In my previous post I brought up the Primal Posture and mentioned the Qi-Posture.
In this post I would like to introduce you to the Qi-Posture of the Yang style of Grandmaster Wei Shuren. Below is the diagram presented in Grandmaster Wei’s second book on this variation of the Yang style :-
The Qi-Posture is an counter-intuitive way to align the body’s posture such that the structural constructs are optimized for use in Tai Chi techniques for the purpose of neutralization and issuing of force.
The Qi-Posture is not something mystical as some might claim it to be. What is outstanding of the method is the use of the intention to formulate the posture rather than physically force it into shape. This is where qualia is important because you need to feel what is happening on a deeper level than what you would normally be used to.
The key to using the Qi-Posture is to sensitively align the upper body to the lower body. By controlling the body weight as it is transferred down the spinal column to the ground via the legs the practitioner can achieve a Small Frame body posture that feels light, enabling quick movements yet feels heavy to the training partner; one can then be like a cat in walking lightly but strong as a still mountain (Newton’s First Law of Inertia) – requirements that are mentioned in the Tai Chi Classics.
The creation of the Qi-Posture requires the practitioner to mentally perform the following steps :-
a) Open up the chest to create a pathway for a rock to drop down
b) Spread the elbows sideways
c) Align the lower back by moving it towards the rear
d) Elongate the wrists
e) Lower the crotch
f) Mentally direct the Qi (intention) to move along the inside of the legs to form an arch
g) Move intention up the outside of legs up to the iliac crests
h) Allow the intention from the left and right sides to come together where both iliac crests meet and allow it to descend; thereafter the intention will emerge at the front and the formation of the 3-Qi Rings begins
Part (h) above is the section which can help to alleviate back pain if you practice the Tai Chi that I teach; it is somewhat similar to what is referred to as the J-shaped spine by Esther Gokhale.
If you want to master the Yang style of Grandmaster Wei Shuren the first thing to master is the Qi-Posture. However, it is one of those things that will take time to truly get it.
This is why for those students who want to Master Tai Chi Today I do not recommend them to take this up. Instead, I will teach them something easier to master and every bit as useful – the 5-Points. After less than 5 years of studying the 5-Points the majority of my students have found that they have the capability to fajing though they need to train to be able to do it consistently.
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