Silk Reeling Exercises in St Albans, Hertfordshire
Silk Reeling is a core practice in Chen Style Tai Chi and we often practice Silk Reeling in our Tai Chi classes.
What is "Silk Reeling"?
Silk reeling refers to a set of internal movement principles expressed in traditional styles of Tai Chi Chuan, but especially emphasised by the Chen and Wu styles. The name derives from the twisting and spiralling movements of the silkworm larva as it wraps itself in its cocoon, and to the metaphorical principle of "reeling the silk from a silk worm's cocoon". In order to draw out the silk successfully the action must be smooth and consistent without jerking or changing direction sharply. Too fast, the silk breaks, too slow, it sticks to itself and becomes tangled. Thus silk reeling movements are continuous, cyclic, spiralling patterns performed at constant speed with the "light touch" of drawing silk. - Wikipedia
Further Reading: Chen Xiaowang on Silk Reeling Energy Skills (by Marvin Smalheiser)
Translator for the interview was Joseph Cheu, D.O., Milburn, NJ
Originally published in the October 1996 (vol 20 no. 5) issue of T'ai Chi Magazine.
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