“The movements of the body are in the Dantian and nothing leaves the dantian. Only power gets out of the Dantian.”
The quote above from Master Chen Zhonghua and his assigning me to write on the dantian sent me on a journey of understanding…and to be forthright, I got stuck. I over thought things and I had difficulties “getting the ball rolling” or rather the dantian article. So being an educated person, I did what students do, and gathered up my information from the online lecture and from past videos from Master Chen Zhonghua.
One cannot simply understand the Dantian without examining it’s relationship with the kuas…in fact without the kuas there is no dantian. When the kuas are open, stretched together they form a cradle and the Dantian is released. Please look at the picture of the fountain below. The round ball represents the dantian and the cradle or pedestal it is resting on are the open kuas.
What does the Dantian do? Well it sits in the cradle to put it simply. “The real intention, is no intention”, it is built into the structure. Therefore, if you push a ball that sits in a cradle it turns. It can be pushed in any direction and it will rotate following the path it is on like a ball rolling down a hill. If the dantian is “absolutely locked, the action of the feet will cause the dantian to spin”. When something spins it creates centrifugal force. Centrifugal force is the apparent outward force on a mass when it is rotated. For example, a spinning wheel. When the wheel spins, force radiates down the spokes and outward. If a string was attached to the tire, it would straighten out during the rotation. We can call this force power…”only power leaves the dantian”.
When I started writing this I made it more complicated than what it was. I had to “understand the biomechanical processes”. It turned out to be simple, which leaves me with a Chinese saying, “大道至简“ da dao zhi jian. It roughly means the overarchingis the simpliest. To me a cradle with a ball in it exemplifies yin and yang, our guiding principle.