Not Tuck In the Bottom, Loosen the Hip Joint

The bottom does not get tucked in or under in training the form. Doing so weakens the lower body and the energy of the dantian. When the bottom tucks in the dantian is less able to drop.

When relaxed more energy is able to reach the dantian. The dantian stays level as if it were a bowl filled with water. The dantian fills with energy, when level the energy does not spill out.

Let the back follow its natural curve, do not go against the natural body.

Fold the kwa (hip joint) letting the dantian drop down or roll down and relax. Feel the fold of the kwa let the dantian drop or pull down, not up.

Even though the knees are open there is also the feeling of the knees closing in. The knees are held as if they are holding a ball or holding onto a horse. They remain open, and closed.

The body feels like it is sitting on a chair. The head goes up, the joints open. There is flexibility. The bottom is not tucked in and the hip joint is loose. It is ok for the bottom to go out a little, but not so that the body leans forward. Settle the movements, then drop the bottom. This will put less pressure on the knee and make for smoother flow of movements.

When the hip joint is loose the bottom and top parts of the body are able to remain flexible.

Ding Bu-Push Hands

Ding Bu is a fixed push hands. Once the position with the partner is taken the feet do not move. In this fixed step push hands the four major energies of peng, lu, ji, an are practiced in sequence. The hand does not face oneself. Focus and face the opponent, with feet placed diagonally. At all times cover self, leave no openings. One touch and you will understand the other person. One touch will tell looseness, tightness, tension, closed and open joints. Cover the elbow, and block the hand. Joints are loose. In turning there is no collapse. Keep the face protected. The circles are smooth and everywhere is like a bow, at every point it is possible to turn away.

With ji the pressure or energy is going to the other person. With an the pressure is going down. With ji the energy goes from the back to the shoulder to the arm. Ji is the response to the opponents lu.

No strength is used.

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.