Heres an example of how I've combined the elements from my two styles forms into one posture, in case anyone's interested.
I bring it up here because it relates heavily to the "full and empty" concept, I feel.
I've mentioned that I've done this with some postures and have found a vast improvement in actual functionality by doing so. Alone this posture in either the Yang form or the Wu form works wonderfully, by combining elements of both forms into one movement I have found I get some better, for me personally, results when applying the movements to sparring.
This is STRICTLY my personal observation, I would not recommend this as either a training tool or something I would teach to others. I only mention it to hopefully gain some insight from others on the movements of emtpy and full as they pertain to what I'm doing. A critique, if you will.
In other words, only try this at home if you take the responsibility for it yourself. Don't blame me if it's not "right" or "accurate".
This is how I have melded these two styles together into one posture they both share, it's not a "real" TCC movement from either style.
Now that I have the disclaimers out of the way.....
I have combined elements from the Yang form Brush Knee and Step, with elements from the Wu form Brush Knee and Push. The two are very similar in many ways but diffent in others. I began to do this melding unconsciously, by running the two styles together when I was first learning YCF style. I found though that doing so really makes the single posture you perform effective in ways that neither form covers alone.
I know this may be sacrilidge to many people, that's why I said what I did above. I don't practice this way when doing either form seperately, just when I'm working on free style sparring techniques, so please don't send me any hate mail about it. That's why it's called "free style"...
I set up for Wu style BK&P by being in my NEARLY 100/0 stance on right leg, left leg forward with toe up, left arm extended, right fingers touching left wrist, both palms verticle (do I need to get into bent knees, hip tucked in...? didn't think so).
At this point in the Wu form, you open your hip to the right, seperate your arms, leave your left hand where it is and bring your right hand back with you to about your shoulder, lean back just a touch... I use this breakdown but with an added bit from the Yang BK&S, which is, instead of opening my hip so much I turn my "waist" as in the YCF form, use that turn to seperate my arms and only open my "hip" slightly, you have to in order to accomodate being at NEARLY 100/0, and I only "lean back a touch" about half as much as you do in the Wu form to accomodate "turning from my waist" as opposed to "opening my hip".
I then perform the actual brush knee and the push like both forms do almost identically at that point.
A very minor change you may say. I must tell you, it is not.
It is a very major change in terms of energy and balance, full and empty.
For one thing, I have often heard an expression that references "pull energy like drawing the string of a bow" or something along those lines. If someone could supply me with the correct expression I would greatly appreciate it, but that's how I remember it. Now, I used to be an archer, I haven't shot a bow in fourteen years or so but I remember the feeling and THOUGHT I always acheived it when performing Wu style BK&P and felt it even more when doing YCF style BK&S...
But when I put these two techniques together and move as I have described above, I get the EXACT same feeling I used to get when I drew a bow. Exactly. In fact I pulled my old, dusty, trusty bow out of it's case, strung it and tried it last night, using just this movement, and it was perfect. BK&P is perfect for that as your arms move (in the Wu form anyway) just like you do when you draw a bow string, straight back to your shoulder (there's no sweep to the back in the Wu form), very nearly to where I used to pull a bowstring to my chin. All I did was set up for my combined version, held the bow in my arms and draw it as I seperated my arms as I described above.
I could not believe how perfectly that worked. I also could not believe that ancient bow of mine didn't shatter in a million pieces, but that's another story.
The energy I utilized for seperating my arms was the same energy used in pulling a bow.
All that said, I guess what I'm looking for is the "empty and full" of this. I am utilizing both empty and full on several planes when I do this, it seems to me. I am empty on my left side, full on my right through my lower body, empty on my right and full on my left through my waist and empty in my left arm (holding the bow steady) and full in my right arm (drawing the bow).
I think I have described this correclty enough for anyone to follow. If not, I'm sure no one will have a hard time letting me know!
Must trot. I've spent too much time playing here already.
[This message has been edited by Wushuer (edited 07-11-2003).]