BODY MECHANICS OF TAI CHI CHUAN

  • Trevor S.H. Wong
  • Alex S.L. Fok
Keywords: tai chi, push hand, body mechanics, power generation, spatial model

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyse the fundamental movements of Tai Chi and to identify their correct execution, so as to increase their effectiveness, by using modern motion analysis techniques. In this preliminary study, we focused on the power generated from the forward push movement. The process, which involved the subject pushing a punch bag using stands of different lengths and widths, was videotaped. Reflective markers were placed on essential joints of the subject to allow the creation of a spatial model using motion analysis software. The results demonstrated that the length of the stand had more effect than its width on the power generated, and the standard as recommended by certain schools of Tai Chi might not be optimum.
Published
2007-10-29
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities