Louis Swaim wrote:This old Yang family formula is similar, but different from the song mr. yslim quoted:

杨氏太极拳九诀

虚实诀

虚虚实实神会中,虚实实虚手行功。

练拳不谙虚实理,枉费功夫终无成。

虚守实发掌中窍,中实不发艺难精。

虚实自有虚实在,实实虚虚攻不空。

Here’s a translation I did of this in the “Empty and Full” thread here on the board a few years ago.

Xu Shi Jue

Using empty-empty full-full, the spirit gathers within.

Using empty-full full-empty, hands trade merits.

If in training quan you’re not versed in the principles of empty and full,

It will be a waste of gongfu with no end result.

Abiding in the empty, issuing the full; the knack is in the palm.

If the center remains full, with no release, refinement will be elusive.

Knowing that empty and full themselves contain empty and full,

In applying empty-empty full-full, your attacks will not be in vain.

—transmitted by Yang Banhou

Take care,

Louis

HELLO MR SWAIN,

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING THIS WONDERFUL OLD YANG FAMILY FORMULA WITH YOUR TRANSLATION. IT MAKES MUCH MORE EASY TO CHEW AND REGURGITATE .

THE SECOND HALF OF THE FIRST LINE IN THIS FORMULA IS A PERFECT ANSWER TO THE TAIJIQUAN LUN LINE #3 IN QUESTION.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR HELP AND GOOD WORK!

CIAO AND HAVE A GOOD TAIJI DAY, BEST TIME TO PRACTICE THE 'WATER ELEMENT' TODAY

LIM