A Return to the Beginning :: Our First Post
This entry was the very first on my first blog I created. I’ve reposted it here so that it may be at arms length to the wordpress.com public (and to my many students out there). The entry was titled, Posture and Technique. Enjoy!
My teacher Yang Yang wrote in his wonderful book, “Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power” and I’m paraphrasing…
“Posture, by itself is not technique and it shouldn’t be relied upon to serve as a means of self defense. The internal force of Taiji, known as ‘peng jin‘ is not a ‘postural trick’. He says that peng jin is ‘pure gong’… whose foundation “is built in wuji practice”
Michael Joyce: As a teacher and avid researcher of all martial sciences, I read this passage with some trepidation. I’ve experienced some amazing people with great skill (gong), Yang Yang definitely soars to the top of that list,… however, many of these master do not regard taijiquan as magical (and, personally, I know that it shouldn’t be considered as such). On the other hand, passages such as this direct the student away from thinking of the physical structure of the body and, in my opinion, the deep importance of posture in martial arts (and also in self defense). Take San Ti stance for example (popular in Taiji, Xingyi & Baqua)… the correct posturing is essential in guarding the upper-middle-lower, it keeps the body properly rooted with energy transferable from the rear foot upward through the body and the lead hand remains poised in both defense and offense simultaneously.
I would love to hear your input on this!