Move the hand not the waist

by admin on 2012/01/17

Body movement principle is that the upper and lower parts of the body must not be synchronized. When the upper body moves, the lower body must not move. When the left side of the body moves, the right side of the body cannot move. When the hands move, the waist cannot move.


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Gary Readore January 17, 2012 at 5:52 am

Master Chen:

Thank you again for another interesting topic. I am trying to understand this concept of “when the hands move the waist cannot move”, as this is something new to me for I was taught to connect the hand to the foot and use the waist to direct the movement (which I now understand to be “tossing”.

I have a question, when “the hand moves and the waist doesn’t move”, is the hand still connected to and “powered” by the rear foot pushing? Or is the foot pushing into the point of contact where your opponent touches you so as to stabilize your body and the hand is working independently of this interaction? Also, is there still the “yin-yang” separation in the elbow and shoulder as you talked about in the Germany Workshop videos (ie., the shoulder can’t “pop” and the elbow can’t “lead”)?

This also ties into a general question I have about the “positive circle” when the hand goes out at the end of the movement. What is “powering” the hand? Is it the foot, the yin-yang separation in the body, or both (ie., the foot pushing into the hand AND the yin-yang separation in the elbow, shoulder, chest,…)?

Thank you!

Gary Readore


Chen Zhonghua January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Good questions. If there are simple answers, it wouldn’t be taiji any more. But there are answers. I will get back to you on this as it will take time that I don’t have right at the moment!


Gary Readore January 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

OK, thank you.


pingwei January 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm

The following was my progress in “moving the hands not the waist” account. The clear distinction (before and after) was split of yin and yang. Before I could express yin and yang split, whenever I move my hands/arms, my whole body moves at the same time. I could fake it by forcing the waist stay while doing the circles. But without yin yang split, the move is empty. With the yin yang split, the “peng jin” connects your hand/arm with your torso, yet, your hand/arm is free. Only then, you can “move the hand not the waist” in the correct way.


Zhao Zhidong January 24, 2012 at 5:45 am



Zhao Zhidong August 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm



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