The cultural history of Taikiken and an introduction to Kenichi Sawai's dynamic way of Taiki movements. More info on Taikiken at https://www.taikiken.org The Taikiken pages are dedicated to Master Kenichi Sawai, who expressed his Taiki feelings so well, when he said:I am proud to be part of a martial-arts tradition as long as that of Ta-ch'eng-ch'üan. (Da cheng quan, Yi quan)
Video clip showing some basic Taikiken applications. A slideshow of old Taikiken photos, combined with video.
Masashi Saito a first generation Taikiken student of master Kenichi Sawai created a kind of kihon for me, when we were training together in Meiji Jingu in 1974/75,. I did walk this kihon a few times a day as part of a six hour program. After Ritsuzen for 30 minutes, I picked out one or two movements which I repeated for hours. I was well aware of the fact that Taikiken don't has fixed forms and that the movements are only to mold the mind/body and master a certain feeling. Sawai sensei expression was "move spontaneous waza."
Wang Shu-chin, who later took over the leadership of the Chung-nan lineage of bagua and hsing-i from Chang Chao-tung, had during his youth, been sent by Chang to represent him in a meeting to bring taiji (tai chi) 'back to the basics,' and to participate actively by injecting into it elements of both xingyi and bagua.