Thanks for the instruction.
You said about "adjusting from the base" and "return force":
<As we know, the Classics state that all movement starts at the feet, gets magnified in the legs and ripples through the body into the arms before being expressed to the fingertips> Steve
That's an original and pleasantly poetic rendering of the classics.
<This means upward and downward movements> Steve
I have been considering this duo for quite a while now, and am grateful for the detailled explanation...
<So by releasing, sinking is created, sinking creates emptiness in the body and rooting in the base. When the body is thus empty and the sinking continues then the body adjusts from the base up. The rooting causes a wave of force to rise up from the feet> Steve
Clear, methodically approached description, highly comprehensive.
So, in essence one must focus on the "downward" before one can rise "upward"...
This brings a whole new meaning to the expression "What goes up must come down"
Understood and well taken.
Thank-you very much.
<The emphasis remains on releasing however-to bring about sinking etc. etc. > Steve
<So when Dorshugla says: "I relax, sink(try to), clear mind and be even tempered". Then to me that says that the Yi(intent) is to relax, to in turn bring about sinking etc. (as I wrote above) > Steve
Thanks for clarifying.
<It is worth separating intent from awareness...if you decide to walk to someone-you have used intent(yi)- then whilst you are walking there, you will be aware of the changes taking place in your body> Steve
May I extend this concept to Push Hands?
In Push Hands I have heard that one should have no 'intent', meaning that one should react to the opponents thoughts, prior to his action. For me, this thought implies an awareness (in waiting to react) rather than intent of action. (I know I deviate).
Would you care to go into greater lengths on the distinctions of 'intent' and 'awareness' between solo form practice and Push Hands theories?
<So Psalchemist-that is what I would suggest you do with your Yi. Put it into the ground below your substantial foot and use your awareness to help release the body and keep it constantly adjusting>
That sounds like very good advice...actually that is what I am working towards presently...the general concept of "threaded" movement and the "structure of the stance" from the "Ten Essentials". I do not expect, however to be capable of actually impementing this in a constant and consistent manner without many, many.......many, hours of practice.
Do you think that "releasing" will accompany the achievement of the proper structure described in the "Ten Essentials".
<Note that whilst yi may not yet be synchronised with either energy or the body- I consider this to be a separate issue> Steve
Now THERE is an excellent distinction!
YI focussed on releasing: to sink, root and ultimately return the force.( Step1:Beginner level for YI study)
YI focussed on the body: ???
YI focussed on the energy: ???
Are these different levels of instruction in Taijiquan?
Could you please describe (at least a little....PLEASE!!!!!) what the YI in relation to body and energy imply?
<To concentrate on the return force is to be sucked into the result of the process rather than the process itself> Steve
Right,full focus on the ch'i will bring stagnancy. This is a clearer concept for me to grasp now.
Thanks for everything,