Hsing I Chuan- Some little details


Hsing I Chuan- Some little details
The following example has me using Aaron to demonstrate some little details from the art of Hsing I Chuan . The first one has me talking about seating the wrists in the embracing the belly position. I have seen many different variations of this online and they are likely to have their own important features. I merely seek to enlighten some of my own students regarding what it is that I am sharing. The first example has to do with seating the wrists. We Posture test every action in the earlier stages of training. It may not be likely that my fist will be against my body like this and someone will come up and hold it. The test is merely to show the difference in power that exists when one performs an action as taught. Seating the wrists allows me to escape from control and to help me enter in or cut the angle to his spine. Seating the wrists also helps one when performing a pulling action or a clearing action. The seating of the wrist will help me to pull my opponent onto their toes . It will also allow me to coil from their grip in an arc into position with no strength necessary. The “Y ” footing that is characteristic of this art is often misunderstood. The footing should be heal to heal as if one is standing on a line. Often times people will square their torso with their opponent, which creates a gap between the feet. This gap completely destroys you’re pushing and pulling forces and disperses your energy. The feeling is not unlike Pole vaulting badly in that you were lifted up and out of your posture by your front leg and thrown to the side. It is also important to understand that when one squares their torso in this particular art you create a tight angle on the Lung Meridian which starts in the shoulder nest and runs down the arm on the inside to the nail bed of the thumb. When the torso is squared with one’s opponent , then the shoulder joint will be closed and disruptive to the chi flow in the Lung Meridian. The result of this is that the posture does not hold together when posture tested from the side. These are just a couple of little details that students will often wonder about when they see another practitioner doing something differently. I was always told by my teacher not to believe him but to test it for myself. In the process of doing that I learned the ramifications of these defects and also began to remove them. Posture testing is a very important aspect of understanding the value of a good posture( Castle) as well as how to enter in to that posture(Castle) .

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