Master Chen, I have a question for you related to the use of the dantian and coccyx. In reading the book “Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, Volume One: Theory” which you translated from Hong Junsheng’s writings, it says that the sinking of the qi to the dantian has a lot to do with the actions of the coccyx, and that the coccyx should actually curl up backwards.
I was practicing thethis morning and noticed something related to this in regards to the where the shoulder goes/pushes down, the waist goes to the side and the arm/hand goes forward. I always had a question about how to actually generate the down power/force or significant down power. By just trying to drop/sink the shoulder I didn’t seem to be able to generate enough. I had the question of was it just pushing/dropping the shoulder, or was it also the dropping of the right knee and subsequent opening of the left kua. Doing this I could get a downward feeling but not substantial and seemed to be more horizontal than vertical.
In practicing today I felt if I dropped the dantian, or rather pushed/pulled it down, then I could really feel the drop/compression and by not moving the front knee the split was more pronounced, especially if I kept thesuspended. Also, in doing the last part of the this also seemed to help open the back and create the of the hand going forward the energy sinking down and the rear part going back. I then played around with the position of the coccyx and if I pushed it down and then slightly curling it back it seemed to stabilize/lock the whole dantian area where my stance was not floating as much. It seemed rather significant in keeping this part from moving which is something you refer to a lot.
Does this explanation sound correct for what i should be doing/experiencing? Is the pushing/pulling down of the dantian (while keeping thesuspended) key/important?