Tai Chi with Ian Sinclair – Episode 5
A rotation of a different colour.
One important element of tai chi is the way that the pelvis moves relative to the hips and legs. This unique rotation of the hips is made possible by the relaxation of the waist and the engagement of the thighs and lower abs. It is important to remember that the rotation of the pelvis is unlike the rotation of the waist.
The waist rotates around the spine, or a central axis in front of the spine. The pelvis, on the other hand, revolves around the hip joint. So, while the waist is like a wheel, the pelvis is like a door. This distinction is very important for balance. It will also be very important in later lessons when we discuss the generation of power, the conservation, of momentum, and the perfection of root.