I am sure many have read about the use of a sphere in Tai Chi Chuan but how do you really use it?
I have seen some try to use an actual ball made of stone or wood to train power but I don’t really see anything fantastic about this since it is basically a method based on training coordination and strength. For the secret Yang family small frame Tai Chi Chuan method a large mental sphere is used. You can see the depiction of the large mental sphere from my grandmaster Wei Shuren’s book.
This is what I would term as a true internal method because the sphere only exists in your mind. However, through the careful training of intention you can actualize the force path to enable it to be used in the actual world.
Many have claimed their Tai Chi Chuan or whatever styles to be internal but they are still largely relying on external body mechanics to generate the power. Some also bandy the word intention about but try asking them to elucidate further and they have a problem defining what intention is exactly, how to train it and how to use it.
You still won’t be able to leap a tall building with a single bound or become the next UFC heavyweight champion after learning this method but you can spice up your push hands once you can use it.