Tai Zhang Dao Philosophy
How Can You Imitate nature?
You can do so by simply learning how to move naturally as your body was designed to move and not in a rigid, formal, way that many styles teach.
As with Tai Chi, the underlying concept of TZD is to imitate certain aspects of nature and follow their movements. For instance, take the wind, it can vary from a gentle breeze to a raging hurricane (typhoon) following the path of least resistance.
It can gently caress your body or blow away everything in its path. It does not use direct force but wraps around a resistance with a driving force until it bends the object to its will.
Or, take water as in a lake or flowing river. It can be a source of peace and solitude or a raging flood ravaging everything downstream that also follows the path of least resistance.
Resistance by anything in the path of the flow is futile because it does not use brute force to root things out but flows around and envelops any opposition until the object yields to the constant driving pressure exerted upon it. Similar things could be said of fire and earth.
A Circular Path of Least Resistance
Notice also the fact that these forces rarely move in a straight line but follow a curved or circular path of least resistance. So too should you adopt a similar method in your moves.
You need to imitate these powerful forces of nature in the course of your training. You should try to flow around your opponent; your arms should maintain a constant pressure of strikes and blows until the opposition ceases to be a problem; your feet should take you down the path of least resistance.
These actions should all happen without any conscious thought or direction from your mind. For example: When someone throws you a ball, do you have to think about how to intercept and catch it, or does your body and hands just react to catch it without conscious thought or directions? This should be your goal in training.
This is the underlying philosophy of TZD
We teach concepts and methods, not rules and forms; moving naturally instead of using brute force,