Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures is a short, but extremely powerful taijiquan form. It is valuable to experienced taiji practitioners who feel they are ready to take their practice to a new level, and to beginners as well. If you are experienced and feel you are not rooted, fully present or energetically connected throughout your whole form, then you may just find this workshop is what you are looking for in order to reach the effortless power that is promised in the classics.
At higher levels, taijiquan promises not just good health and robust vitality, but also radical Presence, effortless power, and an opportunity to resonate with the Tai Ji, the undifferentiated Wholeness that is the Ground of Being. Most important, it shows us how to bring all this into the lived life.
In over a quarter century of teaching, Rick Barrett has always tried to shorten the on-ramp to high-level gongfu by simplifying and de-mystifying the language of internal martial arts. Sure, the work still has to be done, but the journey is a lot more satisfying when you know what you are going for and how to get there. His almost 40 years of taijiquan research has been driven by a radical empiricism: Does it do what it says it does? Can I FEEL it? Can it be shared with others? Can it be replicated? Does it lead to further discovery?
Right from the start, I want people to not just be able to successfully execute the movements of a form, but to also feel their qi, their jin, and their root. Not just awakening to the energy that animates all things, but learning to use it effectively.
Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures was taught to Rick by Master Yang Fukui, who learned it from his great grand uncle, Zhai Yongwen.
Is short enough to cover in a weekend.
Its large frame postures can be a physical workout.
It generates an impressive qi.
This is a short yet powerful taiji form valuable to experienced practitioners who wish to take their practice to another level, and to beginners as well.