Old analogies – Taiji is like a rolling log (in water).
Back silk knot Silk reeling
- stretch Touch 1 – contact
- tie Touch 2 – stop
- lock Touch 3 – break
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Take the strategic position and fight for the meridian.
xia ta wai nian
Roughly – Sink mudslide (correctly) then turn out.
Method – back goes down and front grinds out.
nian is a, the action of a roller used in road construction. It is also the action of how you would squish a bug or how you would use your finger to wipe off a drop of something spilled onto a hard surface.
Characteristics of the Practical Method
Eyes are focused on the target rather than following hands (to stabilize center and prevent tossing).
- We put special emphasis in every action.
- Keep in the center (no tossing).
Elbow in, hand out; or, inside in, outside out.
We combinewith the revolution.
- upper body – revolution
Movement is in the foot. gaining distance must come from the foot. Foot movements are nine times longer than hand movements. This is due to the path through the body.
Our circle is a true 3D sphere made of segments
Stance (3 halves)
We don’t shift the body. We shift the energy. The dantien must be locked in place.