Secrets of the classics- Secret doors in hidden plain sight.


Secrets of the classics- Secret doors in hidden plain sight.

The following example has me referencing the X ingyi Boxing Manual by Jin Yunting. This is a well organized book regarding the five elements and seven words. The following lines are from “discussion on the rising and falling of splitting fist” . The first line from this classic reads “the two hands issue from the mouth, drilling up and out at the level of the brow” . This quote perplexed me when I first read it since the fist does not actually exit the mouth. There is, however, a structural window in relation to your opponent. When thrusting the fist from upward to forward , it is necessary to pass through an imaginary door starting at the mouth and going no higher than the eyebrow . This will force the opponent to overturn their limb if they try to control your arm. If you try to advance forward below the level of your mouth or above the level of your brow, you will be easily stopped. Understanding this principle allows me to move with purpose and intensity towards my opponent. I show another example of a window to the throat from the Small Frame Taijiquan. These are both examples of “knowing yourself to know others so that in 10,000 battles you will be victorious. ” These little details are only secrets if you don’t understand what they mean…

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