Expanding on Song of Chaos

Here’s something I posted to Facebook on 24 Dec 2021 :-

Fuzzy
is the cross you talk to
in your mind as the
Dragon courses through
the nine crooked pearls
as you connect to
heaven and earth
while opening and closing.
Energetically you feel
even as you seem
to cease to exist and
You inside be as one
with the outside so that
No you, no me

In the book on the Yang family long form by GM Wang Yongquan he presented his version of the Song of Chaos. I like this better than the Yang family’s Song of Chaos.

This is because GM Wang Song of Chaos explained the concept of how to apply fajing against a moving opponent. He also explained the keys to mastering the fajing that is unique to his lineage of the Yang family Tai Chi Chuan.

Unfortunately, GM Wang does not explain what the attainment would be like once you mastered the keys of 松散通空 that unlock the ability to fajing.

Though I call them keys they are more like a process as far as actual learning is concerned. Chapter 2 Learning Stages in TaijiKinesis Vol 2 : Learning the Taijiquan Form presents the same information in a more general fashion that allows other Yang stylists to understand what the keys are about.

What I wrote in the FB post is the feeling you should have when playing the 22-form of GM Wei Shuren after attaining the 4 stages of 松散通空 if you follow the steps as taught by my teacher.

Though I presented it as a block of lines, it should properly be written as :-

BLOCK 1
Fuzzy
is the cross you talk to
in your mind …..

BLOCK 2
…..as the
Dragon courses through
the nine crooked pearls

BLOCK 3
as you connect to
heaven and earth

BLOCK 4
while opening and closing.

BLOCK 5
Energetically you feel
even as you seem
to cease to exist and

BLOCK 6
You inside be as one
with the outside so that
No you, no me

Commentary :-

BLOCK 1 – this is how you train to merge with the opponent in order to be able to efficiently surge your power into and through his body. There are two methods mentioned in this block and the methods are found throughout GM Wei’s 22-form

BLOCK 2 – this enables you to open up your body like an inflated balloon, basically enabling you to use the 5 bows of the body

BLOCK 3 – this is the key to rooting while retaining mobility

BLOCK 4 – this is part of the process of using the 5 bows to issue power

BLOCK 5 – this is an extension of BLOCK 1 on a more advanced level

BLOCK 6 – this is when you have achieved BLOCK 1 and BLOCK 5. When you are here the moment you touch the opponent he will feel as if your energy is enveloping him. This is the stage at which you can generate power from a short distance at short notice without having to go through an elaborate process of setting up

Summary – the most important to made is that everything mentioned in the 6 blocks must work together i.e. you must do them at the same time instead of separately. This is one reason why the 22-form is like a physical koan that you work on daily until you can perform everything together.

When you reach here then you can explore the use of the power using the various techniques found in the form. You can also refine how you use the core power by using the examples of power generation models mentioned in GM Wei’s book on the 22-form.

As you keep moving forward you might come back to just using the core power as it is without having to worry about the various power generation models. This keeps things simple so you never have to think about which model to use. When things are moving fast during push hands you have but a split second to decide how to issue the power. It would be best if you let it happen on its own, just like how you would bounce off a trampoline depending on how you land on it.

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