Wang Ts’ung–Yueh Taiji Classic

  1. Tàijí is born from wújí.
    It is the mother of yin and yáng.
  2. In movements, it [ yin and yáng] separates
    and in stillness it unifies.
  3. It must not be overdone or fall short.
    Respond to the curve with expansion.
  4. When the opposition is strong, become supple; this is yielding.
    Follow the person back without disconnection; this is sticking.
  5. When the movement is fast, respond quickly.
    When the movement is slow, follow slowly.
  6. Although there are many variations,
    there is only one principle.
  7. Proficiency evolves into understanding the forces.
    Understanding precedes spiritual clarity.
  8. Only through persevered practice will profound understanding be attained.
  9. Be conscious on the crown of the head.
    Sink the qì to the dantian.
  10. Do not tilt or lean.
    Suddenly conceal and suddenly reveal.
  11. When the left is substantial, the left becomes insubstantial and when the right is
    substantial, the right becomes insubstantial.
  12. When the opponent attacks upwards, I lead him higher.
    When the opponent attacks downwards, I draw him lower.
    When he steps forward, I overextend him.
    When he withdraws I close onto him.
  13. A feather cannot be added.
    A fly cannot settle.
  14. The opponent is not aware of me, but I’m fully aware of him.
    He who has achieved all of this, will be invincible.
  15. There are a lot of other martial arts, with differences in styles and movements. However
    their basis is the strong overcoming the weak or the slow giving way to the fast.
  16. The strong overcoming the weak and the slow giving way to the fast, is simply an innate
    skill and not an achievement of martial art study.
  17. Considering the verse; “Only four tael are required to neutralise a thousand catty of force”,
    shows that victory is not due to superior strength.
    Observing an old man defeating a mob raises the question; what is [the value] of speed?
  18. Stand like a level scale, be mobile like a wheel.
    Sinking allows you to follow,
    double heaviness causes you to be stagnant (hindered).
  19. Someone after years of dedicated practice being unable to adjust or neutralise, and is
    easily defeated by others, has not understood the fault of double heaviness.
  20. To avoid this fault, you must understand the harmony (dynamic association) between yīn
    and yáng. This will lead to dongjin (understanding the forces/energies).
  21. Once dongjin is achieved; further practice and analysis develops greater refinements.
    Gradually you will reach the stage where everything extends from the will of the mind and
    xin (heart).
  22. The foundation is to forget yourself, and follow the other.
    Most mistakenly neglect the near and pursue the far.
    It is said: “To miss by a fraction of a lí is to miss by a thousand lí.
    The student must comprehend all of these points fully,
    so I [Wang Ts’ung – Yueh] say.