When the legendary Master Wu Chian Chuan taught Tai Chi to Grand Master Young Wabu, Wu taught him the methodology of cultivating neigong through Internal Discipline. Wu learned the Tai Chi from his father who learned from the Yangs—without alteration (see FAQ). The Yangs learned the art from the Chens. Internal Discipline should be a common thread through all the classical tai chi forms. And is of particular importance when one wants to develop the full health benefits of Tai Chiand to learn martial arts applications of Tai Chi.
Internal Discipline is the most challenging aspect of learning Tai Chi. The central element of the practice dictates how a movement should be made from the internal core of the body—the abdomen and the back—not from the external parts of the body, such as arms and shoulders.
This discipline is essential to obtain the full benefits of Tai Chi. Without it the entire logical structure of Tai Chi disintegrates and can no longer be considered an internal martial art.
Tai chi is known historically as an internal martial art with a legendary reputation of cultivating neigong or internal energy and thereby achieving exceptional health benefits. Unfortunately, this art has been lost in most modern tai chi teaching.
Classical Tai Chi: "The art of Internal Motion that is mobilized by Internal Energy which is directed by Internal Discipline"