionally, the CEO of AOL, Jonathon Miller noted:
… Taiji is applicable to many facets of life and work.
… Taiji principles hold a universal quality that impacts areas beyond martial arts.
… If these principles apply here, they should apply to other areas. If it is a true principle, it should apply in other places. That’s one of the tests of a true principle.”
This reminds me of a teaching from my first chinese martial arts instructor. He basically told me not to copy his external form, but try to understand the underlying principles and essence of his movement. But what does this really mean?
I received another comment on the blog from ZenMindSword:
… having a goal is good but the goal should not be to practice. it should be to realize the principles of taiji.
What are the principles of taiji and are they universally applicable? Are these principles those defined by Yang Cheng Fu?
One of the key principles in Taoism is the concept of balance or harmony between yin and yang. This extends to the ideas of full and empty (YCF Principle #4), internal and external (YCF Principle #8), hard and soft. This common Taoist principle of harmony and balance was used to derive at least two of the 10 principles by YCF. Does that make it a universally applicable principle? How do we realize the principles of taiji? What does “realize” truly mean?
[tags]taiji, principles, ycf[/tags]