Tai chi: Short power

Tai chi: Short power

…and I just go.. If I pivot around the back hip, which is the
tendency, I’m using the wrong end of the crowbar. So, I put the weight on the front
leg, and I pivot this way. That moves you a little. So, I just go there. *Guy laughs*
And then I pivot this way, like that. So, as you hold on and don’t let me move. and all I’m going to do is…
Can you let go for a second? OW! And I’m just gonna tap my left
hip up and down like this. And I just go….like that…
*Guy laughs* I feel like I’m a milkshake. If I do this, that’s just pulling you. So, you connect to the ground right? Like that. So, I’m trying to pull you but you’ve got control. I switch to the other side Now, he has a different type of
connection in his body. So it’s not gonna have the same effect that it has on you. Right? But if I do this, it’s gonna…. It’s like a James Bond movie…
“Shaken. Not Stirred.” *laughter* If he tries to engage me… like… Now he’s
just holding on to my arm, right? So, because he’s just holding on to my arm and not trying to control my body, he is having a different effect. If you grab and you tried to control my spine, like that, that’s different. Right? Yeah.
So from here you grab you hold on control my spine, and I just..
…like that. If I do the complete movement, which is that, then you have this, which takes the arc like that. I opened like that….and here… I’m engaging… I pour it into my foot, and then I come
around like that I rotate him that way, and then I rotate him that way, and then
I… down like this. Now, the next twist step is here,
or here, or here, or there. Most people, they’ll go like this.
Uh oh. It doesn’t work because they’re pivoting
around the wrong axis. They’re trying to do this. Right? Instead, you go here. Place that foot. Then twist, deflect and punch. (D) That is a lot stronger.
(G) You change the axis completely. What are they gonna think?
They’re going to think it is fake. G) Well, it isn’t fake. That’s for sure. There is “…the profound, the mysterious, and the subtle.” as Yang Yang said. There. See that? G) If that is “fake,” I would hate to see “real.” Well, if it is really good, it will look fake.
Unfortunately if it’s fake it will also look fake. So, who is to say? I) There. That is that. G) Look at that power. I) That… and the fight is over. It is the same as you’re squaring
off and I go HA! There. That depends on you being tense, of course.
G) Right. I) If you were to do the same thing which you are want to do. You place your weight on the right hip, ..and then… There. Well. So much for that demonstration. There is a big difference between a demonstration and an application. It is very different. You know, I’m so attached to that that
particular application. Look I’m moving… Oh. Right. He has another hand. he has two hips, also. Right. You know that’s not going to work. So, if I do that, I have to be engaging the mind. I can’t just be engaging the imaginary biomechanics. If you are pushing, and I intercept your proprioception… Now, I’ve created a wall that doesn’t protect me from you. It divides you from yourself. It is not there to “protect the country” it is there to divide it. I create the tension inside you. You end up fighting yourself. Then I just come along and go… Hooo! Look! Once you get a person fighting themselves then you go “Hah!” Again, people or countries. Same idea. So, you get them fighting themselves and then the slightest little thing from outside
will make them tense up, and turn inside, and start eating their own liver. That is when you know that you’ve got them…when they start to eat their own liver. Okay. That’s the quote of the day. I thought the quote of the day was gonna be,
“No! I didn’t read your damned sign.” * Laughter * Now it’s gonna be, “You know you’ve got
them when they start to eat their own liver.” * Laughter * So, from here, I just go like that.
All that was was me going… like that. If the tension is not there, it doesn’t work. So, I can go like that all I want it’s not gonna move you. But if you are leaning on me, like that…
That is going to work. Which is the whole point of a lot of those demonstrations. Right? The students have been conditioned to lean on the teacher, in one way or another… either like that,
or or any of the number of ways that you can lean. So, they’ve created a flaw to demonstrate a principle. Then that principle becomes a demonstration that you use to show other people how magical you are. G) Based on a flaw.
I) Yes. Based on a flaw. And in fact it has about as much legitimacy as professional wrestling. But that’s the thing. Professional wrestlers have skill. They are athletes. But it is an imaginary
sport. At least, it is not a sport as we think of it. But it is certainly athletic. I’ve seen burlesque shows that have fantastic athleticism in them. Sometimes they look fake but they’re not. D) Do you want me to be leaning on you now? I) No. I want you to win the fight. D) You want me to win the fight. I) Hah! Oh! There we go.
Hey! Not bad! Don’t try to do a whole bunch of stuff.
Just raise the heel and drop it. That will move your hip enough.
move there this another that’s it yeah D) That subtle? I) Once my weight is on the front leg, I
just have to do that. So, I’m just going… This moves my hip. If I try to think about moving my hip too much, I go back to pivoting at my centre. But if I use the foot to move the hip, it simplifies the movement. It simplifies it and prevents that proprioceptive chaos that happens when you try to do too much. There you go. That’s it. Now do it the other way. Just go like that like you’re putting out a
cigarette. There you go! As you turn the foot one way, that will happen, and then that will happen. All the weight on the right leg. Stand entirely on the right leg. Push down with your right thigh. Relax the psoas muscle. Just engage
the iliacus, not the psoas. You raise the heel… There you go. And there. Just a little tiny wiggle and then, SLAM. It’s the same idea as this. Okay? You have
this kind of punch. Okay? Or this. So, you have this or this. You are pivoting around that axial line. That’s it. That’s it. That was it. There you go. Yep. Yeah. That’s it. Precision is more important than power. Let me be part of your leg, and then the
other leg is sort of detached. *cough*
*wheeze* *laughter* *ahem*
That was good. That was a little more power than I expected. Yeah. That was all muscle. Yeah. If you are hanging on them at all, it’s gonna go right into his other foot. So, you have to pour it into your own foot. Don’t make it about the push.
