Water Taiji Quan

Whay the “Water StyleTaiji”?

(Shui Xing Tai Ji 水性太极)

Water is one of the cornerstones of the Theory of the Five Movements of Chinese philosophical thought, in which each being is represented by the harmonious alternation between the five fundamental energy components: Water, Earth, Fire, Wood, and Metal.

In classical Western culture, from Pythagoras to Hippocrates, water is one of the four fundamental elements on whose balance life and the evolution of the cosmos depend: Water, Fire, Air, and Earth.

Water HAS NO SHAPE, it is rather CONTENT that acquires and adapts to the CONTAINING form.

The human body is on average made up of two-thirds of water. And according to the research of some scholars, although not validated by official science, water has its own “memory”, an ability to store and transmit information on the substances with which it has come into contact.

In its changing shape, solidifying into ice or flowing like spring water, it is the element that better than any other has been taken as a reference and metaphor for the correct practice of TaiJi Quan by a great Master of the traditional style, Wang Zhuang Hong, of which Wang Zhi Xiang is a direct student.

In the practice of Taiji Quan of the style of Water, a natural movement is sought that is expressed with the fluidity and softness of water in its various manifestations:

  • the “flow”: movement arises from flexible roots and energy flows freely like the current of a river.
  • The “wave”: movement opens to space and energy flows continuously like the waves of the sea.
  • The “whirlpool”: movement is organized in a spiral in space and energy flows naturally to its fullest potential.

Master Wang on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd  Taiji Form. From Wang Academy Summer Camp in Folgaria (Trento – Italy), August 2014