Escuela de Taichi :: searching the equilibrium

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".....What is important is that the principles remain the same. Different masters.....improved the art until the ultimate objective is achieved where form becomes formless, limbs are no more important, brute force becomes nonexistent and stiffness has given way to being fully relaxed. Character formation has advanced to the stage of 'non-self' and of non-resistance....."

Master Huang Sheng Shyan

Welcome to Escuela de Taichi, the centre of applied Taichii principles.

Based in Ghent City, Belgium, the centre was formed with the aim of providing a systematic Taichi training platform for those interested in learning a solid foundation in this extraordinary art.

Founded by Daniel Rodriguez, with the intention of spreading and promoting the high quality of Taichii that his teacher taught him, Escuela de Taichi offers an exceptional environment to induce the student into the absolute spirit of the way.

Although the accuracy of postural and movement details are of integral importance, the Schools main approach is to focus on cultivating the 'essence' within the body through the body's own natural intelligence and through constant research and practice of the principles.


Basic principles

The essence of Tai Chi can be found in the principles contained within the following Taichii classics. :

  1. Wang Ts'ung-Yueh Taiji Classic
  2. The Song of the Thirteen Postures
  3. Understanding of the Thirteen Postures
  4. The Song of Hitting hands
  5. Important Taiji points from the Yang family
  6. The Song of Substance and Function
  7. Master Huang's 20 Important Points

As Tai Chi practitioners and teachers it is our responsibility to adhere to the classics without deviation, they are the foundation of our practice. Continuous reference to them is necessary to develop and deepen our understanding of the art. The practice will only end up empty and superficial if the principles are not followed.

Read More about.

  1. Master Huang's 20 Important Points
  2. Master Huang's 13 Question and Answers


Tai Chi could be described as the 'Art of letting go'. It is a process to develop and deepen the relaxation of body and mind, overcoming stress and its associated illnesses.

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Better posture, alignment and balance, improved blood circulation and a strengthened immune system are just some of the many benefits that can result from regular Taichi practice.

Initially the student should feel a general release of tension throughout the body and mind, after continual practice these feelings of release should deepen and extend into normal daily activities. The increased awareness of the subtle sensations and reactions within the body and mind will lead to an overall body/mind awareness, and extend into mindfulness in every situation

In most traditional medicine, health problems are dealt with as soon as any imbalance in the energy system of the body is detected. Disease and Illness comes from the imbalance at the elemental level in the body, this is generally attributed to the blockage in the flow of the energy system from physical and mental stress. The gentle nature of Tai Chi enhances and deepens the Qi flow, balancing the energy system and preventing blockages from building up.


Our Practice

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The Up and Down Movement (open an close)

The foundation exercise for our practice, the up and down movement was developed by Master Huang in the early eighties, some twenty years after the creation of the relaxing exercises. The importance of this seemingly simple practice can not be underestimated, especially as Master Huang often mentioned that all his understanding of Tai Chi was in this movement.

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Relaxing Exercises

The Five Relaxing Exercises were developed by Master Huang with the intent to provide the students with a systematic structure to bring the Tai Chi principles into the body. The repetitive nature of the the movements allows the time and space for the student to constantly refine their practice.

We always learn the Relaxing Exercises first as they give us the foundation for the rest of the system. Even as a 'developed' practitioner we can not afford to overlook them and must continue to work to refine them. How we move in the Relaxing Exercises will translate directly how we move in the Form and Partner Work.

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Short Form

The form provides the vehicle to develop our internal strength through correcting our body alignment and structure which allows for the cultivation of deep relaxation. All of this can be achieved by integrating the Tai Chi principles within the form.

The 37 posture Cheng Man-Ching Short Form is the foundation form in our system. The initial emphasis is to relax, loosen and open the joints. Then to foucs on developing complete accuracy within the physical postures and movement, which gradually leads to the subtle refinement of internal body movements.

sword form

Sword form

The sword, as an additional element, is integrated in the movements as an extension of our body. As unusual part of our body, learn to stabilize our balance based on this additional weight because our body changes its point of gravity. The Sword Form helps us to improve weight balance, which can be applied in all areas of daily life.

The Sword Form has 108 postures, divided into six sections.

stepping form

Stepping form

Paul Renall developed the Stepping Form because through his experience a lot of students seemed to have problems with balance and centering when moving (stepping).

If we cannot keep our balance as soon as we start to move, then we must question, what are we actually learning? Can we only keep centered when we feel solid and stable and in a comfortable position? Life throws at us a lot of pressures and forces that we do not expect, this is when it is most necessary to remain stable, balanced and relaxed.

