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Martial Arts Origin of Tai Chi

Did you ever wonder…

  • What is fajin?
  • How do I develop the power for fajin?
  • How is internal energy used as a power source in fajin?
  • How do the Tai Chi Forms help with my martial arts training?
  • How do Push Hands and sparring help with my martial arts training?
  • Why is “follow the opponent” important to Tai Chi strategy?
  • Why is “stick to the opponent” the most important method in Tai Chi?

In my 40 years of teaching Classical Tai Chi, I have found these to be common questions. Classical Tai Chi allows you to make and use internal energy or power (torso). This is lost in other forms of Tai Chi. People are using external power (arms and legs) as if Tai Chi was like Karate or other external martial arts. Not using the torso’s internal power in your moves means you are weaker and slower. Using fajin with internal energy means you can easily use the power hidden within your body most people can never use.

Every tai chi move should have two purposes: one is the martial art piece; the other is the health benefit. This course talks about the martial art aspect. My earlier course “Health and Strength with Tai Chi” talks about the health aspect. Both depend upon the internal moves, which are talked about in detail in the “Health and Strength with Tai Chi” course.

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Your Instructor


Stephen Hwa
Stephen Hwa

Dr. Stephen Hwa is the 2nd generation disciple of the legendary Tai Chi Master Wu Chien Chuan, founder of Wu Style Tai Chi. Master Hwa was fortunate to be taught the advanced “Small Circle, or Small Frame Tai Chi Form” where every movement originates from the core of the body. Because of the depth and subtlety of learning this art in addition to the early Master’s desire to pass on this art to only a few selected students, few Tai Chi practitioners now know about these exercises. Yet, the ultimate objective of learning Tai Chi is to learn the totally internal Small Frame, while other large frame exercises practiced by most Tai Chi practitioners today are simply preparatory in nature. During his forty years of practicing and teaching this art, Hwa has been able to utilize his advanced scientific training (PhD in Engineering) to deconstruct the art to come up with new teaching methods to break through obstacles in learning, so more people can learn these advanced movements quickly. He has written a book, Uncovering the Treasure: Classical Tai Chi’s Path to Internal Energy & Health, and created several DVDs about Classical Tai Chi available on his website at classicaltaichi.com


There is saying in China 内传小架,外传大架, “small Frame reserved For family insider; large frame for everyone else”. Small Frame does not mean just have smaller movements. There are fundamental difference between small and large frame. It is the internal discipline in movements (all movements are carried out from the torso not from the limbs) resulted in small frame. Let us look at some examples:

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