Once in motion, the entire body must be light (Qing) and agile (Ling), (it) especially should (be) threaded together.
Taijiquan Treatise by Zhang, San-Feng
Jwing-Ming, Dr. Yang, and Ymaa Publication Center. Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters. P. 1
The body’s movement is soft, relaxed, smooth, natural and comfortable.
Light and agile like movements of playing monkeys.
The body must act like a soft whip. Continuous motion like the stream of river or waves of the ocean. Threaded together like Chinese coins or pearls on a string. Mindfulness pervades the whole body. The strength is concealed within softness. Power is instantly available at the touch of a feather. The bow is drawn and ready. Like shouting a cannonball of fire. Like the tale of dragon.
The lightness is not an emptyness; it contains intrinsic energy. The agility is not superficial; it conseals a watchful awareness.
All the parts of the body must be connected like a string of pearls. This means that the movements must exhibit the incessant and continuos flow of a great river.
- Concentration of the mind.
- Complete relaxation of the body.
- Sinking of the chi to tan tien and abiding by it so that the breathing may be deep and slow.
(Tai Chi Chuan for Health and Self-Defense: Philosophy and Practice T. T Liang) p. 17-18