What It All Boils Down To

is this…

The efforts we make towards the attainment of anything within the martial artists, are for the benefit of spirit.  Or at least it should be.  So much attention is paid to that which is outside the nature of the artform.  If I use Taijiquan as an example, one may see the goal as learning a pattern of movements.  As they learn where the hands and feet must start and end, their mind goes directly to the next sequence.  

The essence lies in the perfect completion of a single, movement (or form).  We sometimes think that all the movements make up a form… however, on a much deeper level, the postures exist to be used as “one intent, one action.”  Simple, efficient, and sound.  The more caught up we are with “adding things to our plate” (so-to-speak) the harder time we are bound to have when it comes to exemplifying the essence of the artform.   

When you look to White Crane Spreads Its Wings or Lazy Tying Coat do not neglect peng, lu, ji, an (the four cardinal forces. Roughly: Expand, Yield, Press, and Sink).  When you perform peng, lu, ji, an, always remember ding, equilibrium.  The body and mind’s inward/internal understanding manifests itself in the outside/external.  The body must be ready…that is to say, aware. …relaxed, soft and poised but with the ability to strike out at a moments notice… the result being “one, clear intent… one clear action.”   

Good luck in your practice.  Peace and Love- Coach 


~ by chencenter on May 25, 2008.

6 Responses to “What It All Boils Down To”

  1. This concept is true in Submission Wrestling as well. Technique is emphasized first and foremost in Jiu Jitsu so many people complain when they get caught in an out of the ordinary submission because it was not perfect. This is when I remind them of what Renzo Gracie once said, “If you tapped, it’s a submission.” Sometimes you just have to grab their shit and break it… to put it in simpler terms.

  2. Expand, Yield, Press, and Sink, describe the moves of the form perfectly.

    Equilibrium at the center of it, mental and physical. One body one mind: ” one clear intent….once clear action”
    Thanks for the posting!

  3. ADAM: Spoken like a true warrior. I like Renzo’s comment too. Eventually we will get to the point in the martial arts where they say, “one touch penetrates to the bone.” great comment as always.

    PAT: You’re welcome! 🙂

  4. in the words of ross….”UNAGI”


  5. For me It boils down to working on spirit too. Though that’s not what brought me to the art, nor do I think that that’s what brings many folks to it. At least, not overtly. Perhaps on the inside that’s why we all invest in Taiji time.

    Just like continuity (there is none) there is no perfect form. Though each form brings me closer to the best one; right now what seems amazingly perfect won’t in 10 years.

  6. Didn’t really follow much of that but you sound a lot like my old skydiving coach. He was always talking about being relaxed and at total ease with yourself allowing you to be completely aware of your situation.

    Different setting completely but he always said he didn’t truly enjoy jumping until he stopped thinking about the jump in sections.

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