It’s been more than one year ago since I posted something of value. The last year I have been extremely busy and I have been in no mood to think of anything else Time flies fast. Hopefully I will up with some more stuff. However, translations will have to wait.
I was thinking about something that I have verbalized for myself a long time ago. But I thought it might be to some value for practitioners, beginners especially.
Coordinated movement is not the same as whole body movement. Whole body movement is not coordinated movements.
Does it make sense?
The Classics says:
“Rooted in the feet,
issued from the legs,
governed by the waist
Expressed by the fingers“
The whole body moves together. The body moves as a whole.
But now, one must be aware, that this is not really a “coordination” of individual body parts. When you see many tai chi students practicing together in the park, as you learn to understand Tai Chi movement better, you will notice that there are two different types of practitioners. Most of them move by coordinating different parts together. When they transfer weight from one leg to another in order to push with the arms, they coordinate the arms with their feet. But they are still separate form each other as the arms moves together with the feet but does not move from the feet.
But some practitioners move their whole rest of their body from the feet. The sequence of movements of body parts as stated in the classics, as above, should not be a sequential movement. Everything should happen at the same time. All of the body should move together. But the movements of the body are initiated from below and from within. The movements of the feet, waist and spine should move, lift and sink the arms. The arms don’t move by themselves.
But if you compare with the first type of practitioner where the arms moves together with the rest of the body, the arms still moves by themselves. If you work with real whole body movement, movement that are initiated from below and up, from within and out, you will initiate and use quite different muscles compared to the one who “merely” coordinates different parts together. It will show and the trained eye will spot the differences.
And so: Always when you practice, keep in mind and try to feel, in a real physical sense, that every move is initiated from below and from within. Don’t “think” it, but feel it. Always practice this, and practice it in every single movement of your form.