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  Wang Peisheng On Essentials for Northern Wu Style  
  By Zhou Lishang
Translated by Yan Shufan
 
     Zhou: What then are the steps forpracticing Taijiquan?
  Wang: The first step is that thepractitioners should practice standing postures well, such as horse-step standing (a kind of empty standing posture). After he or she has mastered standing postures, then they can begin to practice forms.
  And every posture, every form, should be practiced diligently. This should last for several months at least, or until he or she has practiced each posture and form perfectly. Then, one can practice the whole set of Taijiquan.
  Zhou: Are all the frames the same?
  Wang: No. Most people think that the frames of Taijiquan are the same.
They do not know, however, that each frame can be divided into three kinds: they are high, middle and low ones.
  The beginners should learn the high frame, then the middle frame (called four even frame, i.e., keep the eyes, hands, feet and crotch even), and learn the low one last. The three kinds of frames are subdivided into big, middle and small ones.
  Zhou: Is anything different between them?
  Wang: Of course, there are differences between them! As for the big frame, the posture should be outspread in accordance with the demands of the body.
  For the middle one, each posture should be exact, neither overdone nor underdone, and all the postures should be continuous and coherent.
For the small frame, the postures should be well-knit and the actions should be quick and smart.
  Among the three frames, the small one is the hardest to practice. When practicing the small frame, the practitioner should use the right force in each form, keeping the hands in accord with the torso and legs, and step small steps, whenever going forward or backward.
  Zhou: How long will be spent practicing the three kinds of frames?
  Wang: It needs a rather long time, I think. One can never get achievement until half a year or one year is spent. At the beginning, the learner should only learn one or two forms and not learn too much; otherwise, his or her postures will not be correct. If they are not diligent, serious and responsible in their actions, the special healthy atmosphere belonging to Taijiquan will be lost.
  Thus, when you want to practice Taijiquan, you should abstain from the psychology of wanting to get achievement quickly or use excessive force that is inadequate, as well.
  Therefore, the past famous masters say:“When practicing, one should not act quickly, as quickness hurts qi; one should not use force that he or she does
not possess himself (or herself) originally and inadequately.
  “Using force with an effort will hurt one's blood. If both the qi and blood are hurt, an internal injury will be caused, and diseases will follow.”The practitioner can get benefit from each form that he or she practices, providing the action is correct. On the contrary, one cannot get any benefit if he or she practices the whole set of the boxing incorrectly.

 
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