Make it about the pivot. You are going like that, and setting it up. In fact, there is no setup. The tension is there. The engagement is there. and then it’s just …like that. You should end up being more balanced when you finish than when you started. Trust the heel. Trust that you don’t have to move a lot.
Don’t go for distance. Just go for precision. …Like you only want to move them an inch. Just go…humph…like that.
That’s better. D) It is more jarring like that. I) Once you get the precision, then that is
just going to pop him out of his feet. It is already connected before you drop. So, now I dropped my hit heel down… like that. D) That is piercing! That is piercing…into the bone. I) Yeah….and it was so easy for me.
Are you okay? D) Yeah. I am okay. So, now balance it out by wrecking
his other shoulder. Trust the mechanics of it. This is like those guys who are who are boxing and they won’t trust the punch. They keep adding a whole bunch of extra
muscle to it that isn’t necessary. Remember, when you get it right you won’t feel like you did anything. you have a lot of G) You see! I always want to get the arm involved. You spend a lot of time isolating your shoulder muscles from the rest of the body. And that strength is extremely useful to you because of all the other stuff that you do… both with your work, and when you are doing work up north. So that kind of power is really helpful. What we are looking at here is a completely different idea. And this is one of the reasons why people will often say “Don’t do weight lifting” or “Don’t do other things”… Because, it interferes with the way that you are structuring your Tai Chi. But you can do both. You just have to make sure that you put enough time into it, and understand that the principles are different. Because if you keep thinking of it as a muscle-joint, muscle-joint, then it is not
going to work as well. But if you think of it as fascia, and relaxed alignment and then… trusting the mechanics But if you watch people who are punching, and they’re hitting the heavy bag. and you know they are coloured belts
in kickboxing, …and they’re trying to hit as hard as they can. They are not trusting the punch. i If I feel like I’m doing more, then I must be doing more. But, in fact, you want to feel like you’re doing less, and are really doing more. You want to work smarter – not harder. You want your punch to hurt the other guy , not you. You want to throw the other person and be more balanced at the end… …as opposed to throwing yourself at the other person Every punch is not a sacrifice. The punch should be from there.
Your head goes flying I’m just standing here. Don’t move. You were talking about the difference
between the nervous system as a sense… …and the fascia as a sense. Right?
The fascia is much faster And as soon as the signal gets transferred to the body, the muscles say “Oh, that’s for us!” It keeps intercepting the mail. You need to sneak it by the muscles so the muscles don’t feel like they have to do anything. When you activate a muscle group it’s separating that part of the body from the rest . It’s isolating it. Bodybuilding isolates muscle groups. You’re not doing the exercise right if you’re not isolating the muscle properly. Powerlifting and bodybuilding are so different because powerlifting wants to integrate
everything all together, and bodybuilding wants to separate everything. Start with the feeling of me moving away. “Use the Force.” And imagine that I’m already being
pushed before you even drop the heel. See the connection is doing it already.
I have already got the centripetal engagement. I do not have to do anything else except
sharpen the needle… meaning reducing the surface area that I’m engaging with and
because your weight is on this leg and this leg isn’t doing anything… then
you’re already moving when I do that. Sharpen the needle and connect it. See
the movement happening. And then just follow it with that leverage. Does that sort of make sense? Keep the connection. Keep me going, and then just let that follow up. Yeah. That was good. So, you started to move me, and then you added a little extra at the end. That’s it. That was excellent. G) My balance was a lot better. Like I said, I didn’t really feel like I did anything. I) And I just moved like an airship. Now you are starting to move already. Yeah. I can feel it. And then I sharpen it a little more.
There we go. Now there is no pressure. Right? He is already moving, and then he moves. I) Sorry.
D) It’s alright.
But can you do the other side? Push down with the thighs and relax the psoas. If you need to engage the iliacus, that’s fine. But you may not even need to do that. And then this is going to move with this. You pivot around this axial line. When you drop that heel, you should lose contact with my fingers, because your centreline goes backwards. That is better. There we go. That is better. You went like this, as opposed to just trusting that. You are trying to do a big rotation instead of just a rotation. That is better. There you go. How about that? Once he is engaged, you forget about him, and you just let yourself drop back and down. There you go. Just drop it. Don’t even think about pushing him. There you go. If you do it right, you don’t feel like you did anything. Because you, basically, didn’t. Your muscles are not giving you that feedback because you are not fighting against your own muscles. That is pretty neat. So, I am resting on your front foot… right through your body… and then you just relaaaaaaax! D) Like that? Yeah!
Like that! G) *Laughing*
There is a smile on his face now. D) That felt effortless. Very cool. So, he will be very soft soft
soft. But then he starts to lose his balance and then he just smashes like The HULK.. D) It is a pretty honest battle, really.
You never know what you are going to get. I) Pushing hands with Guy is like a box of chocolates. *Laughter*

4 Replies to “Tai chi: Short power”

  1. You are the only Tai Chi guy who talks my language, fascia, propeoreception, introception. I still have no idea what you are talking about most of the time.

  2. So cool, just a short lever. Towards the end, when you talk about him leaning on you, [severing his root?], is that Ti Fang, then apply the [Chubby Checker] Twist?

  3. Because this is actually dangerous to pass off as self defense I feel obligated to say that this is all charlatry. You will get beat up if you try this so just run away or find a real martial arts instructor.

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