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De-mystifying the 8 Gates of Tai Chi (or, "You tai chi guys really like Symbolism!") One of the principal concepts of Tai Chi that I regularly use in my own practice and is historically a central idea to the art is that of the "8 gates/8 energies/8 bamen." When I first got into the art, I found many references in the classical books to "mobilize your peng" and "relax into Lu" and this had literally no meaning to me at all. Even context clues are pretty much useless when 90% of the references are in pinyin or some other kind of Romanized Mandarin. So, to hopefully help someone else get pas