10 Form Tai Chi
Part 1 (Commencement)
The first movement in the 10 form tai chi is simply called commencement, although it could be called “Wuji becomes Taiji.”
This is a good movement in which to pay attention to the proper alignment of the head, back and waist. It is also a good place to introduce the importance of sinking the shoulders and relaxing the elbows.
You may find your breath start to coordinate with the movement so that you inhale as the hands rise and exhale as the hands lower. But be careful not to try too hard to control the breath. The important thing is that you breath, and that you relax.
Your teacher may eventually use this movement to teach you a great deal about breathing, relaxation, alignment, and qi cultivation.
This first movement of traditional tai chi routines is often overlooked, but it is possibly the most important movement of the form, so pay attention to the little details. If you are learning tai chi for self defence, you will find that this movement is extremely important for helping you to develop the proper natural instinct.