Shortened Versions of the Tian Xiao and Wei Chi Forms

Tian Xiao

(Distilled Version)


This form draws on the earth energy and strengthens the whole body. It is also about renewing Chi. The way we breathe is very important: with the in-breath we open the chest and with the out-breath we sink down. The action is like a bellows, and this serves to rid our bodies of the ‘old energy’ thereby making room for ‘renewed’ energy. The renewed energy comes in when there is no breath (between the out-breath and the next in-breath). As with all forms, it is important to combine intention with breath (and no-breath) and movement. As a spiritual practice, it is about nurturing the quality of equanimity/openness/ courage – one of the qualities of a spiritual warrior.

Wei Chi

(Distilled Version)


This form is to do with protection; it draws on fire-energy. The protection generated comes from an inner heat which protects us from damp and from cold; and also by strengthening the energy body that surrounds us. Breathing is through the nose, and involves us breathing in – rather than out – during outward pushing and stretching movements. Breathing in as we push outwards draws the energy generated by the movement into ourselves to circulate and create the inner warmth. There are three different movements in this form: the energy of the first movement (to the front) comes from the kidneys; the energy of the second movement (to the sides) comes from the lungs; these movements build up our inner heat. The energy of the third movement – a circular movement at the end of the form – serves to nourish the external energy body. Again, intention, breathing and movement all need to be combined.