Hello Shugdenla, Jerry,
I thank you Shugdenla for your explanations on Dingshi, and Jerry, thank you for presenting the distinction between Dingshi and Zhuangzhang.
Now that I know more about it... I am even more confused, I think...
as to WHY there is such a distinction between these two activities. They must have had a reason for labelling them differently...to my novice mind, they seem both for the same purpose, to strengthen the muscles in that particular position, and perhaps to improve the state of being song in a particular position without the added stress or responsibility to balance in movement.
So, let me recap, to see if I understood this correctly, which I doubt...Dingshi is the static holding of the final phase of form movements for long periods of time...and Zhuangzhang is the static holding of non~form movements for extended periods of time???
Is that right?
Now, Jerry, why do you say that dingshi can be used as zuangzhang...?
Shugdenla...The BASICS you mention, are these Zuangzhang or Dingshi, please?
All in all, I AM confused!
Does anyone think that holding the positions prior to and following "the position" would be a valuable exercise...or would it confuse our poor neurological pathways? Or is there any other reason we should not pause at ANY moment in the form and just hold it to gain stregnth?
Or maybe I should ask this last question like this: Have you ever seen Master Jun stop an individual or class in midmovement, before they reached the final "position" and ask them to stay as such for any period of time....or is it completely unheard of?
Thank you for your help.
[This message has been edited by Pamela (edited 01-31-2006).]