We continued the topic about the triangle in today’s class. To apply the triangle during push hand or Yilu we need to realize the following keys:

  1. How many triangles are needed
    • The more the better as long as it can contribute the indirect force to the final result.
    • My understanding is we need at least two: the first one is formed in upper body. It involves contact points. The triangle can be two hands + one shoulder or one hand + elbow + shoulder or one hand + two shoulders; the second one is formed in lower body. It can be one foot + kua + shoulder or two feet + kua. This perfectly explains the theory of rooted in the feet, initiated from the legs, controlled by the waist, ended in the fingers”(其根在脚,发于腿,主宰于腰,形于手指).
  2. Apply one triangle on top of another
    • Keep this in mind: fix one and then apply next. This is required by the rule of “Don’t move”.
  3. Build a solid structure
    • A solid structure will be like a rod or chair. Opponent’s power will be directed to ground and bounced back to them easily.
    • The solid structure will also support forming triangles.
    • We always look for opponent’s weak point in their structure, so we can apply our triangles accordingly.

Another exciting two hours today in Richmond Hill class. Two notes to share with audients:

1. Amazing trianglePM - Triangle

  • Actually using triangle to apply indirect power is not a new topic, but today our practice really impressed me. I started to understand how important it is and how to apply it to all forms.
  • How to form a triangle: hold two hands together as point A and two elbows are the other two points (point B and point C). Partner tries to hold the two elbows tightly using his two hands.
  • Practice one: push two elbows out against partner’s two hands. It is very hard. Read more

I have two notes about today’s exercise:

  1. I have new understanding about the three foundations. The following sample assumes right hand is front hand.
    • All of them are in different forms, but the requirements are same in terms of how to apply rules and principles.
    • The final result is also same: front arm and hand are squeezed and drilling out.
    • Common rules to remember:
      • Lock both knees
      • Lock hand, shoulder and kua on the back side
      • Head up to keep body up straight
      • Do not twist wrist
      • Ensure the whole body acts as one entity , and every part is connected and supporting each other. This is so called 整劲.
    • Apply two major triangles:
      • Triangle one: left hand, right hand and front kua. Bring front kua into the line connecting two hands.
      • Triangle two: left hand, right hand and front shoulder. Two actions are involved in order to bring front shoulder into the line connecting two hands: a) Sink the shoulder; b)bring front elbow towards body center line(vertical). This action will typically leads to drilling effect (顺缠).
  2. Yilu correction by Kelvin Ho
  • Turning during “Turn to double lotus” and “Turn left to pound mortar”
    • Form a rod from shoulder to kua to heel on the turning side
    • Turn front foot
    • Turn front kua. This can be easily forgotten
    • Head up to keep body up straight
  • Dragon on the ground
    • First step: move weight to left, keep body up straight (I was leaning toward) when close two arms
    • Second step: apply fetch water to open arms

In today’s class Kelvin Ho has provided feedback. The following are what I remembered:

  1. Detailed steps for turning body during “Buddha’s warrior attendant pounds the mortar”:
    • before turn the body to left, fix every part of the body
    • Stretch head upward
    • turn left foot to left 45 degree, align left knee with left foot
    • form a rod on left side of the body: maintain the left leg position by pushing knee backward and pushing kua forward. This will ensure the rod is very stable
    • move weight to, and keep weight on left heel
    • bring right elbow to front right
    • bring right foot to front. The body is turned around the rod formed. This is why forming the rod strong and stable is very important. This rod appears in many other Yilu forms.
    • complete rest of the form
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1. Yilu tips on “Lower Cloud Hands”

Lower Cloud Hands on first 4 movements:

a. the left hand movement should be clear and accurate – either positive circle or negative circle;

b. ensure the movement is complete without short cut.

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