In this short video, Master Chen teaches key concepts and principles that are necessary in push hands and in the development of our taiji skills. After watching the video you will gain and understanding of what it means to “match” an opponent’s power. Additionally, you will have a clear understanding of how “adding” beyond the contact point requires
Early on in the video Master Chen defines and demonstrates the differences between “Dynamic Power” (DP) and “Static Power” (SP). DP utilizes movement that we are all born with. By watching this, I discovered that when we use DP, this is what Master Chen has often referred to as “fighting”. Yes, I have heard many times from Master Chen “John, STOP FIGHTING!”
We are not born with Static Power. It is something we need to learn and train. Master Chen demonstrates SP at 4:02, when he has a student push him on the stomach. The point where the student’s force/power touches Master Chen is referred to as the “contact point”. Master Chen then connects the contact point to his rear foot. Power between the rear foot and the contact point uses compression to match the oncoming force. Several times Master Chen indicates it is important that what is used to match the force does not move…it is static.
Once the opponent’s power is matched, it is considered “neutralized”. The next step is to add something past the contact point without moving the areas of your body that is involved with the matching. Going beyond the contact point requires yin yang separation. Master Chen repeatedly demonstrated the matching and adding utilizing yin yang separation. At 6:11 Master Chen demonstrates matching and adding. He further demonstrated having multiple additions, which are all separate from one another, and with knowledge from the “Dimensions: 5 Points” online class, all in different dimensions.
In the end of the video. Master Chen shows a matching exercise that can be used with the assistance of a training partner. During this time of social distancing, a son, daughter, husband or wife will be sufficient. Remember there is great potential in static power…therefore “Don’t Move”, match and add!
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