(18 November 2017 – Saturday morning talk at studio/workshop)
I believe everyone attended yesterday’s talk, right? So, today we are going into more of the physical
through the mental. The important things is the approach, because it’s a learning process. The
learning process is only to recognize and realize, not to think. Thinking—out the door, go. We say that
to watch, observe—that means paying attention. The first thing we need to do is make sure the
attention must be there. The process first is Yi (the attention), then the energy (chi), then the power (li):
the yi chi li. If attention is not there, you cannot know–how can you know. Here is a problem a lot of
people have. If attention can’t be there, then when you try to act, you fall down into habit—not
recognizing. That is why the training is by linking—like joining—by stretching. By stretching from one
point to another, this is called unification.
We talk about first unify yourself: mentally, physically. Then, there’s unification on movement. Then
unification on point of contact. First, there’s hardware unification. Second, is because moving, there’s a coordination of movement. Then, you need to have Point of Contact unification: you have joined.
In action, we talk about 5 Mechanisms of Movement: first, you must be able to have Absorb and Project:
this means it’s from one point to another point: what goes up must goes down—must have this
connection. So, the connection is from here up and down, then big and small [gestures condense and
expand]. Every point must return, it’s a cycle. It’s a cycle, not a reverse. Since it’s a cycle—that means it
must have a separation: Left Right, Up Down, Forward Back—so you travel from this side and you come
to down this side: go out from yang and come back on yin.
Bone, joints is where the ligaments and tendons is. The ligament and tendons have 2 groups of muscles:
yin and yang. That means it’s only 2 lines: yin line and yang line. The quality of the yin line has 2
Yin ling: Absorbing to dan tien (all yin to dan tien); then also condensing to the bone.
Yang line: Expanding out from ming men—that means it’s projecting from ming men going out
to the fingernail and toenail and coming back from finger tips to the dan tien—must be
separated by the bone.
That means the Yin cannot interfere with the Yang. The yang can’t interfere with the yin. It goes to
the bone and stops [demonstrates bringing left hand up to center line; claps precisely at this halfway
point, then other hand goes down]. Goes to here: stops, then the yang takes over. If it goes over,
that’s violating. This yin comes together and it wants to go over, but the yang helps support. In
training, in Chinese medicine or meridian point we call this Macrocosmic energy flow, the chi flow.
The energy that goes to the bone (that has Expand Condense)—this is called Bone Marrow Washing
All movement must have these two: Macrocosmic Energy and Bone Marrow Washing.
All movement also evolves from one point: the center point (dan tien is a center point;
ming-men is a center point). But the most important point is the feet: the feet with the
The mass falls on the dan tien: then on this builds the alignment. With this alignment, it means all action
on the point starts with Rotation. Rotation is what? The spinning force, the spiral energy—and it
creates open close. Open close, we have 3 dimension open close, but then normally we work only on 2-
dimension open close at first: vertical line, horizontal line. (See, this is close, but I’m opening but I’m not
open yet: until this is neutral. Closing, closing closing, neutral, closed [demonstrates on horizontal and
frontal planes]. Because open and close have different energy—because open you can project (you
don’t absorb): you project, project, project to close, then you close. Then, I absorb, absorb, absorb to
neutral then open. Because it’s the coordination from the further point to the furthest point: the
longer the leverage the greater the power. Ok? So, horizontal is the primary spin because the whole
world, the whole universe spins horizontally. And only in horizontal spin do you not leave the ground
[demonstrates as he grinds index finger into palm: ‘in horizontal you don’t leave the point’. [Sifu
demonstrates contrast: like a wheel hitting ground: how frontal and sagittal both leave the point]. So
you need to start with horizontal. [Sifu points to shoulder joint as root and explains: project from the
shoulder joint: from our C7: then rotate open close. See: All movement is from the rotation point.
Because when we do movement, we talk about the rotation: how rotation is a circle. The sun and the
earth…the earth is revolving but it’s also turning day and night [demonstrates with his 2 fists how both
rotates and circles.] Here is the very primary movement.
