I too find Louis sentiment apt and worthy of note. I have been swayed, pursuaded, convinced that corporeal and spiritual or mental cannot ever really be separated. If I understood your gestures correctly...right, Louis, everything seems to boil down to the physical.
Is the spiritual also physical?
Wushuer, you said:
<I practice TCC at every opportunity, physically, verbally, mentally> Wushuer
You seem to have summarized my thoughts quite efficiently...exactly so,I like the idea of incorporating Taijiquan skills into all aspects of life as self cultivation tools.
Wushuer, you also said:
<When I said "run like hell", I hope you realize I was talking about in a real "fight" situation. If your pushing hands or sparring you would, of course, use Lian to recover as described above as your partner, hopefully, isn't going to follow through with a kindey punch as you go by> Wushuer
Yes, of course, thank-you.
This sparks a motivation to explore further the other "nei jin?" concepts:
-Lian-link and connect
-Sui-follow and comply
-Ting-listen and feel
-Na-hold and control
I invite descriptions of these skills, being shi san shi related. Beyond the superficial connotations supplied above...
What are some of the ways these are applied, when should they be applied etc. in push hands and sparring environments?
I realize some of these descriptions have already been provided on this discussion board, but feel any pertinent information would be useful towards my development, even repetition. I still have everything to learn!
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 10-24-2003).]