In Ju's 1995 Taichi Series - Turn Stomp (Lot 1095), the subject's center of gravity shifts onto the right foot as the figure turns, palms flattened and straight, while Ju captures the potential attack pose in the upraised left foot. In the relative positions of the figure's limbs he clearly reveals the way hand, eye, body, and technique are all united by the concept of "embracing the spirit and body as one," and the taichi practice of countering speed with slowness and movement with stillness. In Taichi Series - Step, Parry, Punch (Lot 1098), the figure first steps forward and plants one foot firmly, stabilizing its trunk area and focusing power in its arms. In his simplified geometrical treatment, Ju Ming retains just a few broad, incisive lines, through which he suggests all the details of the body and its movements; within the stability of the sculptural form he nevertheless emphatically conveys the suddenness of the figure' s movements.
Early works in the Taichi Series featured individual figures that expressed the energy and harmony of taichi through their dynamic poses. They distill the underlying philosophy of Taichi, in which yin and yang are revealed as two commingling halves of one whole; they benefit and complement each other, generating infinite diversity, and are the source from which all things in the universe derive. Since the 1980s, Ju has begun a new chapter, re-thinking his Taichi Series and creating sculptures showing a number of different dueling pairs. The earliest of the Sparring Series sculptures appeared in 1981, and the new portrayals that followed, offering deeper glimpses into the fundamental meaning of taichi, immediately found welcome
with collectors. Taichi Series - Sparring (Lot 1143) dates from the early '80s. Broad and full in outline, it nevertheless portrays its taichi moves with great clarity. In his sparring figures from the 90s, Ju displays two figures countering each other's moves in "pushing hands" routines that express both solid form and implied motion.
Those works include figures fixed in position on a bronze mounting plate, such as his Taichi Series - Sparring (Lot 1144), and his Taichi Series - Sparring (Lot 1097). Ju's Taichi Series - Soft Defeats Hard (Lot 1099) is a revelation of the essence of taichi, in which retreat is followed by a countermove, aggressiveness is countered by yielding, and you make use of your opponent's energy and flow with his attack. Movement and countermovement, yin and yang, complement each other in an unending cycle. In Taichi Series- Taichi Arch (Lot 1096), the figures in their sparring and pushing hands routines have now become almost wholly abstract. Where once Ju would have portrayed independent, opposed figures, here he transforms them and their relationship to space into one continuous form that implies the connection of their energies. No longer insisting on the strict visual reality of what he sees, Ju Ming breaks from the constraints of taichi moves and postures to express himself by means of a powerfully abstracted and modern sculptural vocabulary.