1. Philosophy, Concepts & Principles
2. Unifying the Mental & Physical
I Liq Chuan has two solo (tai chi) forms–the 21 Form and the Butterfly Palm Form. All of the elements of the 15 Basic Exercises are found in the forms. The 21 Form is trained slowly in order to learn how to keep a connected and unified mind and body with continuous flowing movement. The Butterfly Palm Form is a faster moving form performed using Fa jin or explosive power movements.
3. Unifying with the Opponent
Mindfulness is prevalent in all phases of the training used as a tool to develop body awareness and to unify the body and mind such that relaxed, natural body mechanics can be readily applied.
Higher levels of skill and understanding depend on the practitioner being able to perceive the conditions of the moment in order to flow and harmonize. In addition to establishing unified body movement, ILC training also incorporates meditative practice to train mental focus.