In this training tip, we will discuss how to relax when practicing Chen style tai chi, or any style of tai chi for that matter…
The term in Chinese is “fangsong“. It means to “let go“. This is a process that begins with the yi or intention.
When I am in Chen Village training with Master Wang Xi’an, every day I hear this word a thousand times! It seems whenever I even think about moving, he is right there saying, “FANGSONG“! Once I tried to count how many times I heard this term in class, but finally gave up…
So what does it mean to relax? To “let go”? To “fangsong”?
As the title suggests, when we practice, we need to relax three times:
Take one movement from your tai chi form, maybe Raise and Lower Hands at the beginning of the form.
Think of the three places when you need to relax, and practice this over and over – relax before, during, and after the movement.
I know this sounds so easy right? OK so try it! You may be in for a surprise how difficult this actually is to do!
Wish you success in your training!