# Contained Spiral Force

by on 2011/12/26

The Master once said, “Everybody in the world uses momentum-based movement, therefore we do not. Taiji involves ‘contained spiral force’ that generates momentum on something external to oneself.”

Commentary:

Imagine a car is on a lift. The car is on, it has been put into drive, and someone is inside pushing the gas pedal to the floor. The tires are spinning rapidly on the axle. Now imagine touching one of the spinning tires. Ouch! Now imagine the same scenario, yet the tire pops off the axle and rolls away, carried by its forward momentum, for thirty or forty feet to where you happen to be standing. Now imagine bending down and touching it as it approaches. It slows to a stop and impotently topples over onto its side. In the first instance, the rotation is tightly contained, powerful and controlled. In the second instance the rotation becomes decreasingly powerful and cannot be controlled once it has been seperated from the axle.

It’s not that momentum-based attacks are ineffective, it’s just that the strong can always overcome the weak when both parties use momentum to fight. Yet, by mastering “contained spiral force” the “weak” can overcome the “strong.” Master Hong could not lift heavy rocks, yet could send strapping youths sailing through the air. You must become a gearbox with machine-like precision.

Calvin Chow July 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Zhao Zhidong July 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

KangTS December 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

regarding “turning of the joints,” i like to use the image of a handful of marbles or ball bearings. if you squeeze, i mean really close your hand, that is full of marbles or ball bearings, they tend to be “squeezed” outwards. and this is a general principal that i use/train to deal with contrasting force. and directing the “squeeze” brings about the twisting you are talking about. at least if i am understanding your article in the proper light.