So from understanding Absorb Project, Condense Expand ming-men—from this you do Open Close, and
that is how you recognize the neutral line. Then, when you do Open Close, you recognize how you do
circles: because there are only 2 circles—you do rotation either clockwise or counter-clockwise: no other
movement. From this movement here you create Concave Convex—because this [does NSEW as
concave convex]: that means there’s yin yang to complete these circles. To complete these circles you
must complete the cross: That means you must go through the cross—the vertical line, the horizontal
line—and that means you go through 4 quarters, yang/yin. For example, you cannot say this is
complete [does it wrong with no connection between shoulder and wrist]. Yes, this is complete if only
doing the wrist [waggles only his wrist]. But if doing whole shoulder, you must have this [demonstrates
connection from shoulder, elbow, to wrist]
This is Section: shoulder (or elbow, or wrist). Everything must have yin yang touch.
Concave and convex also gives direction—like a fish moves [demonstrates shoulder to elbow moving in
relation to each other]: a tail goes like this. [wiggles elbow to wrist moving like a fish’s tail]. You must
understand how movement follows this line (shoulder joint). If you don’t follow this, then the Point of
Contact is already wrong! From here you must understand the 3 Planes: horizontal, frontal, sagittal. This
is 3 dimensional. This means everything must have a center with 3 dimension: that means it must
include 6 direction energy and 3 dimensions. These are the 5 Mechanisms you must understand.
Later on, this is unified self and unifying movement. When you say ‘unifying with opponent’, I’m 1
opponent is 2, but the Point of Contact is the 3: there’s one, two, three points. On Point of Contact, any
point of contact, there’s yin yang: a cross (you can also say 3 dimensions). Every point of contact has 3
dimensions. But one dimension starts with 3: yin neutral yang. The dividing line between yin yang is the
neutral line that DEFINES the position; that defines the yin and defines the yang, or you can say it’s
defining the OFFENSE and DEFENSE. When you play football, a field has half line: behind half line you
are defending; when you cross the half-line you are attacking. But you must be able to know where is
the half-line. A half line is also a Point, because a point gives direction, so if you take care of the line,
you understand what is offense and defense. That means we approach through the Zhong Xin Dao:
through the neutral line, through neutral point: so you can see everything in One point.
You don’t see from yin to see yang, or from yang to see yin… of course if you train yang, you also train
yin. But in your viewpoint of training you must approach from the Center. If you don’t approach from
the center, you cannot link the two: you will be seeing one side to THINK of the other side because
you can’t “see”—you can only guess. So, you won’t have a COMPLETE view. Can do only from
approaching from the separations and the unification—this separates the two and binds the two. So in
movement of course if you can’t separate you’re also in trouble. If you can’t join, you’re also in trouble.
If people attack me too much, I separate, then they can’t connect…but normally in our training, we
maintain connect first, maintain connect first to understand what is one point of defense. One point of
defense under 3 dimensions—in Tai Chi they talk about Peng energy, the defense one. This is not
action—it’s the energy, the energy of Peng, the energy of fullness. This fullness is 3 dimensional…behind
ALL movement. Right? It’s behind all the movement because the 3 dimensional energy behind all the
movement is neutral. That neutral helps you to change. That neutral helps to give you readiness and
alertness. So, because this fullness energy, or we call it oneness energy, has the Peng energy. In ALL
movement. That means, how can you understand this Fullness energy on point? This Peng energy on
point? As a neutral, it means what? That it has a center point, a highest point. Highest point is a
mountain. Or you can say the furthest point. The furthest point is like a ball: any point you touch is the
furthest point to the center because it’s a diameter line. That has the quality of that. The thing is that we
are straight, not a ball. So where is the reference that you say so you can create the furthest point?
That means it’s the CENTER LINE TO THE MASS, the Center line to the Point of Contact—and where the
Point of Contact creates a vector force, a triangle energy force…or sometime s we call it Peng energy or
the fulcrum point, or triangle energy, or a cone energy.
