GRASPING SPARROW'S TAIL, LIFTING WATER AND MOVING TO DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
Sabah 2016 -- Day 1 Afternoon
In the afternoon session of Day 1, students learned Grasping Sparrow's Tail, Lifting Water and moving to different directions.
All important Taijiquan techniques and skills can be found in Grasping Sparrow's Tail. There are five techniques in this sequence, namely
- Immortal Waves Sleeves
- Double Dragons Plays with Pearl
- Push Boat According to Flow of Current
- Black Bear Sinks Hips
- Open Window to Look at Moon
All the five techniques are to be performed smoothly in one continuous flow. Grandmaster Wong showed how "Grasping Sparrow's Tail" can be performed in numerous ways in different directions/
"Lifting Water" is an important method to develop internal force. It can be operated at three levels -- physical, energy and mind. As a rough guide, the amount of internal force generated from this three levels is 1, 3 and 6.
In other words, if a course participant uses only the physical level of developing internal force, which is different from physical exercise, he will get only 10% of internal force. If he uses the mind level, which also include the energy and the physical levels, he will get 100%! An effective way to regulate the depth of the mind level is how deeply he enters into a chi kung state of mind, or how deeply he enters Tao.
Five factors are involved in moving to different directions:
- compass direction -- north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest.
- leg mode, e.g. left to left or left to right.
- Reference point -- front, middle, back.
- Mode of entry -- straight, yin or yang.
- Turning direction --clockwise or anti-clockwise.
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