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OK, you owe me $10,000 for the secret. This was after my student received a teaching that was previously unknown to him. Hence, unknown = secret.
Actually, it was not unknown, just that he wasn’t paying enough attention to what I was showing him over a long time so I had to explain it. I would rather let the principle seep into his movements overtime so that his mastery would be organic rather than forced.
But sometimes, the movements in Tai Chi Chuan are too minute to notice so I had no choice but to define what it is exactly. The downside to doing this is that one can end up with too many things to have to pay attention to and practice. The art of Tai Chi Chuan is actually simple – do the core principles correct and the rest will take care of itself. However, if you fail to get it then a lot of things will seem to be secret.
This secret, I’ll call it secret for the purpose of this post, is something that we do in our 13-movement form. But because the form is practiced without the presence of an opponent the student will have a hard time seeing the principle. This is why Tai Chi Chuan is an art for the grey cells. When you practice using intention for a long period of time they will awaken you to realize what they are and how they can be used in many, many ways.
As I demonstrated to my student this secret is interesting because when he tried to defend his front door by positing his hand in the center he found it going off and he could not resist his hand being swept aside. I did it a few times more and he still couldn’t hold on to his center. I told him that this is a useful principle to use against people who love to put their hand on to guard the centerline.
When measured out in terms of positioning vis-a-vis the opponent this principle validates the movement of Cross Hands as a technique with not obvious application possibilities.
When we start playing the Tai Chi 13-movement form we commence with Beginning Posture. When we end the form we close off with Cross Hands / Closing Posture.
Most students by the time they reach the end they would be mentally tired and go through the part with lesser attention, probably thinking that its no big deal.
But for those of us who know, how well you understand the form can be observed by the play you do the movements, the details and attention put into it and more important, by whether you realize the connection between Closing Posture and Beginning Posture.
This is kinda like you go out the house through the front door and you return home through the same door. And no, I am not talking about starting the form in the same position and returning to the same spot at the end of the form.
Think about it and see if you can figure it out. This is not a theoretical consideration but a principle which can be used in push hands, in fact, its something I use 99% of the time in push hands.
Welcome to the new blog for Singapore Combat Tai Chi Chuan. I have decided to close down the previous blog at singaporetaijiquan.wordpress.com as I feel that readers are better served with a blog that just talks about Tai Chi. So if you want to read my writings on Wing Chun please visit the new blog on Wing Chun here.