Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

The Real Internal Skill? 4

Move forward, turn, move forward, turn, ……….

A week later my student said that the adaptation of this movement from the 1st section of the 108 is incredibly difficult to do even though it looks fairly simple. More so since he has practiced this movement as part of the 13 movements form for a few years. The part that gets him is where he has to minimize the outer movements.

The reason why we minimized outer movements is to enable us to optimize our use of the principles. I showed him a simple example – kicking.

Since he has learned Karate before he can understand this better. I wanted him to see the point that with his present use of biomechanics he cannot bring his leg up as fast as he could to kick nor kick with penetrating force with lesser effort. He tried to kick faster and faster but can’t seem to kick any faster.

If you cannot kick fast when you need to then the opportunity to kick the opponent will be gone quickly especially when his door will be open for only a quick instant. And when you managed to land the kick the power must be there otherwise you might as well not kick him because when the opponent sees you missing it will emboldened him.

Move forward, turn, move forward, turn……. its so deceivingly simple to do. This is what kung fu is about; the work that goes into making a skill look simple when its really not so straightforward otherwise there will be a lot of masters running about.





Author: ZenMindSword

Mushin is a practitioner, researcher and trainer for Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. He is also author of The Ip Man Koans, The Ip Man Questions and TaijiKinesis series of eBooks, as well as co-author of Complete Wing Chun.

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