So, on the point here, you have a ball or like two balls that come together, they come together and
touch each other, that is the fullness point. Because they have 2 fullness, they touch each other. It also
has the 90 degree to touch at the center. So we say attack is 90°; but you must be able to receive 45° on
the POC. Attack 90°, receive 45°, is the straight with the curve energy. Every movement is straight and
curved; because of this (90° and 45°) it’s the circular energy: circular energy must have 90/45. So we talk
about 2 to 1; 1 to 2: Two to one means we have Absorb Project or Condense Expand (2 energies) that
form ONE COMPLETE fullness energy. Form this is 2 to form 1 at the Point of Contact. On the Point of
Contact, you must at minimum have 2 energies out: 1 to the bone structure (skeleton) and the other to
the Mass (your alignment). Skeleton and mass are two different things but they are related. Skeleton is
the back bone; if you don’t have skeleton, no movement; but skeleton is not the balance beam line, it’s
not the alignment. Alignment is from the mass and the gravity. The mass is the flesh and tissue including
the bone. Including the bone that has a center of mass. The center of Mass weighs on the center of
gravity and forms alignment—but you need the bone to coordinate with. Once you capture the mass
you control the object. But, on the point, if you can also get 6 direction energy, you can know…how to
create the point to create 6 directions…if you can do that, that means you are neutral. When you are
neutral that means you can change. With that neutral energy you must include readiness, alertness.
We can use Yin point of contact. Project is from the Yang to the yin; you don’t project from yin. Always
in this direction. Because we are following the nature of the body. The nature of the body is that Yin is
drawing all the time. If you start to reverse, the energy goes wrong: you lose the cycle, you lose the
balance. That doesn’t mean that Yang can’t expand, for Yang can expand. That’s why we say first it’s the
hardware then the software. Because the Yin has Yin Yang; the Yang has yin yang. [Demonstrates how
the two must maintain both energies: there’s yin energy drawing…to the maximum draw—if you go
more than this you lose the yin quality and violate the yang energy]. The yin energy must be always
there because it’s the yin energy. You can’t go against the yin nature; you can’t violate the yin or violate
the yang. But yin can do the action of yang a little bit…understand? The rule is that FOLLOW THE
NATURE. OBEY NATURE. Right? In the truth of nature there is no freedom. You can’t do what you like.
You’ve got to base on the nature itself, yes, that’s why we call it The Way. The way is not that you like it
(understand it). It’s not that I like it—so that’s my way; no, that is your habit. That is your feeling, a past
feeling (I like this, I don’t like this). That is not the true way—that is the Ego. Alright? The nature of
things has its characteristics you have to follow. We are part of nature. If we don’t follow, we go against.
If you go against, and you do it more, you are the one who suffers. That’s why the way things are in the
Tao is understanding the way things are. It has its rule. All the time we follow the law of nature—it’s
different from following the human law. In sport, in competition, this is human law—it’s not law of
nature. That’s why a lot of other martial arts don’t want to spend time in tournaments. Yes, you can
train—in lower levels you can go and train, but higher level…no. Any things that human make laws you
have to remember; once you ‘remember’ then it’s not the law of nature any more. Because you have to
remember, that means you’re already cut off; in the law of nature there’s no remembering, it’s
CONNECTING. You cannot remember. The Law of nature is CONNECTING THERE—it’s based on yin
yang: based on adaptability. You cannot go, “oh, can’t go’ or if you think “I cannot go’ that means you’re
thinking…you can’t go above. You aren’t with the law of nature. That means you fall on the
‘knowledge’—and you can’t go above to the Wisdom level. No chance—you can train 1 million years but
still no. The thing is so straight. In our Zen training in our system training because there’s Knowledge and
Wisdom—later knowledge and dumb: because you are crossing over here, but when you’re crossing
over here [to a new understanding] hanging over you don’t have enough clarity, or not enough to
penetrate (we call it) or to link—not enough. But I can hang over there, not to go back. In every training
we call this a process of ‘dumb-dumb’/like stupid: the process of dumb dumb—it’s tranquility, it’s
peaceful, it’s balanced.. but not the wisdom….
