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Louis Swaim wrote:"When a man from Chu was fording a river, his sword fell from the boat into the water. He immediately made a notch in the boat and declared, 'This is where my sword went in.' When the boat stopped, he went into the water to search for his sword in the spot indicated by the notch he had made. The boat had moved, but his sword had not. Was it not sheer delusion to search for a sword this way? Using ancient laws to govern the state is no different. Since the time has changed but the laws have not followed suit, will it not be difficult to bring about order using them?"
--The Annals of Lu Buwei: A Complete Translation and Study, by John Knoblock and Jeffrey Riegel, pp. 370-371.Louis
Louis Swaim wrote:In the other thread discussing Brennan's online translation of Yang Chengfu's first book, Taijiquan Shiyongfa, BBtrip asked why the form instructions in that book omitted the last Brush Knee before Advance Step, Deflect, Parry and Punch. I had speculated it was simply an editorial oversight in the original book, but Chen's explanation confirms it reflects an actual change made by Yang Chengfu.
The way Yang Chengfu presently practices the solo set is slightly different from the way you wrote it in your book. Why is this?
The way he presently practices the solo set, the only differences are that after the second PLAY THE LUTE there is another BRUSH KNEE IN A CROSSED STANCE added, and after WHITE SNAKE FLICKS ITS TONGUE, he withdraws his body the same way as in the PARRY, BLOCK, PUNCH that follows FLINGING-BODY PUNCH. This is not really a big deal.
After WHITE SNAKE FLICKS ITS TONGUE, there was originally no withdrawing of the body when Yang Chengfu taught me.
If an opponent attacked with a punch, I used my left hand to connect to his elbow and used my right fist to punch below his ribs, thus slightly sitting my waist then sending out the punch, which is simpler.
Feng wrote:“You must be able to release energy at the same time you neutralize. It is called having release within neutralization.”
"Rather advance than retreat."
“In Chen style small frame there’s a quote: As Ms. Chen Peiju explains "Small Frame basically never withdraws power back (Hui Jin) unlike Large Frame; in Small Frame the end of one movement is at the same time the beginning of the next one; the end of "explosion" (Bao Fa) of the preceding movement is at the same time "Storing of Strength" (Xu Jin) of the next one; this is one of the difficulties in learning Small Frame"
As for the other form change Chen mentions -- the withdraw after White Snake Darts its Tongue -- I'll have to think about that one. Does anyone have any thoughts on Chen's explanation of the earlier version, and how that would work?
1. If I follow Chen’s sequence from his book The Art of Taijiquan, will I be 2 moves closer to Yang Luchan’s original form?
2. Does adding withdrawal to certain moves (where there was none) point to Chengfu’s change of emphasis from combat focus to health focus?
In application I find when I can advance--retreat in the same movement, it seems more efficient and most importantly more effective.
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