In this video, Jet Li gives an overview of the first Taiji training level (duan or 段) of the Taiji Zen Online Academy‘s learning system.
With the Taiji Zen Online Academy, you will learn the complete art of TaijiQuan. Whether you are a beginner or a more advanced Taiji student, you will benefit from this program. The videos teach you the core principles of TaijiQuan and the training manuals provide much information on background, theory and in-depth explanations of the movements. Each level (duan or 段) introduces incrementally more complex concepts, principles and partner practices.
In the first duan, we introduce the key principles of ‘Suspend from the crown,’ and ‘Round chest, hollow back,’ in order to guide your movements. We also go over the four cardinal Taiji movements: Péng (Expanding Energy), Lǚ (Deflecting Energy), Jǐ (Pressing Energy), and Àn (Pushing Energy).
This video will teach you the kinetic concept of Péng as part of the Taiji Zen Online Academy curriculum. It is the first of the 8 TaijiQuan kinetic concepts which together with the 5 steps make up the 13 fundamentals of TaijiQuan.
Péng is an energy of continuous outward expansion. It pushes out in all directions to create a protective buffer around the core. It’s often described as the fundamental energy of TaijiQuan, and applies to all TaijiQuan movement.