But you can hang over there and not fall back over there… you look very smart (because you go through
thinking: what you like, don’t like). But of course we DO fall back onto knowledge; then, at least we
know we are falling back on knowledge. You must know that you are judging; it’s not absolute truth;
you rae judging. It’s not that it’s absolute…. rather, if you can cross over here it’s called s
Q: how do you recognize the way of nature? Practically.
First, you have to hold onto something; have attention to hold onto something. Your mind and your
body has to hold onto something. How well can you hold? You cannot pay attention to hold onto the
First, hold onto balance first. Everything starts with balance. Can you maintain that? That means you are
always adjusting. By right, we are always unstable. We can’t be stable; we are always unstable but we
are always adjusting. Adjusting to be stable. Adjusting to be balanced—that means maintaining. That
means every moment, every second you are changing to maintaining. From changing here to maintain
you are observing the nature of change. It’s very hard to hold on over here, but it’s very hard because
you have your experience.
Because here it’s very hard to keep attention, to observe. That means if anything surrounding happens,
your mind goes off. The training is: can you see your mind go out? If you see it going out, can you bring it
back. This is called recognizing the process of seeing the process of what’s happening happen. If only
when you can go deep enough to see that separation and clarify, that’s when the KNOWING comes.
Alright? Practically, training is maintaining balance. It’s the first step. Not for power. For if you can’t
maintain not to be disrupted, then if you want to push me off you can’t, because I’m maintaining. If I
maintain sitting here, can you sit here? No, you can’t not. If you can’t disturb me, you have no place.
You’d have to push me off. If something disrupts me, then it’s easier for you then.
It’s about attention. There is no ultimate move. I don’t care what system you train. The ultimate move is
‘who can change better’. That is, who has the attention bigger. If my attention can link bigger, you have
Because before you do anything, I already know. If you don’t know and I know, how can you be faster
than me. It’s like your head pops up and I whack, up, whack. So, there’s no ultimate move: who can
change better. That’s all. OK? This is the most important thing. I don’t care what art you train—hsing I,
ba gua, tai chi, zhong xin dao, karate—what are you using? Your body. Your body…and it consists of
what? Bone, ligaments tendons, muscles, the skin. And then we talk about the 4 alchemies: BODY: the
bone ligaments tendon—the solid part: Earth; Water (the fluids); Fire (heat, aging), the Air (the chi you
breathe), and movement inside—so the heat because of moving and energy, there’s heat. There’s water
and there’s breathing they pressurize [sifu demonstrates by drawing in and condensing] the air, the
breath and all these 4 elements’ compressions… then of course if you understand these 4
alchemies…the 4 pressures equalize the body: from the feet to the hands and the hands to the feet:
and the pressurizations connect. It’s all about this: Understanding these 4 alchemies and the
relationship of the breath. And the body. That’s why actually, this is the [mindfulness of the] body. Then
the Feeling—the feeling of understanding you like, you don’t like…and the feel of Such. Then you
understand the Mind (what is attention, what is intention—the mind changes….). Then the Awareness:
the awareness is the quality of the Mind itself. And then the Nature of things. The Awareness:
everything is the same, because it is the quality of the mind. Bu the problem is that we don’t recognize
our awareness. So, anything you do you can do without recognizing awareness. …You see…sometimes,
when we drive home, we don’t know how we drive home: the awareness is just enough to take you
home., But now, the training you want to train back to understand awareness itself; it’s the main tool!
You see, now you are using awareness to train this, to train that…yes? You want to understand this, this,
this, this…but you don’t understand this. But you are using awareness to train this. The right way of
doing meditations, the right way of doing meditation—this is DYNAMIC meditations….we are training
this to look back into awareness. To really understand that is awareness: is the quality of the mind. Once
you understand this, that THIS is the tool, then you can use it in everything. We are using it in the
academy, using it for health, for martial or for daily life, in your work, in anything you touch. So, if you
understand this, this is called CULTIVATION YOURSELF: you, your mind—if you are training this, you are
training cultivation. It’s your mind you are looking into. It’s not that you are disciplining this, that….no,
you are only using that to REFLECT back to this. Only when you reflect back to this only then is that
called cultivation. Or else you only training something. This building, we have space here, yes?
