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Two ways of moving

Tai Chi Stepping at an angleLet us consider that there are two ways our body may be moved:

– by ourselves using muscles, tendons etc this may be called active or “hard” movement ( since we actively carry it out and our muscles become hard when they contract).

– and movement by outside forces like gravity or training partners, while we are relaxed,  this may be referred to as passive since it is something done to us.

If we combine these two then we see the possibilities of Tai Chi  – this is often referred to as ” internal power” and therefore called an internal art since we are internally regulating the balance between the two types of movement. In order to do this we refer to the Tai Chi principles of relaxation, central control and body connection.

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