The Wisdom of Beautiful Whiskers

by Bataan Faigao


1. Lao Shr suggested the goal of worldwide t'ai-chi ch'uan. The responsibility for which is in the students. No further elaboration.


a. Arms: three joints (hand/wrist, elbow, shoulders) are never used.

b. Neck, tailbone, and hips should be in proper relation and perpendicular to the ground at all times.

c. Hips, knees, ankles: the weight must work downward through these points.

d. In t'ai-chi ch'uan, singleweightedness is essential.

e. Necessary conditions: be soft and relaxed, and when faced with an opponent, be fearless.

f. Don't grasp with the foot as in Shao Lin Ch'uan, but use the foot like a suction cup (flat footedness).

g. Don't tighten the bottom, or the ch'i will rise up and go to the forearms. If you do this, this is the end of you.

h. Neutralize in a circle (all directions). Circulate the force all the time.

3. Diet : wake up at 5:00 a.m., bowl of rice in a.m. and end of the day. A glass full of liquor at noon, followed by a bowl of rice, soup, Chinese cabbage, and bean curd. (I tried this regimen for ten days and never made it. I was socked by 3:00 P.M.) Never hungry. No snacks at night time. Very bad for ch'i.

4. There is always consciousness behind any movement. It is possible to determine the level of consciousness of your opponent.



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