In numerous occasions, Master Chen talked about how toas a gear box. In energy alignment, he talked about the hand and foot connection. In push hand, he instructed us not to push. Instead, push the leg and by opening the “kua” so that the energy is transmitted from foot to hand. He talked about “fill the kua”, “push the shoulder down”, “fix the two dots and the middle”, “indirect force/power”, etc. The words Master Chen used most in every workshop are “DON’T MOVE.” Master Chen’s teachings are like puzzle pieces in a box. We need to put these puzzles pieces together in order to see the larger picture of Practical Method.
One of Master Chen’s most significant teaching videos to me is “成线那一点-北京2014” (“Dot that makes the line”). The video is in Chinese, posted on Chinese website on March 23, 2015. It’s not new comparing to his English teaching. As a matter of fact, we heard Master Chen talked about this Practical Method principle in English long before he taught that in Chinese. But the Chinese teaching means a lot to me, after all. In that video, there is a particular short section that Master Chen talked about how to fix the knee. In brief, he instructed to find a line from the heel to hip, then find another line directly on the knee extending from knee cap to back of the knee. There’s a cross point when the two lines meet. That’s the dot the knee should aiming at while you want to fix the knee from moving. As in diagram b, c, and d show.
We can do the same analysis to find relationship among knee, kua, and shoulder (c, d, and e). In this case, kua is aiming upward, which fulfills the “fill the kua” requirement. Same as in kua, shoulder, and elbow (d, e, and f), shoulder is aiming downward.
The diagram shows each joint aiming direction. Along the leg,, torso, arm, forearm, the energy pathways form each complete loop, as if all the gears are connected. When we push the foot, the power can reach to our hand.
There are lots of use of the diagram. One immediate benefit is to fix the knee from moving. Before, I always try hard to focus on knee joint only. I can achieve to a certain point to keep the knee from moving. Now, I activate ankle, knee, and kua together to achieve true not moving (真不动）.
The above energy pathway is an over simplified diagram. I think it’s our starting point to put Master Chen’s teaching together.