In the first stage, for the foundation work, attention should be paid to the following points:
(I) Correctness: In learning to practice Tai Chi Chuan you must, first of all, keeps your body upright and comfortable, and take the correct position. When raising the head and straightening the neck, dropping the shoulders and elbows, relaxing the waist and holding in the buttocks, special attention should be paid to keeping the spine straight and the shoulders and hips re1axed and flat to ensure an upright torso. The positions for the other parts of the body should also be executed earnestly and correctly as required. As a matter of fact, ignorance of the essential points for any one part of the body will lead to a deformation in the positions of the other parts. For example, if the buttocks protrude, the waist will be affected, the chest will be thrust out, and the abdominal muscles will become tense, causing errors in the execution of the movements. Therefore, the beginners must not seek quick Progress or learn hastily and carelessly.