Notes on Taoist Practices
Tai Chi Dragon Style


There are 64 movements in the Taoist Tai Chi which is characterized by its basically slow movements executed from the Dantien.

Different positions are basically with closed legs; with the toes towards the inside--to avoid the lost of energy, and very circular movements so that the Dantien and the energy move constantly.

Has a peculiar way in its execution--as the Master indicates; the Taichi movements resemble the movement of clouds in a soft breeze day, all at once.

This form rooted in the Taoist culture is made up of 64 movements, as the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching.

The form is divided in four cycles defined as seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter-- in each the type of movement varies.
Spring movements are simpler, but they resemble birth or learning that complicates in springĄ¯s closing phase.
Summer movements are ampler--more elaborated; indicate progress, growth.
Autumn movements are more technical--where work is in the balance and where the impression is to harvest the fruit of what is being worked.
Winter movements are closed, giving impression of absorption---seclusion.

Each season movements begin towards the left side--the Yang side of the body, and end towards the right side--Yin side of the body, portraying the Taichi that turns constantly flowing in the Yin and the Yang. The form changes execution direction eight times, as eight are trigrams of the Pakua and eight are the movements involved in each cycle.