Mini lesson on the importance of not moving the back, training for isolation of the arm by doing spiral movement.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 15 min. In: English Year: 2013 Difficulty:3/5 At:Oakland
In the beginning of the video Master Chen demonstrates a drill that emphasizes separation. This is the primary theme throughout this instructional video. He stands with his back against the wall and has a student push against his torso. Without moving his back, he easily brushes the student’s hand off. He demonstrates this again, the wrong way, moving his back and shoulders, which then is unsuccessful at removing the student’s hands. Master Chen then explains with out separation, there is no yin and yang. “The separation of yin and yang is very important!”
The Lessons to Remember
“Once there is yin and yang, the recombination of what yin and yang can do becomes unlimited!”
“The separation gives you yin and yang. Once it is is separate, the recombined effort is what we call in taiji whole body movement. The body has to work as one unit, not one piece.”
GIF showing no seperation
GIF showing yin and yang seperation
GIF showing differences between no separation and seperation
GIF Master Chen demonstrating the same principle of separation or isolated movements without the wall behind him
GIF showing the difference between the shoulder tossing and the shoulder rotating in it’s socket (open hand represents the socket and fist represents the shoulder joint
GIF demonstrating the drill once more
At the end of the video as Master Chen was doing the drill, he said you must experience this Chuck (Charles Paoletti disciple #19)! I met Chuck in 2013 and I can say with 100% accuracy, he is the biggest person I have met practicing Practical Method Taiji! Master Chen’s point was that if you train this with a more powerful person, and you are able to move their hands off of you while doing the drill, you did it right, achieving yin and yang separation!
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