Some Tai Chi Chuan Classics, The Song of 13 Movements

The Song of 13 Movements


  1. The thirteen movements should not be viewed lightly.
  1. The life-origin of Tai Chi is at the waist.
  1. Attention must be paid to the changes of negative and postive.
  1. Energy flows throughout the body without stagnation.
  1. In the stillness contacting any movement, yet quiet and calm remain.
  1. Only an enemy attack will reveal the wonderful skill.
  1. Pay attention to every movement in order to understand its function.
  1. Long years of practice are needed to master the art.
  1. Attention is at the waist all the time.
  1. When the abdomen is relaxed, energy will ascend naturally.
  1. When the spine is held straight from the coccyx up, the Spirit moves to the top of the head.
  1. Study the movements carefully, giving close attention.
  1. The bending-stretching, and opening-closing will be free and understood.
  1. To find the road to the door, one must have personal guidance.
  1. Practice continually, skills will be cultivated naturally.
  1. To the query, “What is the standard of substance and function?”
  1. The Will and Energy are the king, the bones and muscles the followers.
  1. To the enquiry, “What is the purpose of Tai Chi?”
  1. It is to increase longevity, and to rejuvenate.
  1. This is the song of one hundred and forty characters.
  1. Each word is important, naught important omitted
  1. If one’s study is not based on these words
  1. Then practice is wasted and one will but sigh with regret.