In the practice of Taiji we first begin by learning correct posture – correct posture is the most fundamental building block of Taiji practice. It is necessary for students to first gain an understanding of correct bodily alignment and from there, to then move on to learning to maintain this alignment alongside performing each of the prescribed movements of the Taiji form correctly. Rui Zi He believes that instead of using rote memorization to learn a form, students should take an active role in their training, cultivating an awareness of their own bodies in order to feel their own progress and be more connected to their personal development via their practice. Students are first taught basic standing posture and bodily alignment via the Taiji Bafa or Taiji Gui Ding (The Eight Requirements). Students then learn to synchronize their posture with their movement. For more information about Rui Zi He’s personal teaching ethic, please click here.
The Wudang Taiji System
Rui Zi He teaches three main empty hand Taiji forms: Taiji 28, Taiji 108, and Taiji 13. He also teaches Taiji Sword as well as other practices that are complementary to Taiji such as Taiji walking, standing meditation, seated meditation, different internal and external coordination practices, and several forms of supplementary qi gong and dao yin exercises.
Practicing all of the elements that comprise the Taiji System can help students to more deeply understand their bodies and minds and learn the methods to make them healthier, clearer, and quieter. Taiji training teaches students to not only train their muscles, tendons, and bones, but also to train their intention, internal feeling, awareness, and power in order to bring about greater balance and health in their lives.