“Kua Turning” – Protect & Heal Your Knees in Tai Chi, While Strengthening Your Tai Chi Moves

Your tai chi moves are only as good as you can direct your internal energy (qi) and vector the energy of gravity.  The secret to healing and protecting your knees (which also empowers the martial applications of tai chi) requires that you learn to move from your kua. “Kua” refers to the inside hip crease where your legs attach to your torso.  It’s called the “inguinal crease” in western anatomy.  Kua turning is not just used in tai chi, but also in the internal kung fu styles of baguazhang and xingyiquan.  Watch the short video, below, to help you understand this.  Then, take action and practice it.

4 Responses to “Kua Turning” – Protect & Heal Your Knees in Tai Chi, While Strengthening Your Tai Chi Moves
  1. Rachel
    August 23, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Very instructive exercise. Will use it in class today as our tai chi school is focusing on the movement of the hips.

  2. InternalGardens
    November 1, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    Let me know how it goes! Feel free to share this video clip with your class if it helps. 🙂

  3. Randall
    April 3, 2015 | 6:22 pm

    Do you have more moves related to healing the knees?
    Also sign me up.

    • InternalGardens
      April 3, 2015 | 7:53 pm

      Tai chi has been used in China for many centuries – it will strengthen the whole body, along with the knees. The key is to do it correctly. Especially the twist steps. This is something we teach online and in-person. Also, try this – it is very simple, yet amazingly effective:

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