“To withdraw is to issue” is a taiji concept. Toto utilize levers is a method to incorporate this concept into taiji practice. In Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method system, Hong Junsheng’s aphorism “Hand out elbow in” (In with elbow without the hand; without the elbow) is the realization of this concept on the upper body; while “Sink down to grind out” is the realization of the same concept on the lower body.
To withdraw is to issue
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