Turning over the joint is a crucial concept in Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method. 16th generation Grandmaster Chen Xin said in his book, “Illustrated Book of Chen Family Taijiquan”, “The occupation of strategic position is in the struggle for the meridian; the element of surprise is in the turning over of the joint.”
Contents in this video:
1. Beginning. 2. What? 3. How to. 4. Are you on the edge too? 5. Relation to other concepts. 6. Turning Over the Joint drills. 7. Turning Over the Joint practices.
Author: Chen ZhongHua Length: 52 min. In: English Year: 2010 Difficulty:4/5 At:Edmonton
Zhuan Guan is one of the most central concepts of Chen Style Taijiquan:
Synonyms: Turning of the Joint; Go over; Go to the other side; yin and yang; Turning over.
In the two pictures (of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng)above, A is the first move while B is the subsequent move. If you look at the alignment of the head to front foot position as the axis, A and B are essentially the same. A is slightly leaning backward on the top while B is more erect.
Right arm and right foot positions are a different story. In A, the right arm and right foot are directly behind the axis in relation to the opponent. This makes A posture very strong both on the front and at the back. In B, the right arm and the right foot are 45 degrees to the axis in relation to the opponent. This makes the B posture strong on the front but slippery on the back. If one pushes onto A posture, he will meet with a great wall-like resistance. If he pushes onto B posture, he will find B very strong but at the same time, he will fall down.
The switching from A posture to B posture, makes the body move like a revolving door. The revolving door action/effect is what is called Zhuan Guan in Chen Style Taijiquan. Part of it is stable: the axis of the door. Part of it is moving and elusive: the door. You push onto it, it does not move. Instead, you are moved to the other side. This type of special switching is called Zhuan Guan.
The above two photos are provided to clearly show what happens physically. In Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, the switching is never visible. As Ronnie Yee commented after many visits to Jinan, “Grandmaster Hong Junsheng’s disciples all exhibit a peculiar type of energy. When you push with them, everything is fine until you suddenly find yourself on the ground. You cannot find power, you cannot find techniques, you cannot find manipulation!”
Originally posted in 2008