In the previous section I covered The 4 Essential Taijiquan Techniques, which included, Lu, Ji & An. I left that lesson on here for review and quick reference. In this finial section, part 3, I will cover The 4 Corner/Auxiliary Techniques, which include Cai, Lie, Zhou & Kao. It is located after section 2. Subsequent information from Master Chen’s writing will also be included in the descriptions. For those that are interested, I will moderate a Zoom discussion about all 3 sections this coming Sunday July 5th at 8 am CST. If you want to attend and can’t, please message me and we can set up a private Zoom session.
Section 2 Lesson: The 4 Essential Taijiquan Techniques (section 3 proceeds this)
In the video Master Chen describes peng as expanding, no bending, no stopping, consistent , even and as one piece. Every move must havein it. It is the initial contact with the opponent. It is to touch with inflated energy, thus absorbing the energy of the opponent and neutralizing the incoming attack. It means being “full” making your body strong. It is adding the opposite direction of your opponent’s push.
In the GIF below, you can see the “fullness”
In the GIF below, Master Chen is full, and adds one
Lu is used to deflect and control an approaching opponent by following the incoming impact from an opponent. One must follow the opponent without deviation. The the opponent’s move is complete, you add one the same direction and one the same trajectory. You must match or mirror with him/her that will give that feeling of emptiness.
Master Chen demonstrates being full and adding the same direction as the opponent and on the same line on the GIF below
Another example of Lu that adheres to the same principles as previously described
Below Master Chen Shifting between Peng And Lu
Is to “press” or “squeeze” without applying power ye, to take out space! It is subtle and difficult for the opponent to detect until it is to late! Master Chen made a sttatement in the video that out of all 8 of the techniques, this is the one to train the most.
Watch Master Chen take out the empty spaces
Again Master Chen goes to where he is not
All the space is taken out…just totally engulfed
In this GIF Master Chen see’s the empty spaces and moves in without needing a contact point
To press or push. It is a sudden release of energy…attach & release. Like a hammer tapping a nail. Separation is crucial! The body does not move with when the tap occurs. In the 2 GIFs below observe the sudden release without the other body parts being drawn into it.
Section #3 Lesson: The 4 Corner/Auxiliary Techniques
“Pluck,” or “pull down.” This is a pulling or yanking technique that uses the body weight and connection. This method adheres to the principle of Opening. It is upward or downward, “anything to pull up the root”.
See GIFS below
To cause a split or break. This is a movement that can be viewed as an extension to Cai. First, it is a larger movement than Cai. Secondly, it changes direction after completing the Cai portion of this movement. This method adheres to the principle of Opening and Splitting.
In the GIF below Master Chen demonstrates a move that 1st is cai and turns it into lie.
Below are GIFS of lie.
This means to twist. The GIFS below make it very clear.
This is a method of striking with the shoulder and the whole body. A typical application is the move of “to Walk Like a Wall” in the second set of the Chen Style Taijiquan. This move adheres to the principle of Opening and Splitting. It is (full) with the back foot. It most commonly uses the shoulder, back of the shoulder and hip during applications or in fighting.
Please see GIFS
1. Beginning. 2. Basic Energies in Taiji Applications. 3. 8 Techniques in Taijiquan. 4. Some Applications.
Presenter: Chen Zhonghua Length: 53 min. In: English Year: 2011 Difficulty:3/5 At:Daqingshan International Taiji Training Center