In the previous post I mentioned about needing a root and centralization of body to move properly in Tai Chi.
Having a root is important for the purpose of neutralizing training partner’s power and generating power whether for unbalance or rendering an injury. Throw in centralization and you also reap the benefit of stepping like a cat instead of plodding like an elephant. If your ability to fajing depends on being stuck to the ground and not being able to move nimbly then the fajing method will be useless against a training partner who can move around fast.
So this part of the sub-movement in Beginning Posture is to teach you how to step like a cat. You will need intent to move; when you move maintain awareness, don’t lose it. Avoid turning it into a thigh muscle development exercise otherwise you will have problem training the leg’s ability to generate power on its or to use in our piercing legs applications.
As you move hug the ground, feel it gently, land your foot like a cat – its a good test of your single leg’s root and balance. Slowly, ever so slowly turning insubstantial into substantial move and settle into the next phase of the sub-movement in Beginning Posture. Learning the principles on a micro level is part of our journey to Master Tai Chi Today.
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