Patience Tai Chi Association

Achieving Mastery:
Essays and Insights

Home

What's New

About T'ai Chi Chuan

What is T'ai Chi?

T'ai Chi Form

Push Hands

Applications

Learning T'ai Chi

Instructional Video Tapes

Achieving Mastery:
Essays and Insights

T'ai Chi Instructors
Referral Service

Recommended Reading

Links Which May Be of Interest

About Patience T'ai Chi

About Us

Events

Patience T'ai Chi
In The Media

Contact Us

Join our Mailing List

Become a Link Partner

Search PTC for:

These three ancient training poems from the Shaolin Monastery reiterate essential points for training in all martial arts. Such poems, like the Yang Family Training Songs, were mnemonic devices taught to students to help them remember essential points while they trained.

 

 

 

Monk Pan Hui’s Song of Palm Thrusting

 

Ch’i goes from the navel part,

Strength centers in the palm heart;

In the substantial your strength is found.

Exhale air while making a sound.

Upward Pushing is necessary;

Pressing with a horse step, primary.

Remember Attacking, Pushing and Blowing,

The bones near your pulses are forcefully going

 

The Song of Advance and Retreat

 

Advance with the wind’s speed,

Withdraw after the violent deed.

Go ahead with body sidelong,

Don’t mind a little pushing on.

Shoot a power palm while exhaling,

For effectiveness a shout entailing.

Like a dragon move here and there:

To win or lose is a moment’s affair!

 

The Song of Lateral Dodging

 

Edging and dodging need sharp eyesight;

You must move fast from left to right;

To dodging edging owes,

From the unreal the real goes.

A mountain slide you may escape

By wedging ahead through the gape.

Flinch not at actions furious:

To beat the great with the small is truly curious!

 

[home] [what's new] [what is tai chi] [tai chi form] [push hands] [applications] [mastery] [referral service] [media] [search] [instructional videos] [about ptc] [bibliography] [links] [prof.cheng man-ching] [mailing list] [link partnership]

1999-2004 The Patience T'ai Chi Association, Inc.

Highball Designs, Ltd.

"Have one on me..."

 

(Optimal browsing: 640x480 at 16+ million colors)