Is proper tai chi form important at all when doing primordial qigong? Or is it more the internals that matter?….If form is important, wouldn’t it be better to learn it in workshops or have regular teacher supervision? Or already be proficient in a form? Is it based more on yang style form?
While it is true that you should do a reasonable approximation of the form to get the intended benefits, it is not a rooted structure-based form like tai chi. It’s more of a qigong form than a tai chi form, and so I consequently prefer the name “Primordial Qigong” to the name “Tai Chi for Enlightenment” (or its variants).
Learning anything live is better than learning by homestudy, but I think a person can learn PQ reasonably well by homestudy.
The main reasons to learn this live would be:
1. Had trouble learning it by homestudy
2. Looking to hear or ask q&a re: aspects of the form
3. Wanting to get certified by Michael through HTUSA to teach the form.
Otherwise, for PQ, I would say it is not as critical as it is for some other topics.
I learned it from DVD_s … Checked out different authors … As I see, some try to do it in more tai chi way and others in another more spiritual way, not emphasizing stucture …
I am not tai chi practitioner, but I do ving tsun and from my experience fluid snake&crane concept fit in to primordial form quite well. To feel the fluid swithes of the body movements, changes of body weight distributions, etc … anhance the experince … That is from my experience …
I have been practicing it for 4 months now, every second day … and enjoy it very much …
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