Zoom class review, Sept. 24/20

by Doug Gauld on 2020/09/28


…focused on Yilu corrections and body mechanics…make sure you view the video of this class…

  • body and energy must be separate, Dantien must be centered on an imaginary hub, spokes (arms, legs, etc.) radiate out from the hub where energy is concentrated/stored/created
  • outside of body stretches, intention focus brings energy to the hub
  • centrifugal force (Centrifugal force is the apparent outward force on a mass when it is rotated, such as a ball on the end of a string that is being twirled around)
  • it is like the chrysanthemum flower bud, must bloom fully for max beauty; PM moves must open like this
  • beauty reaches full potential with expansion, like a flower opening fully
  • must be neither overextension nor deficiency to fully express taijiquan
  • GM Hong used to speak about ‘Mei Lan Fang’ the Pavorotti of Peking Opera and ‘Wang Xiaolou’ of the Peking Opera style of martial arts
  • GM Hong said the voice of the first and the movements of the 2nd were ‘perfect’; like the opening of a chrysanthemum flower bud
  • good PM must have both qualities of ‘mu’ & ‘gang’; ‘mu’ is the soldier, ‘gang’ is the general
  • must add ‘gang’ as in the centralized rigidity of the body, to be able to fight using PM
  • as the characters in Peking Opera demonstrate must develop a fierce focus of the eyes, a necessary quality for combat
  • the intention of the mind must be lead by the eyes, which must be very strong
  • in reference to the use of the hand in PM, students must develop the ability to become ‘rear-ended’ and use the rear of the body
  • must change the body from a portrait perspective to a landscape; the body should begin to feel like it spreads out from the centralized point
  • the reset that must happen after each full chrysanthemum Peng-full expression of a move becomes a lull in the Peng state of the body, this is a natural and desirable part of transitioning between moves
  • many styles of taijiquan have become incorrectly focused on the reset move as if it was Peng, and practice as if the reset of the body was the martial key element of practice, leaving many styles without the ability to fight successfully

…learning to live a breath at a time….

About Doug Gauld

took one two day workshop with Master Chen years ago in Victoria...studied with Gord Muir in Victoria for about 5 yrs, during that time was coping with spinal arthritis (ankylosing spondylitis)...have moved back to Edmonton to be closer to family...trying to learn more about art...it has helped with my arthritis and perhaps if I learn it more completely and make my practice better my health will improve more than it has already...

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