Centers pt 2 – “Stand like a Balance” .
The following example shows me explaining how one would adjust their centers and tune in their posture. The line from the classics “stand like a balance, turn like a wheel” is one of the most important lines in the Taijiquan classic. When you balance out your body, you can actually start to measure your partners force. Until you can feel the potential energies that you generate in your posture by being out of center, you will not be able to hear your opponents energy very well. As you start to feel the subtlety between failure and success , you start to listen even more closely. Your awareness is being trained as well as your understanding of structure and defect. Centuries ago when someone was being challenged to a duel they may have never met their challenger in their life . They definitely did not have a team to analyze slow-motion footage and make up a plan of action. When you finally start to understand structure and defect then even a glance at a challenger will give you a quantity of information very quickly that will help you to achieve your goal of winning. It does not matter much if the person is in motion or in a still photograph . Pieces of information can be collected and analyzed very rapidly. This skill was very useful prior to the invention of videotape. It is still extremely useful because the more sensitive you are to your own body, The more sensitive you will be to your energy and that of your opponent. I gave a couple of simple examples however this concept could be applied to every posture and transition in the form/gong training. The basic idea is to not suggest lines of attack by offering defects to your opponent. When the positive and negative elements of your musculature are out of balance, then there is a sum of potential energy. Once you put your energy into a person who’s Posture is out of center, the posture will start to crumble where the holes and defects are located. All of the detail involved in this training serves to increase ones listening and understanding skills. Once you locate and get a sense of approaching zero then you can work on refining that until the quality of your tissue transforms. One cannot achieve ” Bu Dui , Bu Ding ” when they are out of center because every time they are touched it starts a little storm in their body and they are forced to either resist or separate .