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 are balancing 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 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 yin yang: 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 perineum 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 point of contact: 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 [GM Chin 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 horizontal). 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 point 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 catch this, you can’t redirect. 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, 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.