That’s why in the school we talk about you learn this subject and that subject. Now, in the university,
like my professor Nancy here, we have a program in the college we talk about “Learning How to Learn.”
You learn this, you learn that. But you must teach how to learn. Then, your approach is more direct.
Let’s do some action:
Rocking: first of all, everything is looking for balance first, not power. Balance: that means what? you
need separations and unification. Two things. If you can’t see the clear of separating, then you can’t see
unification. Because one can’t unify. You need two to unify. Two needs three to separate the two and
combine the two; actually, it’s that simple—you need 1, 2, 3. First the body: it’s the bone that separates
the muscles. And the muscles have 2 groups: yin and yang. And our Body already have front (yin) and
back (yang) and up (yin) and down here yang. And left and right (action and separation). But to obey the
nature of things—is that when you relax, you feel the dan tien and ming men, the crown and the feet:
these 4 points. When you relax, feel the 2 groups of muscles. The yin muscles has 2 energies: a)
drawing to dan tien and b) absorbing to the bone. And the Yang muscles, when you relax, it a)
expands: from the ming-men and b) it expands from the bone. [demonstrates what NOT to do; what’s
wrong if one draws PAST the bone]. Draw to the bone only. Yang muscle is forward expand! When I do
the yin muscle the yang is still expanding. No doubt I’m going back, but my yang is still expanding: that’s
the balance of complementary of yin and yang. Later on, the crown to feet is the most important part
of this alignment. We maintain the crown that never change: you change with change to maintain not to
change. The crown is still suspending: I go down it still holds; I go up it still holds. Then, in the beginning,
the Feet on the floor: maintains the same pressure. In Chinese martial art, we talk about having light
feet: like a cat. So we are balancing our feet with the floor all the time. When we go up and down, the
feet arebalancing on a floor like a cat, we don’t change pressure. When you decrease or increase
pressure, it’s the use: of course then I go down (umph) or come up…but after use, go back to NEUTRAL
(in use it’s always either yin or yang) that’s why it’s wu ji to tai chi, tai chi to yin yang. But when you do
yin yang you must be able to hold on to yi nyang: the separation and also the unification.
First of all, understand the yi yang, understand first where to find the gravity force, the gravity point. Do
rocking. R=First when we rock, the gravity force is in front of the shin: above/opposite e the hollow. We
talk about 9 solid 1 hollow: the empty is where we suck to dan tien. Then, all the solid part to 9 ….from
big toe to side to heel–all the solid part sucks, from the ming-men that WRAPS [makes a grrr sound as
he wraps]—solid wrap. So, when you rock, you feel: when you rock off the center of the feet the body
muscle grabs: slowly comes up, slowly gets tight. As you rock back, the tension slowly relaxes. Then, it
tenses up again as you go forward. So from here normally when you maintain, we use spinning force,
(we use open close here); you go you come back using circular energy to rotate back. You go out, then
you return…Using circular energy we call that the SPINNING FORCE OF COORDINATION. If you can’t
spin that means somewhere is breaking, somewhere is broken. So, you spin to maintain. To maintain
this axis. Apart from here, first you understand the bone: Absorb Project the bone, all the joints—you
can stretch the joints and can condense the joint: Expand condense: the finger joint, wrist joint, elbow
joint, shoulder joint, hip, knee ankle and the skull also: stretch. When you stretch this joint, the bone
have condense and expand.
Just go up and down now, understanding the joint as you go down and come up. Feel the
alignment—how it falls on our perineum. So the pernium center of feet and center is one line. So when
you move, even when you step, you step ALONG the line. That is maintaining this balance line. When we
go up and down the COORDINATION OF THE BONE is a JOINT: if a hip moves, then other joints will be
thrown forward, the knee might fall forward or backward, then the perineum isn’t on the line: so energy
is wrong; tension gets stuck. So up and down, see the coordination….then, later on we must be able to
split: going down is on the front; coming up is from the back. Now, the problem here is that often when
go up and down back the front follows.
