Ni Chan-Sun Chan

Shun Chan is a term used to represent natural twining when that twining moves inward towards the center of the body. For the right hand the whole-body spiraling is a clockwise rotation and for left hand leading the direction is counter-clockwise. In either case the little finger leads the direction of the rotation. The feeling is one of scooping, as if scooping water, gently.

Ni Chan is a reverse twining or spiraling with the rotation going outward. For the right hand the rotation is counter-clockwise. For the left hand the ni chan is in a clockwise direction. In either case the thumb is leading and the leading is moving away from the center of the body.

Ni Chan and Sun Chan can be practiced as a “reeling-silk” exercise using the wrists alone with a focus simply on the turning of the hands. Little finger leading sun chan toward the body; thumb leading ni chan away from the body.

With practice the ni chan and sun chan can be felt in the practice of the forms.

Back Peng, Front Peng, Left Side Peng, Right Side Peng

The back remains peng to protect the back. The front peng protects the front. Back and front peng occur together. Arms push out connecteding the chest with peng.

Peng on the outside equals connections on the inside. Connection creates full energy.

When the left side has peng it is easier for the right side to have peng. When one side does not have peng it is easier for the other to not have peng.

When the left arm is peng it extends and connects the joints so that there is no blockage in the elbow or the hand.  When there is no blockage in the joints then contact takes place with the dantien with looseness, connection and peng.

Even peng is 360 degrees.

 Peng with extension, stretch, roundness. (March 2018)

Peng with extension, stretch, roundness. (March 2018)

The Body Moves from the Center

The body moves from the vertical core or ding with center winding. At the end of a form the body settles back into place. In the winding the full body is connected with the winding center that moves through the waist and then to the outside of the body.

The left (or right) arm does not pass the left (or right) side, and moves only because the center moves in a winding manner. When the body turns the arms move, but not too far. The arms stay aligned with the center of the body in the front of the chest. Moving from left side to right occurs only because of waist turning.

When the body moves from the center the elbows are connected and move together, likewise hand with hand and hip with hip.

When moving stay smooth. The body moves horizontally level with the shoulders in line with the head and with the hips.

Each form is executed as one smooth move without stops and with an even flow with twisting and turning.

Throw Your Hard Strength Away

When starting the form the hands lift gently from the body as the body sinks down. The bottom sinks down and the arms stay loose and relaxed. Arms relax and start to move from the shoulder, only because the center is turning. All joints are loose. Keeping the joints open makes the body more flexible and not stuck. Energy passes through the shoulder to the elbow to the hand with the wrist leading with palm face down gentle, yet heavy as if it were in the water. The hand has a natural shape from loose fingers. The chest and back open slightly.

Throw the hard strength away. Soft, heavy, solid energy comes from looseness that builds internal energy. Put the mind into the body to feel each movement and the energy moving. With arms to the side one can extend the energy.

A person's kung fu (practice or work) is known by the longer arms from the shoulder to the arm with dropped elbow, wrist and then hand with movements like being in water.

Sit down as if on a chair. Relax and drop the hips. Hands and feet are in a straight line.

Ding Xi: At End of Each Posture--Like Beer in a Glass in Ireland

At the end of each posture the body energy sinks. Check for 'ding xi' at the end of each posture with this sinking energy. Ding xi is fixed, stable standing as one stays upright yet not still. The chi settles in the body. The mind settles.  In 'ding xi' the organs stay in the right place. The body is upright and is not winding or pulling. Sink the energy to the dantien. Settle down like a glass of beer in Ireland.

 Drop the hips, fold the qua, sink the chi, hips stay level, feel the energy return to dantien. (March 2018)

Drop the hips, fold the qua, sink the chi, hips stay level, feel the energy return to dantien. (March 2018)

Clear the Mind, Watch the Body

Let the thoughts disappear as the mind focuses on the form, on the body movements. Feel the softness, connections, grounded sinking. Feel the looseness in the joints, the breath flowing from ming men through the body returning to the dantien. Sense any stiffness, hardness, or tightness and let the body release these tensions. Keep bringing the mind back to the body in motion and the body in stillness.