The stepping form is a quick, easy to learn form. Details are not focused on so we can find it more easy to keep the flow of the movement.

See videos about Stepping Form in The TaiJi School

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Partner Work

The legendary founder explains in the last sentence of the first Tai Chi classic; 'The intended purpose was for the followers to attain health and longevity, not just for combat.' This statement highlights the fact that Tai Chi is a martial art. A martial art with the purpose of achieving health and longevity. The pushing hands are essential if one wants to go deeper into art of Tai Chi. Through the partner work the practitioners can cultivate sensitivity, listening and the understanding of the forces.

Whether practising the fixed step patterns or the free play our focus is to develop the principles of sticking, adhering, connecting and following, whilst not resisting or disconnecting.

tai chi applications

Tai Chi Applications

As we know Tai Chi is a martial art. A martial art with the purpose of achieving health and longevity.

Similar than we do in the Partner Work, through fake attacks we will apply movements and postures of the Form to be protected and control our aggressor. This, in addition to providing a utility for everyday life, helps us to understand and improve the postures of the Form.

See videos about Tai Chi Applications in The TaiJi School


Lineage :: modern lineage of our system

Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing

Grandmaster Cheng Man-ch'ing (1900 - 1975)

The master of the five excellences was a top disciple from Yang Cheng Fu, Grandson of Yang Luchan (the founder of Yang style Tai Chi). He developed the 37 step short form, commonly known as the Cheng Man-ch'ing form, which is now one of the most widely taught forms throughout the world. He not only taught in Taiwan but also in America where he is acknowledged as bringing Tai Chi to the west. To this day he has been one of the greatest personal examples of spreading the art of Tai Chi throughout the world.

Master Huang Sheng Shyan Paul Renall

Master Huang Sheng Shyan (1910 - 1992)

Being a disciple of Cheng Man-ch'ing for 10 years in Taiwan, he was widely acknowledged as Cheng Man-ch'ing top student. Following the request of his teacher he went to spread the teaching in Malaysia and Singapore. From here Master Huang developed and refined what he had learnt from his teacher. He established many schools throughout South East Asia with which thousands of students passed through, mostly due to the skill and ability of their famed teacher. For those who knew Master Huang and were fortunate enough to feel and learn from him attest to his incredible skill level in Tai Chi. He lived and breathed Tai Chi and saw everything as a part of this. He freely demonstrated his skill to anyone, always willing to show how the Tai Chi principles of softness overcome hardness.

Wee Kee Jin Paul Renall

Wee Kee Jin (1956 - )

Wee Kee-Jin was the last live-in personal disciple of Master Huang: He spent fours years living and training with Master Huang, and then another four years closely associated with him. Since the passing of Master Huang in 1992, Wee Kee-Jin has continued on with his Teachers ethics and passion for Tai Chi, teaching it with absolute refinement and precision. He moved to New Zealand in 1991 with his family and established the 'Tai Chiquan School of Central Equilibrium'. Jin's incredible perseverance and dedication in following in his teachers footsteps and developing his Tai Chi has meant Jin has become an exceptional practitioner, constantly refining himself and his practice. Jin's complete openness in teaching and his ability to not only describe but show how the Tai Chi principles work within the body, has attracted students to him from all around the world. He regularly spends half of the year teaching workshops in Europe, Malaysia and Australia. For more information on Wee Kee-Jin and his teachings please refer to his web site.

Paul Renall Paul Renall

Paul Renall (1977 - )

Paul is a senior student of Wee Kee-Jin, having learnt from Jin since the year 2000. Through-out this time he has lived with Jin in New Zealand, receiving personal instruction and correction from him. Paul is a certified teacher of Jin's 'Tai Chiquan School of Central Equilibrium' in which he also taught. Paul has often assisted Jin in his European workshops and for the last four years he has been taking his own workshops and residentials there. He is now fulfiling his intention to establish a concentrated environment by founding The Taiji School.


Instructors :: Daniel Rodriguez

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Daniel Rodriguez (1981 - )

Daniel is a initiated student of Paul Renall, began studying with him for two full months the basic principles of Taichi. During long hours of daily training with his teacher moved surprisingly became one of his best pupils. This effort has been rewarded with a certificate from The Taiji School. Since then he has been improving his capabilities in different workshops and residential, and in his continued practice taichi principles.

He is currently collaborating on workshops in Belgium with Paul Renall and in Taichi initiation trainings.

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