It’s what SUPPORTS WHAT? What leads, what supports. As a full circle, there’s no more beginning or
ending: it’s a cycle. It’s about the conditions at the point of contact and application that what supports
what. It’s about the engagement: the condition! What kind of conditions to engage, and then what is
supporting? The engagement is based on POC: whether its offense or defense, then the action will be
different but the energy is the same. Energy doesn’t change; movement changes. Like a water hose, a
garden hose: it goes out, it doesn’t reverse. Or like our blood: from arteries to vein, the blood flows. (If I
pull this way, forward to back)—the hardware is the same, but the movement is different.
If I shoot the hose to the front, the water still flows the same way. Integrally, the nature doesn’t change
but the movement changes. You must be able to understand that we are the nature, we are born as
such. We can only grab this way…the heart flow, the venal system flow, the blood system flow: it can’t
reverse. Time don’t reverse.
From here: if I go down the front and come back up…when you’re going down on the front, the feet on
the floor shouldn’t increase any pressure if you do it correctly with the balance. What is this upper body
muscle working: yin muscle: how should it work?—Condense and absorb to the dan tien. To the front of
the legs: yang muscle: where does it come from? Ming-men. So, you must expand to go down. So, when
you expand to go down, the feet are light (if you expand from the back, then the change follows and you
get stuck on your heel—the weight changes). Now, because everything changes, there’s one balance
point. You change to change not to change; that means I’m changing my feet and the pressure doesn’t
change: THIS is the PRESENT POINT: from HERE I know. From here I change! Just like this, the point
doesn’t change, our system calls this the fullness point, the peng energy point. The peng energy point
with the floor that you can change. The crown suspends and maintain the same energy is also the peng
energy point, the fullness point. From here you must understand the attention must be here (down
front of face) to relax and draw. Yin muscles: when you relax they should be what? –Below horizontal.
Every part of your body you can see, you can choose to cut into a cross. Water is what: dropping down.
Doing this [sifu is moving his two index fingers flowing together] you make a circle, the circle must have
what? A separation, a cross. Everything, the change is on the cross. On a cross, the line is the neural
line—it’s where it changes energy, where it changes Absorb to Project or Project to Absorb, Condense to
expand or Expand to Condense: all these changes the main goal is what? [someone in class answers
‘victory’—crowd laughs) Says sifu: Balance and maintaining the center. And energy toward the center.
Energy is always capturing the center: from there, to the center you go out; if you can’t hold the center,
you don’t have control. It’s from. center to center. Let’s do pull push. Let’s do this: closing… (don’t grab):
do close-closing. If I don’t close but start to grab, it’s no good. I must close in and close down (below
horiztonal). When I close it below horizontal, then I grab. If you can’t grab comfortably, that means you
aren’t closed yet. Later on, it means that at PoC there is one fullness point. This point of contact is like
two balls touching. Don’t go to grab and lose the fullness point; you must maintain the point and bring
it down, to grab. Because the point is 3 dimensional-it has a defense line. When we say you close close
and pull, that means pull to the dan tien; you drop to the dan tien but it’s not about power. That is
extreme-not balanced (going to back, etc.) Can check if there’s a return (not reverse), you can know
(dan tien mingmen—react to the point by understanding the point, because everything goes through
the point of contact). When you pull, you must pull from the point. First of all, at Point of Contact, you
must be able to KNOCK to get the point…. [demonstrates with Hsin how he can then fajin on the point,
at contact]. Then, because we are anytime ready, we can just fajin with any part of the body.
