Rules for the Knee

by Chen Zhonghua on 2013/02/02

When you are stepping, which is a global move called revolution, you are free to move your knee.

Once you finish this move, in which case, you have landed your foot and fixed your foot as an anchor, your knee should also be fixed.

At this point, the knee cannot move any more. It can only rotate, which does not cause any movement or displacement of space. The locking in place (not rigid) of the knee causes the inner kua and the inner arch of the foot to expand along the lines of a curve. This arching action makes the arc similar to that of a bridge. This is also one of the bows of Taijiquan.

As you can see, the locking in place of the knee is crucial in this activity. Any movement of the knee will nullify this effort.

originally published in 2008

 

About Chen Zhonghua

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

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