Move 3

Continuing from Move 2.

It is common to see practitioners sit into their stance without demonstrating a good understanding of physics at play. When you sit low to get a stable base you sacrifice mobility. In addition, you also give up the ability to release force like an arrow.

Hence, when we settle into a stance it has to conform to the requirements of :-

a) Stability + mobility

b) Able to direct the opponent’s power to the ground

c) Retain the ability to be compressive for force generation

The physics of our Yang style Tai Chi fulfills the requirement of a supporting structure to intercept and connect to an external power. The process is continued by leading the opponent’s power to the ground to neutralize it.

We can also borrow this power to load and trigger our compressive stance to attack his structure. In the Tai Chi Classics this is referred to as the requirement of the stance (by extension the two legs) to be like a bow.

This is the reason why students need to pay careful attention to the earlier sub-movements plus this sub-movement because they are the underpinnings for what is commonly referred to as internal power. I know that this thing called internal power is kept secretive or reserved for high level / high paying students in some schools but to Master Tai Chi Today I teach it to students from Day One.


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