Quintessentially Taijiboxing the Art of Rediscovery

Written by 

Quintessentially Taijiboxing is more about a feeling than a description of a particular form of martial art. It describes a certain state of being, this feeling is more a kin to being in a state of Taiji rather than outwardly doing the Taiji form. This rediscovery came to me on two separate occasion this year in two completely unrelated circumstances, so I thought I to share with my fellow Taiji players. Taiji boxers Maio Dao saber balance and stability Taijiboxing is a extension of the original martial arts discipline commonly known as Taijiquan(Taichi Chaun). This art combines aspects of both combative techniques as well as defensive techniques from an external as well as internal perspective, thus providing a unique avenue for applications like personal protection and on going health benefits.

Taijiboxing is both an internal discipline and external art form. We utilize aspects from all four major family styles of Taijiquan, including Chen, Wu, Sun and primarily Yang style.

We focus a lot of our training on four major tenants; form, function, feeling, forgetting. This allows each person to develop independently but at a progressive steady rate, which is proportionate to their own needs and levels of awareness. This provides a unique barometer which provides an insight into each individuals “inner ecosystem” for health and vitality.

The beauty of this discipline is the the unique training and practice methods, each practitioner has their own moments of “rediscovery”. It is a moment, when all the theory and all the practice seem to come together.

This state of being is what we refer to as being “Quintessentially Taijiboxing“. This feeling is subconsciously knowing the intimate state of “Eureka”, that instantaneous self recognition of correctness. It just feels right, natural and pure.

This rediscovery is a moment of spontaneous “Nirvana”, a Buddhist sense of “Enlightenment”, simply because it is a feeling of pure undiluted clarity, “just now” mind set.

Our concept can be translated to all aspect of life, not just the practice of Taijiboxing. Developing an ability to be in a state of "Quintessentially Taiji" gives a different perspective on life, a more open view on any given situation, allowing you to access your higher sense of being in a more harmonious fashion. Keeping you in the present, allowing intellect, emotions and spiritual intelligence to direct your actions in a more pragmatic way.

Quintessentially Taijiboxing!!

It is also know as a Adaptive Flow Response, rather than a prepared (reflex) Emotional Response. As we know, emotions can be a great benefit or hindrance but are a very essential part of being human. When and if you are under duress or in danger it is your intellect and emotional fortitude that gives you the will to fight or choose flight as a means of survival. Because of the Yin and Yang aspects of our personalities this makes for a better opportunity to achieve the true “Tao” or “path” to a vital and wiser solution to any given situation and a more outgoing and vitally active lifestyle. Stillness and Motion Taijiboxing the art and philosophy for life

Quintessentially Taijiboxing is more about a feeling than a description of a particular form of martial art. It describes a certain state of being , this feeling is more a kin to being in a state of taiji rather than outwardly doing the taiji form. Taijiboxing is a extension of the original martial arts discipline commonly known as Taijiquan(Taichi Chaun). This art combines aspects of both combative techniques as well as defensive techniques from a external and internal perspective. Thus providing a unique avenue for applications for personal protection and providing on going health benefits. Taijiboxing is both a Internal discipline and external art form. We utilize aspects from all four major family styles of taijiquan, including Chen, Wu, Sun and primarily Yang style .

We focus a lot of our training on four major tenants , form, function, feeling, forgetting. This allows each person to develop independently but at a progressive steady rate. Which is proportionate to their own needs, and levels of awareness.

Thus providing a unique barometer which can used to provide insight into each individuals “inner ecosystem” for health and vitality.

The beauty of this discipline is that due to the unique training and practice methods, each practitioner has there own moments of “rediscovery”. A moment when all the theory, and all the practice seem to come together.

This state of being is what we refer to as being “Quintessentially Taijiboxing “ Sword play Qi jian vs MaioDdao Katana

This is a example of when something “just feels write”, and by not trying to be perfect just going with the flow. In this case, spontaneous Adaptive response technique. Which I believe is tied to your innate survival mechanism, but can usually only be accessed when your are “in the zone” focused. clear and determined. Therefore, by not “being attached to a preconceived notion of winning or losing” only doing and succeeding.

You must also be connected both on a conscious( awareness) and subconsciously (fortitude) level regardless of the out come. When you get that felling once again that “Eureka moment we mentioned before” is a instantaneous self recognition of correctness, and just feels right and flows natural. You often wonder in hind sight what just happened??

There you have it, that moment of rediscovery. It is a moment of spontaneous “Nirvana or a Buddhist sense of Enlightenment”. Simply because it is a feeling of pure undiluted clarity that is the “just now mind set”.

Our concept can and should be translated to all aspect of life not just the practice of taijiboxing. And by developing a ability to be in a state that is" Quintessentially taiji", it gives you a different perspective on things and a more open view on any given situation thus allowing you to access your higher sense of being Human in a more harmonious fashion.

By helping you to stay in the present, allowing intellect ,emotions and spiritual intelligence to direct your actions in a more pragmatic way.

We all know that emotions can some times cloud intellect, but conversely intellect with no emotional and spiritual fortitude tends to fade very quickly by itself.

Therefore, by combining and harmonizing the yin and yang aspects of your personalities you have a better opportunity to achieve the Tao “path” to a vital and happier solution to any given situation and a more Vital lifestyle.

Sifu Dennis Pounall

Sifu Dennis Pounall lives and works in Elliot Lake, Northern Ontario as a Paramedic  and has been practicing martial arts for over 28 years. He has studies in Okinawa Karate, Pang GI Noon Gung Fu, Kali Jujitsu, Kook Sol Won , Korean martial arts and Traditional Yang combat style Taiji Quan.  He competes nationally and internationally, and is available for workshops and Seminars.

Subscrive to his youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/dpounall

He can be contacted at dennis_pounall@yahoo.ca

Website: www.vitfitklub.com

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.

 

Breadcrumbs