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Things to remember
- Never push your opponent- just stretch your body
- Find an empty space and direct the force to the emptiness
- Constantly adjust to your opponent push by filling the space between you and your opponent.
- When stretching, stretch along the length of your body ( vertical stretch)
- Lock one side always so you can move your other part.
- When your lower body is advancing your upper body will need to retrieve backward.
- When stretching arms, lock shoulders and wrist, cage ribs. Energy will come from chest
- The closer you are the more you will be able to stretch
- When moving your body forward “sneaking in” to get closer to your opponent, feet in first then hands.
- Chest/ rib always tucked in/ caged
- Lock elbow, shoulder and wrist and open your Kua. Force will come from hip.
- There are always 3 points, if you gave one point to your opponent, then lock/control the other two points
While still weight on right leg and left resting on toes
Right had(elbow from above), left hand – (stretching back)
Left leg open forward with heel
Step down (toes should be straight pointing straight forward)
Left handand make a fingers “ring” (thumb touching middle finger)
Right hand positive circle
Things to check.
Elbows should be above left thigh
When arms stretched elbows should be pointing to the earth
Center always locked and stretched
‘ Behind Enemy Lines ‘
This is an expression Master Chen uses that I find particularly helpful in understanding the procedure for utilizing the method of fighting taught in the recent video ‘ Move into empty space ‘.
Engage the opponent
… this creates a ‘ front line ‘ like on a battlefield, causing the opponent to commit his troops to maintain that line. This is the same as the demarcation line. The key seems to be to cause the opponent to commit enough of his ‘ forces ‘ and attention to preoccupy him, while you move to step 2
Move into empty space ( Go behind enemy lines )
…. while maintaining the front line, you must use stealth to maneuver, another force to take up a position behind enemy lines, ( beyond the demarcation ( front line ) by moving into the empty space. The keys are, you must maintain the front line, the movement of the secondary forces must neither disturb the front line, nor should they be construed as a threat. In keeping with taiji threory, if the two ends are locked ( non moving ) this requires we move whats in the middle, ideally getting the kua in, (kua to kua)
1) Today we practiced not moving the knee forward during movements involving steping forward. Think of “stretching” hamstring and calf muscle as if knee pushing those 2 points apart (like a triangle )
Corrections in first movement when arms leads out to right after foot shovels forward-should be aleading with hand.
Also in first move as arms sweeps through to front, lead with elbow and don’t let arm or elbow drop lower.
In second movement correction was to make sure I never see my palm. Don’t turn wrist.
2) White Crane Spreads its Wings
Block Touching the Coat (Lan Ca Yi)
Wrist cross (Like X) right hand on top of left, fingers pointing downwards.
Lower right elbow open
right hand, left hand close to left hip.
Shift weight on left foot, right armand left negative right, leg stretch to horse stance (all same time) landing on heel
Rest the right feet
Stretch right arm positive circle