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  Wang Peisheng On Essentials for Northern Wu Style  
  By Zhou Lishang
Translated by Yan Shufan
 
     Zhou: Would you please tell us the requirements for practicing Taijiquan?
  Wang: When practicing, one should keep his or her tongue touching the upper jaw, the lips and teeth closed, the body upright, the shoulders and elbows sunk, the chest drawn in and the back upright, the head hanging upright, the crotch closed and the but-tocks in, and breathe with the nose naturally. Then, the upper and lower parts of the body form a straight line.
  When stepping, the practitioner should understand which step is empty and which is solid, try one's best to complete each action, and make the body quick and smart. The eyes follow the direction that the fingers point.
  The practitioner should breathe naturally, make himself keep a mental approach of thinking nothing and being peaceful, and take care of the coherence between the upper and lower and the right and left. One should always pay special attention to keeping the qi sunk and the force loose.
  If qi is sunk, the breath will be in harmony, and if the force is loose, clumsy force can be removed. Every posture should be smooth as seen from the outside, and the inside should be comfortable instead of tight fitting.
  As a result, the chest and diaphragm are opened automatically, while the blood and qi are in harmony, which is greatly beneficial to both the body and the mind.
  On the contrary, if the postures are done wrong, or far away from what they should be, qi will stagnate in the chest and will float. Then the practitioner will get nothing but illnesses.
  From the above, we can conclude that anyone who wants to get the essence of a set of a frame should practice it for at least half a year. Half a year later, the actions should be carefully guided and corrected by an experienced teacher, spending enough time, which will take one year, I am sure.
  We can compare boxing practice to Chinese calligraphy; the more you practice calligraphy with inscriptions, the better your calligraphy is. Boxing practice is the same. If you practice many times and each form and posture correctly, surely, your gongfu will reach a perfect realm.
  Therefore, if one wants to get his or her gongfu solid, for each practice one should practice the same set of boxing three times. The first is to limber up one's muscles and joints. Then, more practice(s) can play the role of improving one's gongfu.
For those who take health care as the goal, it is not necessary to practice as many times. One set, or even half a set, can be enough.
  When practicing, the practitioner should keep the pace of the actions even, from the first to the last, no matter whether they are fast or slow. Being fast at first and then being slow, or the contrary, is not allowed. More important, there should not be insufficiency, bumps and holes, or incoherence of actions during the practice.
The practitioner should keep every form and posture continuous, the breath natural, and the inside and outside consistent. Then one can achieve a realm of practicing the routine of boxing naturally without deliberately thinking of each form.
  After being highly skilled, the practitioner can change each form into left ones (i.e., counter-forms). For example, change the form of right hand into that of left hand, the left to right including the actions of the hands and feet turning left to right, etc. If one can achieve a state in which all of the left forms (the counter-forms) are as continuous as the right ones, we can say that his or her gongfu has reached a higher level.
  Only when one can achieve the state in which one can practice both sides equally well can one overcome the malpractice of having partiality to one side. In addition, the practitioner will find it more interesting when practicing the right forms again. The people who want to take more advanced training must remember this.
  What's more, one can exercise either hand respectively. It does not matter to practice the right hand first or the left first, and then do the exercise on the other side, in turn; that is, the right hand first and then the left one.
  The practitioner should exercise them again and again, until his or her skill is perfect. Perfect skill is the most important. If one does like what I said above, one set of boxing can be changed into six sets (i.e., right high, right middle, right low, left high, left middle and left low frames).
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