Rise up, Drill, Fall, and Overturn in the Posture “Repulse the Monkey”from Yang Family Taijiquan.
The following example shows me using the posture "Repulse the Monkey " as an example to explore the concepts of Rise up, Drill, Fall and Overturn . These concepts are expressed in various ways in all of the internal styles of martial art. The rising and the drilling are active in nature. The body opens and expands rising and drilling the limbs upward and outward. The falling and overturning are often applied actively as well. This is an error according to my understanding. Activating the tendons and muscles and endeavoring to apply strength against strength simply causes me to pull myself out of center. Releasing my Yao/ lower spine , sinking and releasing the root, middle, and tip of the limbs and creates a soft whipping action. The energy from this action can also pull and manipulate the opponents posture via connection. Energy is released when my posture unstretches. When I step back sink and turn, my limbs will fall and overturn as a result of my waist turning with the step. The stepping , the turning and sinking all create changes of stretching and releasing that are actually very powerful when the body is soft enough to get out of the way and allow them to occur. Everytime something that was stretched is passively released it can stretch another part using that passive energy. This can only happen in a very song environment . This is why certain lineages put great emphasis on the concept of song .