Force neutralization – ” a small move is better than a big move…”


Force neutralization – ” a small move is better than a big move…”
Yiquan founder Wang Xiang Zhai can be quoted in saying “a small move is better than a big move, no movement is better than a small movement” . This statement can be very perplexing when one thinks in traditional methodology. Momentum equals mass times velocity. This suggests that as one’s mass increases so does one’s momentum. A heavy object is harder to decelerate than a light object. This same formula also suggests that the higher the velocity, the higher the momentum. This suggests that if velocity is controlled then momentum may also be controlled. When I shift back in the traditional rollback model, I create momentum. If I instead rotate on my axis in stillness, then I do not allow my partner to accelerate before he hits the wall. “The wall ” is simply the earth itself. When my posture is correct and the quality of the tissue is soft , my partners forces will automatically press my feet into the ground stabilizing me and building JIN. When he touches me he actually feels the solidness of the earth through my tissue. His muscles begin to tense in an attempt to overcome my inertial mass and these tense muscles make a perfect bridge for me to enter into his posture. The concept of no movement can only be achieved when one’s posture has reached a certain degree of refinement. Cheng Man Ching tells a story of walking with Yang Cheng Fu when someone bumped into Mr. Yang and was knocked backwards falling over without master Yang even acknowledging the occurrence. When circumstances are correct there is no need for adjustment. This is one of the goals of refinement. This is an example of using stillness to overcome movement.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *