On another thread, in the Push Hands Section titled "Tai Chi on a Beam", there has been quite a rousing discussion going on about the use of the hips during T'ai Chi Ch'uan. I recommend reading it to everyone.
There I made allusions to a method of using the hips that I have developed over time and have had great success teaching to my students. I was asked a few questions about it that could not easily be answered in such a forum and that lead me to decide I really needed to write my method down in a hopefully coherent and understandable fashion; both for my students sake and so that I would be able to present it to a wider audience more easily than writing it out in dribs and drabs on a discussion forum.
That began a journey that lead me to some very unexpected places.
I did quite a bit of hair pulling getting this written but I think I have gotten at least most of what I wanted to say down.
Due to the length of the subject matter I decided to break it up into Chapters, each giving another piece of the puzzle. There will be at least three, possibly four, total Chapters before I'm finished.
One caveat and then I'll let you get to the article:
This is NOT in any way, shape or form an "Official" Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan article or method of instruction.
As mentioned in the article itself, this method of teaching how to use the hips is mine and mine alone, taught exclusively at and by Everyday Taiji Cooperative, LLC.
Without further ado, enjoy: http://everydaytaiji.com/Theory.html