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Initiating movement from the waist

Posted in taiji with tags , on July 18, 2009 by marksun

\The handle of the whip is the waist. When motion starts in the waist it flows out to the fingers, the toes.

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whip

Posted in image, taiji with tags on June 28, 2009 by marksun

Indy whipSoftness and flexibility in the body, especially upper body are necessary in taiji.  A whip illustrates how softness allows energy to flow.  Like in a whip,  speed and power comes from softness and flexibility.  A small and relatively slow movement of the handle develops into  extreme speed at the tip as the impulse travels the fibers in the lash.   When the upper body is soft and flexible it makes it possible for the power rooted by the full weight of the body  in the ground to travel up and out. The mind opens the path for energy to  flow through the body.

clear

Posted in taiji with tags , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by marksun

We have been practicing recently mainly holding in the mind the image of the heavy tailbone.  We notice the effect of clearing the ability to sense, and at the same time clearing the channels through which chi flows, and knowing when the flow is open and when it is not so open or hanging up.  We’ve talked a little bit about how the breathing is an indicator… when the breathing catches in the chest making a sound and when the air flows through clear airpipes without sound.

The heavy tailbond image is like the handle of the whip. Fromthe base of the spine, a small slow motion is amplified by the whip itself into the progressively greater movement over space, slow motion at the handle to supersonic motion at the tip.  The clear flexible channel for energy allows this to happen – a blocked channel does not allow the whip to function.