Stay on the line

by Lou Sacharske on 2019/01/27

At the Phoenix workshop Master Chen had someone place a pole from his hand to the arch of his back foot. In w/ elbow his and and forearm slid along the pole. He has a shorter pole placed by his front kua a slightly upward angle. His elbow followed the 2nd pole while the hand stayed on the 1st pole. He then said, it’s actually “out w/ foot” as the hand only guides the direction.

That demonstration really helped my practice, and I was trying to share that experience w/ the visual below:


About Lou Sacharske

Involved with martial arts since 1977. Background includes Shaolin, Kenpo, 8-Step Praying Mantis, Shuai jiao, Yang tai chi, Ba Gua, Xing I, BJJ, MMA, Kali, American boxing.

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Chen Zhonghua January 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

Yes, Lou, “out with hand”, refers to the hand “leads”, there is no power on the hand. The hand specifically refers to the middle finger leading. The power is on the rear foot, pushing. This pushing action is 45 degrees back and downward. What comes to the front hand is the reaction of the foot pushing backwards.


Lucas Brouns February 2, 2019 at 11:55 am

Thank You Lou…


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