Notes for Toronto Workshop Sep 7-10, 2019 – By Mark Hanley

by Mark Hanley on 2019/09/30

  1. Gears on either side of spine move in opposite direction

The gears twist on either side of the spine and your intention along with where you are looking can send power in any direction you want. You can also add better control by also changing the percentage of each lever. with straight spine hold with front left kua use right hand across. them Opening kua to right

Power comes from restrictions, stretch to point of rotation, Movement is muscle., no movement is a lever

Every two ends have a fixed point rotate of two ends can cause the fixed point not to move

Drill – front stance right with bend arm in front of you at shoulder level. rotate left shoulder around and back while rotating front shoulder out and around to   squeeze energy through front arm into opponent. Be sure there is a restriction in your chest with a curvature that does not extend even though you stretch from your front shoulder to other shoulder as you perform procedure

When looking and observing understand and look at the 3 dimensions

Your volume is made up of your width, height and depth which is a 100%, through use of proper levers you add a small percentage for example adding lever in your shoulder of 3 percentage adds to your volume and you become 103% restrictions do the same like keeping the same shoulder height in a  move  where say you move forward. Another example of dimension is when moving forward only legs move not the body belly, the body is like a car the legs are the wheels

Your center cannot come out of the structure      In order to go forward with an arm you must either stretch up or down. Don’t lean

In front stance  Drop shoulder while rotating out and around also pop kua up in order to have energy more focused

Improve your form try first 13 doing this

For the first part of every move in the form, there is an internal power part with principles governing the 3 dimensions. the internal power that is required is like turning the handle on a door, once done opening the door is easier to continue.

2.       The yin and yang in practical method using a table saw and piece of wood as example.

The center of the saw is yin the blade is yang energy. The piece of wood close to saw is yang and the further piece is yin. It must move slowly to cut or it becomes a fight. if the blade is loosed it cannot cut straight.

Like a saw you need to move slowly. If you ae not locked with opponent it is like a loose saw. When done right the opponent feels different called a happy death. This happy death must be experienced many times to learn




  1. Opening kua to rotate

Step through opponent with front leg in front stance. Wrap arms around back onto shoulders. stay erect as you drop hip open and rotate either front or back kua without moving shoulders up or down. Do not stick ass out on way down


  1. Resolving opponent’s power by moving
    1. Use a window ledge and move back and forward dropping and rising without your hands leaving the ledge
    2. Hand’s are stationary on opponent you must resolve force by moving anything other than hands


  1. Front stance placing front hands on forearms both lock with power lock both sides of waist and move them


  1. Find opponent’s back and; locked point and then tap back
    1. opponent holds bent arm in front of them with other hand supporting structure roll back and lock either high back middle or lower back.
    2. First just hit opponents’ hand with your open hand. Notice power is in the front hand
    3. Now use your arm extension stretch to first get to the back. You will notice you have to stretch quite a way to get to the back
    4. Now try to notice if the upper back is locked (does not move) if upper moves include your chest in stretch to check middle lower. once found
    5. Execute tap to back by lightening extension on hand rotate left shoulder around and back while rotating front shoulder out and around to squeeze energy tap through front arm to their back

If the opponent is in a front horse stance you must tap the back on a 90 degree angle , so if their front foot is right then your arm tap is a left. You must also have a straight line to their not moving dot.
5.    Moving backward against wall

Stand about 2 inches from the wall your arms are in front of you elbows bent down hands point forward

  1. Move your back (lower shoulder blade area) back against the wall. Do this a few times
  2. Now once your back hits cause your fingers to go out, before moving forward arms are locked, if someone in front of you fingers extend to upper chest just below thyroid


6 stretching hands and fingers through to Achilles heel

Structural restrictions

–        Left foot forward straight leg from foot to knee. Arms in front of you elbows down, wrist and hands forward. Back right leg bent and you are on the ball of the foot. Back is straight


–        Stretch from wrist to fingers down chest from inside of back hip through to Achilles heel. All stretches are at same time. Notice you separate at waist if done right

With opponent

Use opponent’s bent arm to align hands the separation at the bottom of you causes them to react. If nothing happens lower shoulders without moving

Related drills

  1. Walk doing above by stepping front, drop hip half step up     and release
  2. Use opponent in front of you


7 stretching around opponent

Both you and opponent hold biceps now drop back hip and fill it

Twist front hip toward them as your arm rotate the other direction around them

Or from twist simply cut them by moving elbow in opposite direction as hip



8 stretching around opponent using one hand

  1. Step in behind opponent front leg
  2. Catch opponent with front elbow, elbow to hand is raised
  3. Extend arm straight the way it is pointed
  4. Rotate shoulder back at fingers back around your back


9 rotate  the shoulder

Drill 1A  twisting towel

Start in stance use the heel , knee going back and hip coming forward to move arm. When meeting resistance roll shoulder around from blade which causes you to go under


Drill 1 B  locked arm

Opponent pushes your forearm and elbow to lock it against your body. Roll your shoulder  to get under them

About Mark Hanley

I have done Aikido, Karate and Wig Chun. I have practised tai chi for 7 years and have now started the practical method with Kelvin Ho as my instructor

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