The meaning of “when moving upward you must consider down, when moving forward you must consider back”


The meaning of “when moving upward you must consider down, when moving forward you must consider back”
The Taijiquan Classics are useful in guiding your training. The following example shows me explaining the famous quotation “when moving upward you must consider down, when moving forward you must consider back”. When moving in the art of Taijiquan , it is critical that we move and balance our Yin and Yang energy expressions. On the physical level this requires mechanically counterbalancing our active movements away from center or towards center. When I move my hands forward of my side center or the side seam in my pants, then this causes my weight to fall forward. This will cause me to tighten up my feet, my legs and my back to prevent myself from falling forward if I am not conscious of balance. Instead I allow my lower back to move away from center in harmony with the forward movement of my hands. This is the very definition of Taijiquan ; when Yin and Yang are in balance. Power is present when they are in balance. When I move my hands upward I must sink “something inside” in harmony with the raising of my hands. When they are in balance it is as if they are in stillness. When someone attempts to apply force against this balance they end up pushing themselves off of your structure. It is very important to study and be mindful of these counter balances and to cultivate them in your natural movement. The more accurate the balance p, the more power. The result is that every little transition of the body can have a Yin and Yang mechanism to empower it allowing the practitioner to move freely from center to center to center.

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