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Painted Monk

17 December 2008

Image inspired by the name I came up with for the blog.  A fighting monk with body and face paint, holding a group of wolves at bay.  The stance is something defensive, maybe a variation on a repulse the monkey movement from taijiquan (repulse the wolves?).

In study, when enacting a long range power release in a Chen style of taijiquan, one element is the rising and sinking of your centre.  There’s a moment of heightened tension before you release.  If you were standing on a scale, it would read zero for a split second before you sunk into the strike and rooted back to the ground strongly.

The other sequence is sinking before the push and rising into it, generating uprooting power to counter direct force rather than contesting it with hard, direct counter pushing.

This vertical rising and falling of your core while maintaing body alignment sets the internal methods apart from less subtle approaches; your attack and defense travels a sine curve rather than a straight line.  So a sequence like in this image might go: rise up and step back to welcome the oncoming force (or “unified power of attack,” the impact with harmful intent), sink down into the repulse stance to use the momentum against the force if it follows, and shoot forward, rise, and press while the force is disrupted.  You’d fight like a curling wave in theory.  The trick is integrating this thought model into movements when you don’t necessarily want to plant yourself as a target.

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