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THEORY OF TaiKi TAIKIKEN (YIQUAN)
Intuitive boxing (Taikiken - Yiquan) is an exceptionally simple system of training method.
Practice enables developing self defense skills, and also helps to improve and maintain health. It is also a branch of science, called quanxue (combat science). The method of static exercises ritsuzen - zhan zhuang is a characteristic element of this system, but intuitive boxing is not just ritsuzen -zhan zhuang.
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Other training methods are also very important. Over the years intuitive boxing has became a system which assimilated most significant achievements of Chinese martial arts, including some of the “Seventy-Two Skills” of Shaolin Quan, and it envelopes elements from Japanese Martial Arts like Karate, Aikido and Kendo, Pentjak silat, Muaythai Boxing, Western Boxing and a touch of Wrestling.
According to Wang Xiangzhai the aims of intuitive boxing (taikiken, yiquan) practice are:
- pleasure of studying, learning principles of functioning of human mind and body,
- self defense.
Health, Philosophical and Martial aspects of intuitive boxing are inseparable. Health exercises are the most basic and indispensable part of the training method. The practice always starts with the 'health posture' (jianshen zhuang), then the 'combat postures' (jiji zhuang) followed by the slow movement exercises like 'testing force' (shi li) and 'friction steps' (moca bu) and includes dynamic issuing of force (fa li) and 'testing voice' (shi sheng).
Exercises in pairs are divided into two groups: pushing hands (tui shou) and free fighting (san shou).
In intuitive boxing use of no mind is particularly stressed, hence the name of system - wu means nothingness, yi means mind, consciousness, intention, quan - fist, martial art.
Jianshen zhuang (ritzu zen) is a form of exercises which can be described as "training while resting, resting while training". It is introduction to more advanced practice of jiji zhuang, aim of which is mainly development of hunyuan li (kangen ryoku), holistic, natural, primeval force. In relax we seek force, in stillness we seek motion.
Gradually high level of coordination of all parts of body and a state when "all parts of body are like spring" are achieved.
In slow shi li and moca bu movements we try to maintain the same feeling of elastic connection between body and environment and between various parts of body (in other words: hunyuan li (kangen ryoku)) as in jiji zhuang (han zen).
In fa li (hakkei) we learn to use hunyuan li (kangen ryoku) in explosive way (it is often called explosive force - baozha li).
Shi sheng helps to support emission of force.
Tui shou (suishu) and san shou (kumite) are two strictly connected groups of exercises, aim of which is developing self defense skills.
In tui shou there is san shou, in san shou there is tui shou. From point of view of basic training methods tui shou can be described as shi li (yuri) with partner. From point of view of combat, tui shou prepares us for a situation when there is contact of arms of both opponents. We learn to control and efficiently attack the opponent. San shou (kumite) is study of combat.
To attack we can use hands (fists), elbows, shoulders, head, hips, knees, feet's. Attack and defense are one.
The MartriX intuitive boxing training concept includes Taoist cleaning rituals, stretching and training with punching and kicking pads, body shields and heavy bags.
Apart from the Taijiquan training, we don't focus on fixed forms nor determined sets of technical combinations.
We concentrate on learning simple, basic methods and principles.
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