Peisheng On Essentials for Northern Wu Style
By Zhou Lishang
Translated by Yan Shufan
Wang Peisheng, is a famous and influential
master of Northern Wu style Taijiquan.
I interviewed him recently, asking him to give us some advice
about how to better practice the form routines and push hands.
His views are the crystallization of his practicing and teaching
for scores of years.
Zhou Lishang: I would like you to talk about how Taiji players
can improve their Taijiquan skills.
Wang Peisheng: Taijiquan is a scientific sport with a long
history. Practicing Taijiquan is a good exercise. It helps us
to improve the physique and the will power; as a result, it
can raise our work efficiency. For the people who are weak or
ill, it can help in recuperation, accelerating the process of
Taijiquan is an ideal health care exercise, fitting the physiological
needs of the human body. Why is Taijiquan able to play this
role in health care? Because it is a soft sport utilizing the
whole body, and it emphasizes the training of thought-the will
power, the brain, guides the movements of the whole body consciously.
When practicing, the whole body should be relaxed, and no part
should be rigid; as a result, both the blood and qi in the body
flow smoothly, and both the body and mind are delighted, attaining
the goal of improving health.
Taijiquan accords with the principles of balance and psychology,
and both of them are imbedded in the attacking technique of
Taijiquan. When attacking, it is most important to keep one's
balance and to destroy the opponent's balance.
While destroying the opponent's balance, the practitioner
should do so according to the opponent's psychological situations.
I think that is the reason why Taijiquan is popular.
Zhou: When practicing Taijiquan, some people do it as if they
were doing warm up exercises to music, without the special feeling
of Taijiquan. Could you tell us the way of playing real Taijiquan
instead of another form of warm up exercises?
Wang: The only way of playing real Taijiquan instead of another
form of warm up exercises is to grasp the basic essentials.
Now, people who practice Taijiquan begin with practicing forms.
Often, they say that they have gotten the way, after three or
four months of practice. I think, however, if one wants to practice
Taijiquan well, he or she should be following the basic essentials
and approaches, step by step.