Knocking. You must be able to understand (and catch) the TIP of the force. If you can’t cath this, you
can’t redirection. You need form the tip of the force to link DOWN. Then only form here can you connect
First from the force of the bone—then only can you see. Every action starts from the pull: because the
joint here (shoulder) can’t run away; so when you pull, if there’s some slack or ‘relaxation’ in opponent,
you can take it away. [demonstrates common errors, what is wrong] . Then, at one touch, he connects
(links) from wrist down to feet. So, if too loose, connect opponent; can play like a puppet. If direction is
wrong, then all wrong. [demonstrates on Sisi: the point of contact: wrist to elbow to shoulder to neck,
then down to hip, ot=to the feet. See (Sifu asks) I’m on top of the feet now; but now I’ll go under the
feet. Demonstrates how he goes “form the bottom up” by connecting. See, I’m just trying to go through
the path; I’m not trying to ‘do’ anything. First try to get some sense of balancing first.
You guys should be very fortunate, because most of my high students are here: Alex, my Russian
representation, my son and my daughter. Hsin: I don’t think it’s ever happened that these people have
ever gathered all together in a foreign country. This is the first time in history. They all host their own
workshops. They are all the top students. They will be helping to touch and feel a little bit. Remember:
this is training to work with instructions, don’t challenge each other: there’s no point challenging each
other—you won’t benefit from that. We are trying to share our way. You have your way of course. I’m
sharing my thing. When you want to see my things, you need to drop your things to see with our view:
our way to see. It’s very hard to see with your view. Because the hardest part is that your view is
blocking my view. In the training process, you always have to be a student; even a master learning
something you have to go back to be a student in order to learn how to teach. Otherwise. I can’t be on
this side to see; I must be on this side in order to experience it!
If it’s too loose…can on touch link/connect and wave off. Alright now, because of the training, we do
open and close: the 2 circles, then we have 8 cycles (shows them). But this one circles has 3 dimensions:
do the pull and push: this is sagittal, this is frontal, this is horizontal. Once circle has 3—and this one
circle has the 5 Elements: Earth, Matter, Water, Wood, Fire and back to Earth. Five elements go
through different organs and Offense and Defense. But now when we do pull and push, do heavy a little
bit, to find the bone. Now in all action I must hold onto the bone in order to do (various) rotations. Grind
and see: can you maintain the bone same pressure. You must have 2 energies: up to here (shoulder)
and into me (center)—you can pull and push. Observe: why he cannot engage with the force. What’s
the most simple defense? (holds hands/palms to opponent to demonstrate defense line: you cannot go
through the point. Very simple. If you cannot go through the point, you can’t attack me. It’s just like
water; I keep on attacking here. So, learn to grind onto the bone first.
This is why we have Concave and Convex: see—this is different. Without convex, no fullness.
Demonstrates on South: what goes down, energy must come up. See how there’s yin yang on the pivot
point? Feel the pivot point AND the rolling to change: only then you can control. This is what is the Tai
Chi. From here (south) I can’t just drop, or you can come in). See, I’m holding, but at this angle: it still
goes to you (feel this point—demonstrates).
Guys, let’s grind because you must know the bone first or you guys won’t know the right energy.
Movement is from the BONE first. The bone is where the joint is; if you can’t understand the bone…
Because when I touch—one touch—I have the bone already.
If you want to attack me, you have to cross my Yang. If I take care of my half-line. I didn’t ‘control’ you, I
just protect myself. If I take care (one finger demonstration). This is physics, not a trick. Of course, if he
is strong, he can push through, but I can just move over. Only one finger—it’s the PRINCIPLES, not the
trick. You can do on me: just maintain this line. You can slice (up): don’t let him cross. This is the
principles: that I don’t let you cross. If you can’t cross, you can’t attack. But if I can’t keep you from
crossing, then you change better. See: there’s no space to attack (unless you can get me open); tai chi
is that if you’re on the yin contact, unless you can get the yang contact, you have no power. Touch the
yin, no power; but touch (can slice), have power. Demonstrates how ever 1 touch over the line (onto
the yang) can go over/come up. If even one finger can touch the yang, then there’s power. But in our
system, we talk about this spinning hand (this cycle—can see this is the defending point. Then defense
offense point). But then we also have upper hand: sticky hand. This is sticky hand; if you can’t get on top
of my hand you get whacked. Then you have lower hand: if you try to hit me, I won’t let you cross.