by Khamserk on 2010/08/24

Master Chen talked a little about intention.  He said when you are in contact with the opponent there is equal compression on both you and  the opponent,  just like Newton’s law which states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  But, for example when you hit a nail with a hammer the nail goes into the wood.  In this case the  outcome is determined by the intention of the hammer to pound the nail into the wood.

An example is when Master Chen uses his opponents punch to bounce them out.  When the opponent punches he sees the fist as a static object and he hits it with his chest.  But if there is any hesitation, if he is scared at the last moment, then it hurts his chest.  If not then his chest is fine but the fist gets hurt.  He says that this is intention.

Intention cannot be taught or learned.  It is like you practice and practice and then one day you do it and then you say to yourself “oh, so that’s what intention is.”  Until  then we can’t really understand what it means.

About Khamserk

Edmonton Instructor for the Practical Method Academy. Kham Serk studied with Master Chen Zhonghua at the age 15 and thorough many full time courses and other learning methods, became a disciple in 2012 on Daqingshan in China.

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kim allbritain October 16, 2010 at 8:33 am

So can we say that ‘intention’ is actually letting our body do what we have trained it to do? More of a state of mind that allows us to avoid the piecemeal attention attached to individual movements so that the trained response performs appropriately.

A baseball player trying to hit a pitch cannot be concerned with the position of his bat, that is for training. He must ‘intend’ to hit the ball. Then his training takes over and he is successful or not.


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