Ping Wei is one of Master Chen Zhonghua’s indoor disciples. He lives and teaches Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method in Phoenix, AZ. USA.
August 28, 6:30am, Phoenix, AZ. Temp: 35 C.
It’s a dog day to do taiji. The heat just drain your energy out. But I went anyway because I have no excuses to miss the class. When we were doing the circles, Gerry mentioned that in one of Master Chen’s video, Master Chen particularly emphasized that the rear hip should be lower than the front side one. OK, here is my story.
It must be 6 or 7 years ago when Master Chen did an correction on me. One of the correction was to let me get lower (sink) after each form. So I practiced that way for a year or two. When I finally had another chance to do in front of Master Chen, he corrected me again by saying “don’t drop low.” Couple of more years later, I finally realized how different among the words “low”, “sink”, “drop”, and “down”. There is no too much difference in their literally meaning. I can change the blog title to “Get down, but don’t get down”, or “Sink, and don’t sink”. The difference is between internal and external.
When Master Chen first told me to get low, to sink, I took it literally, I did it by lowering my structure. When Master Chen told me not to get low, not to drop, that means you don’t need to get your physical structure low, but you still can and should get your energy low. YOU GET LOW INTERNALLY. Ah, that’s your intention.
Taiji (or I should particularly say “Practical Method”) is full of dilemma. But, if you start to understand what ‘s out, what’s in, things become clear. Move, don’t move; sink, don’t sink; drop, don’t drop.