Tai Chi Chuan, literally meaning “Grand Ultimate Fist,” is one of the most sophisticated Chinese fighting arts. It is a masterpiece of neurophysiology as the brain connects with the fighting devices of the fingers and the toes for punches and kicks. The desire force of Yi毅(力) in the brain amplifies the energy cell of Qi 氣through the Chinese acupuncture channel “Spleen 21” to animate the fingers and toes into an action. The interrelationship of these invisible elements – the brain Yi amplifying the Qi in the fingers and toes to create the desired moves – is the result of the slow movements.
It is the objective of martial artists to have the ability of quick central nervous system reactions. Their punches and kicks are undertaken directly by the brain awareness. When this awareness awakens, action is delivered by the remote nervous system components of fingers and toes. Synchronizing the awareness of the brain, fingers and toes is the central purpose of this Tai Chi Chuan practice.
The slow-motion of Tai Chi Chuan practice is like Bluetooth pairing the connection of the fingers and the toes with the control center of the nervous system. Once it’s paired, the practitioner’s brain, fingers and toes work as an inseparable unity: any emotion and intention in the conscious brain is instantly transmitted into the physical action of the fingers and toes without any delay. This is of utmost importance for martial artists when they are engaged in fighting.
The quick transmission of a neuro-reflex into physical action is essential for the martial artist, with the implication that he or she can deliver the punches and kicks within a split second. It is like the specialized ability of the courtroom stenographer, whose fingers type as people speak. This neural and physical connection is a necessary function of all human beings, which enables them to accomplish our daily activities more effectively and quickly, whether we work at home or have a job in an office.
In today’s rapidly changing world, left hemisphere brain functioning is no longer enough. Today’s invention is tomorrow’s history, and by the day after tomorrow, it’s ancient history. The work of the future will require creative and intuitive thinking as well as physical action. Successful individuals can and must learn how to use a fully functional brain integrated with the power of emotional and physical cooperation.
These unhurried and relaxed movements help to regulate the nervous system, lubricate the joints and eliminate stiff muscle contractions. They facilitate full cooperation with brain function, circumventing physical interference from the muscles. This enables our fingers and toes to reach the highest level in the work of art.
For health, this soft and slow motion of the practice eases body tension, promotes the flow of vital energy Qi and replaces muscle rigidity with flexibility and excellent body coordination. It boosts one’s mental tranquility, improves physical fitness, increases blood circulation to its full capacity, and provides the tissues of the various organs with the maximum amount of oxygen.
Tai Chi Chuan is one of the best contributions to human well-being. 太極拳帶給我們人類最隹的貢獻.