<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Rafael:
Sung means to relax yet be supple and alive. When you're sung everything is open and chi is flowing naturally throughout. In every position in tai chi chuan form, the practioner should be sung, then you'd feel a tingling at the top of your head. To be sung also means no joint in your body is locked. According to my teachers (whom come from the Tung and Wu style tradition) there are nine main joints (ankle, knees, hips, waist, 3 points in the vertebrate, wrists, elbow, shoulder) in the body. All of them must be open and free. If any of the joints are over extended then they are locked. Hopefully this helps.</font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks for posting, but I suspect you missed the discussion I mentioned in the Theories Forum. My fault, as I should also have duplicated my starting point in this section when I posted my question to Yang Jun. The starting point of discussion was as follows:
Sung is a state in which muscles are relaxed, not limp, but not tense. There is sufficient muscular activity to maintain posture.
There is also a slight extension of each joint in the body so as to open the joint, almost as though separating the bones. This creates a "connectivity" essential in establishing peng jin.
When done correctly there will be an increased flow of blood throughout the body, particularly noticeable in extremities such as the fingertips. This will lead to a feeling of heat, perhaps tingling and occasionally a light sweating.
Once again, my apologies and I hope this makes my original post in this forum a little clearer.
David Lawson (Grey Knight)