Yang-style Taijiquan Baduanjin
The Yang-style Taijiquan Baduanjin was originally an indoor family neigong
of the Yang family—a secret weapon sorts. It can be seen variously as a good solid warmup and strength and flexibility practice or as an essential piece of the Yang-style Taijiquan curriculum.
More info on the Yang Baduanjin 'Baduanjin'
八段錦) means ‘eight-section brocade’ and connotes the side by side placement of different weaves of fabric seen, for example, in the robes of Emperors or monks. The term baduanjin
first appears in Hong Mai’s ‘Records of the Listener’ in the Song Dynasty (1127-1279). The Emperor’s Chief Secretary Li Siju is described as living a simple life which includes getting up at night to practice deep breathing, self massage and exercises called baduanjin
. Today a standard set of baduanjin
is practiced and is readily found in books and on the internet.
The Yang-style Taijiquan Baduanjin is not related to the standard sequence. It originates with Yang Jianhou (楊健侯 1839-1917), or possibly his father Yang Luchan (楊露禪 1799–1872) and was passed to his disciple Tian Zhaolin (田兆麟 1891-1959). Most practitioners of the Yang-style Taijiquan Baduanjin today descend from the Yang-Tian lineage. Tian Zhaolin began a collaborative writing project with a martial arts enthusiast named Chen Yanlin which was later to be published in 1943 as ‘Taiji Boxing, Sabre, Sword, Pole, Sparring Compiled’ (tàijí quán dāo jiàn gǎn sànshǒu hébiān
太極拳刀劍桿散手合編), but without Tian’s name attached.List of the Yang-style Taijiquan Baduanjin
Section One: Peng
Section Two: 21 Form Neigong
Section Three: The Waist and Spine (腰脊椎)
Section Four: The Arms (胳膊)
Section Five: The Legs (腿)
Section Six: Zhan Zhuang
Section Seven: Fajin
Section Eight: Caituigong