Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

Buffalo Strength

Spent bit of time seemingly trying to bulldoze each other during this evening’s training session.

That’s what it looked like to an onlooker. However, the whole exercise was a workout for the waist and legs to develop a type of kneady resistance; the type some might consider to be buffalo strength.

But it was really an exercise to train the waist and the legs to control the partner’s effort to apply his technique and power. By using our waist and legs in a pliant manner we can control him and continually frustrate his effort to generate power.

As an aside I used this exercise to explain how a famous master can withstand the pushing power of a sumo wrestler. I asked him to relook again the video and observe the key points that we used in our exercise. Its there in the video of this master. What some may call as a good display of internal power, I say its a skillful application of physics in motion.

By the end of the night, my student had worked his waist and legs hard and can expect to feel sore tomorrow, anyway, until he learns to relax sufficiently.


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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