In motion the whole body should be light and agile,
The qi should be excited; the shen should be internally gathered.
The postures should be without defect,
The jing should be rooted in the feet, generated from the legs,
If correct timing and position are not achieved, the body will become
The principle of adjusting the legs and waist applies for moving in
All movements are motivated by mind, not external form.
If there is up, there is down; when advancing, have regard for withdrawing;
If the mind wants to move upward, it must simultaneously have intent downward.
Alternating the force of pulling and pushing severs an opponent's
Insubstantial and substantial should be clearly differentiated.
The whole body should be threaded together through every joint
Tai chi chuan is like a great river rolling on unceasingly.
Wardoff, rollback, press, squeeze, pluck, split, elbow, shoulder are
equated to the Eight Trigrams.
Advance, withdraw, look right, look left and central equilibrium are
equated to the five elements: metal, wood, fire, water and earth.
Written by Chang San-feng.