頭/Tou – Head:
The head must have an upward thrusting Intent, but you must not physically exert yourself. By thrusting up your head, the crown is upright, which concentrates the Essential Spirit.
口/Kou – Mouth:
The mouth must be gently closed, with the tongue touching the upper palate. Use the nose to breathe, it must be even & soft.
肩/Jian – Shoulders:
Both of the shoulders must release & hang down. By all means, avoid shrugging the shoulders. If the shoulders are raised high, then your Qi will bubble upward.
肘/Zhou – Elbows:
Both elbows must drop down. If the elbows drop then the shoulders will hang, & the Qi within abdomen will be able to sink to the Dantian. When the elbows drop, then both arms bend. This has to do with: “Within bending, seek to the straight. Store & then Emit.”
手/Shou – Hands:
The five fingers loosen & open (they must not be held together), & the wrists must settle.
胸/Xiong – Chest:
The chest must be contained & must not potrude. When the chest is contained, then Qi sinks. If the chest protrudes, then the Qi will bubble up. If the Qi bubbles up, then above will be heavy & below light. The heels will float, which Boxing Specialists dread.
腰/Yao – Waist:
When practicing Boxing, the waist must settle, because the waist is the whole body’s master. Turning Left or Whirling Right, moving Forward or Retreating backward, the Jin is Threaded together by completely relying on the waist.
腿/Tui – Legs:
Both legs must bend, they must not be straightened, & distinguish Empty & Solid (body weight put onto one leg). If not, movement can not be agile.
氣/Qi – Energy:
It’s said “the Qi sinks to the Dan Tian” (the spot three cun below the navel), this means Deep Breathing. This type of Deep Breathing is extremely significant in Taijiquan, however the Qi cannot be forcefully pressed down. It should be left to nature.
動與靜/Dong Yu Jing – Movement & Stillness:
The Chinese nation’s Meditation Method is to seek Movement within Stillness, but in Taijiquan it’s to seek Stillness within Movement. When practicing Boxing, the emotions must be calm, & the Spirit concentrated. This way, the movements can be fully & lively.
意與力/Yi Yu Li – Intention & Exertion:
One characteristic of Taijiquan is “Use Yi, dont use Li”. The reason is that Taijiquan requires the use of lively force, & that requires both extreme softness & extreme hardness, extreme heaviness & extreme agility. When the Yi arrives, the Li arrives, & lively force is naturally born. If awkward force is used, it will be slow & ineffective. That force is shallow, & doesn’t conform with Internal Style Boxing’s requirements.