We all understand the importance of “don’t move” in Practical Method. To achieve “don’t move”, there’s a pitfall need to be aware.
In one of my foundation class, we were doing. I noticed one student’s upper body was moving when he drew his elbow in. I let him stop and pointed out to him that his upper body should not move when he did the first move of the “in with the elbow.” I also demonstrated to him and other students. Then I let him try again. He’s more relaxed this time when he drew his elbow in, and his upper body didn’t move. When this happened, I knew he fell into a pitfall. This not only happens to beginner students, also happen to advanced students often. When we are doing , we often come across certain forms which we know very well but cannot execute correctly. We know one part of body could not move, and we could not help but let the body toss around. Then we would let the body “relax” so we can achieve “no move” of that part of the body. Unfortunately, the “no move” achieved when the body is relaxed is useless. There’s no relations between the “moving” and “no moving” parts, as if the gears are apart, they cannot work together at all.
In mid of October (2013) Master Chen came to Phoenix for a three day workshop. In his very first morning group class, he was constantly reminding us “don’t move.” In one occasion, when he was explaining how to keep the front “kua” not moving in the second move “rotating” in the, I paid special attention. Here are his words, “ You have to use all your muscles to ensure this (front kua) doesn’t move.” This is the key. This is the answer.
In other occasion, Master Chen also mentioned that power has to be present all the time when we are doing. So, I have my new training goal in . Identify “no move” part of body in every form, use all the muscles possible to secure that part of the body and make sure it doesn’t move while execute every form through out the entire . It will be difficult, but it will be fun and let me have the opportunity to review in more details.