September 14, 2019 Edmonton Notes


EdmontonWorkshopGroupPhoto20190914Positive circle steps. There are two steps and one modification. They are in, turn and out.
  1. In with elbow. The forearm locks into one piece. No movement is allowed. Everything must be passive.
    The forearm comes in as a result of the bicep pulling it. It is a good idea to use the other hand to help pull the bicep in.
    This causes the forearm to come in. In this way, the forearm does not have any action or energy in it. It is totally passive.
    Then, turn the bicep. You can only cause of very small rotation of the bicep at this point of training. However, this action should not cause any tension or movement of the forearm.
  2. Turn with Waist (at this stage it is the kua now).
  3. Out with Hand (at this stage the hand leads but the rear foot pushes)
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  1. Extension
  2. Static Matching
  3. Dynamic Matching: direction, extension(length), and power
  4.  Various Dynamic Matching exercises.
The use of the elbow to pull the forearm back starts a new technique or new ability for the body. Our body use to have five designated parts to lead (outwards) the body in movements. Now we are adding the ELBOW as another one. This fundamentally changes the way the body works. Originally the elbow was only designed to move sideways. Now we want it to move in a straight line in accordance with the dantian, hand and opponent line.

This is Level Two Lead, Level One being the naturally born ability to have the five Heads lead (two hands, two feet and head).

In Level Three Lead, any part of the body can lead. In Taiji terms, this ability is called "Every Part of the Body is a Fist".

In the afternoon, we practiced several exercised for the concept of De-synchronized synchronization.

Sept. 15, 2019
  1. The exchanges of yin and yang.
    zhuanguan, switching, go over
  2. Yilu is the testing field. We must put all our newly learned movements and concepts into the testing field to be tested and trained.
Nomiya for lunch.