Toronto Feb 2017 Notes

by Brennan Toh on 2017/02/17

Brennan and Josh

Fetch water – the opposite vectors are at the front kua.  Six sealing four closing/seven inch knife – separates at the shoulder.

Six sealing four closing – rotation has to come from the dantien.  When it does, it has a much closer chance of touching the rear foot.  Most easily, the movement and power is coming from the T-bar across the chest.  Bring that power down to the dantien by pulling the hips up (making the body tighter).  This helps to bring the power of the waist into the hand.  (To put power from the waist to the hand, the dantien has to move with resistance.  By creating that resistance with your own body, you are adding connections through the body. )

Positive Circle, Hand out – move the rear shoulder backwards into the line, which causes the hand to move out.  Pulling it back prevents double heaviness, and pushes the fulcrum of the triangle down (pushing out the other two ends, which are the front shoulder and hand in this scenario)

On timing:

  1. Hand precedes the foot (basic)
  2. Hand and foot at the same time
  3. Foot precedes the hand (ideal)

There are two types of power – momentum power and structural power.  If momentum power does not breach the required threshold (to complete the action), it becomes counterproductive. That is, to remove from the structure.

Vertical movement means longer movement – to extend.  Gain distance.  Not necessarily up/down.

There are no opposites.  Yin/yang are the same in the same way that closing distance and expansion are the same.  Same dimension.

Dimensions are space and time.  When you remove both, only intent remains.

You can only do one move at a time.  But different moves can happen at the same time if they are in different dimensions.

Rotation and revolution.  When they are related, there is only one move.  When they are separate, there are two moves happening at the same time.

Our brains our not sequential, nor are our bodies as each body part wants to do other things.  It is our training to turn our body into sequential movements.

When you have a centre line, you cannot make any mistakes as long as that centre line is maintained.

Do the form with more spirit.

About Brennan Toh

Brennan Toh is a 20th generation practitioner of Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method and disciple of Chen Zhonghua. He began learning Practical Method in China in 2011, and has returned to Daqingshan many times since. Located in Canada, Brennan has assisted as an instructor in workshops in Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

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