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Louis Swaim wrote:Matt,
The word 筋 for tendons or sinews does appear throughout the Yang Forty Chapters, for example, texts no. 13, 26, 27, 29, 31, 35, and 37 (as numbered in Wile, Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty, or 3.13, 3.26, 3.27, 3.29, 3.31, 3.35 and 3.37 (as numbered in Yang Jwing-Ming's Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style. It also appears in Yang Chengfu's Ten Essentials, #6.
By the way, why did you want to know?
I am still working on relaxing and "snapping" a punch rather than external brute strength. Western boxing mention relaxing a lot and I am finding many passages and "old school" boxing coaches that did not want their Boxers to use weight training and heavy bag hitting, since it compromised speed.
Audi wrote:Greetings Ash and Louis everyone else,
If someone can explain the difference between blood-Qi and QI-blood, I would be much obliged.
Chapter 13 (as translated by Wiles) also says:
"Power (chin 勁 comes from the tendons, and strength (li 力) from the bones. Speaking strictly from a material point of iew, amn with great strength can lift several hundred pounds, but this is a superficial matter of bones and joints that produces brute strength. By contrast, the unified power of the whole body, though it appears unable to lift even a few pounds, represents the internal strength of the "ching and ch'i. In this way, after you have perfected your skill, you will manifest marvels far surpassing those of mere hard strength, for this is the way of true self-development through physical culture."
(Transposed in simplified characters that I can type quicker)
劲由于筋，力由于骨。如以持物论之，有力能執数百斤，是骨節皮毛之外操也，故有硬力。如以全体之有劲，似不能持几斤，是精气之内壮也。虽然，若是功成后，犹有妙出于硬力者，修身体育之道有然也。I am still working on relaxing and "snapping" a punch rather than external brute strength. Western boxing mention relaxing a lot and I am finding many passages and "old school" boxing coaches that did not want their Boxers to use weight training and heavy bag hitting, since it compromised speed.
Many respected teachers talk about "snapping" and "relaxing," and yet I have doubts about whether the boxing method and the Tai Chi method are generally the same. To me it feels as if hard arts prefer to alternate between rigid and limp, whereas the Tai Chi I have been taught has more consistent springiness that is rarely either completely rigid or completely limp. The way I have been taught to practice Fajin involves a different technique from the way I was taught to throw a Karate punch. Both involve relaxation, but in a different way. The Karate method is closely tied with speed, momentum, and muscle power. The Tai Chi method has all these, but is not primarily dependent on any of the three of them. A whip needs a certain distance to be effective; whereas a spring does not. A whip has structure only where the energy is actively present; whereas a spring has structure even when the energy is not overtly manifest. One is a rope; the other is a bow. From what I understand, I do not want to use muscle to whip the "rope" in my limbs. Instead, I want to use my tendons to make my limbs have a bow-like energy. Loose, but not loose.
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