# Magical Revolution and Rotation

by on 2010/11/16

“太极拳，缠法也。”陈鑫这一句话把太极拳的缠绕的重要性普遍性说到位了。陈、

”。我看不尽然，掩手肱捶就可顺缠发人，野马分鬃也如是，例子多了去了。认为只有逆缠

“自转为化，公转为发。”乍听陈中华一说，我心里就是一震。每当我初次听到某条至

（本来就是袭击），洪公只一伸手，就将对方弹出数步。这一伸手，就含着公转（正圈）

Kelvin Ho November 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have to admit I don’t understand much of this article, however, I will try to remember Grandmaster Hong’s statement:
“螺旋缠绕分为公转和自转；自转为化，公转为发。”
Maybe one day I will be enlightened.

Wilkin Ng November 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

Kelvin, you should ask Master Chen next time you see him. At DQS he mentioned about this. My understanding is : in rotation the object doesn’t move in space, in revolution the object move in a circular path.

Our taiji combine both, so it is like the earth orbiting around the sun. For example the forearm, it rotate at the same time it orbits around the shoulder joint.

Orbit might not be the correct term, but it give me a better visual than revolve.

—————— here is my first draft translation of the last paragraphs –

It may sound complicated, but it is straightforward. There are two types of orbital rotation in the body, positive and negative circle. In the same way there are two types of static rotation, sun and ni. It can be further reduced to doing circles. You may wonder how come after saying all these, it all come back to doing circle (as described in my previous essay ‘Chen Zhong Hua and Practical Method’)? In fact this shows the efficacy of parctical method training. Theory and application are intimately intertwined, and the foundation of tai ji training naturally lead to the function of spiral movement

The movement is simple, but not easy to do. By doing lots of positive and negative circles, you will increase your skill, kung fu only develop by practicing. This only covers the fundamental, for application in push hand, will wait for another essay.

Finally, please keep in mind what GM Hong said: “Spiral movement can be distinguished between orbit and rotation”, rotate is to neutralize, orbit to attack

KT November 18, 2010 at 12:32 am