Greetings Jungle Low Fei,
There are a few points I'd like to address from your posting, if I may...
<Yes, the topic is somewhat related...but the result is different...I don't want to remove the opponent...the intent is to bring the others chi to a standstill of sorts...redirecting his/she chi to his advantage until it balances itself out...is the outcome...I can already do it, I just needed the name.> JLF
Well...I can neither execute, nor properly label that particular skill myself...Unfortunately...Wish I could have been of more service.
But I understand conceptually what you describe...I think.
<It takes time and practice of chi exercising> JLF
Practice of chi exercising? Perhaps you could clarify your statement...describe in further detail what you mean by that expression..."chi exercising"? I am not sure in whiat context you are speaking.
Taijiquan terminology is not an exact, universal language, as far as I know, and so would like to make certain of what you are describing before commenting or questioning, if you don't mind.
<I've been studying for thirteen years now and am still finding new ways of blossoming.> JLF
Very nicely expressed...I too expect to follow a similar path of sewing, cultivating, pruning...blossoming...
You also wrote,
<I started taking on students that are no longer interested in the use of chi...they want to know names...waste of time...in a way...but I guess names serve a purpose too...>JLF
I consider interest in chi and interest in labels or names to be two different subjects.
I have been told, moreover, that chi should not be focused upon...manipulated...it is more of a by-product of good form...
I believe the importance of posture names and terminology is limited, as you suggest.
are helpful in leading a class of beginners.
they are necessary tools for historical... textual...conveyance and documentation.
Useful for Taijiquan philosophy discussion
More vastly encompassing, I believe can be used in conjunction with qualified demonstration, instruction and "gong fu ", practice, will lead to a well balanced, comprehensive student, practitioner of Taijiquan.
For example, it is not altogether essential to hear of, learn all the passages concerning the "threading of the nine pearls" in taijiquan philosophy, if one has the ability to grasp the meaning of and achieve implementation of it with "upper body/lower body" movement connotations provided at Yang seminars.
If one can understand how to achieve continuous flowing movement without further analogies to "silk reeling" that's just great
but they can be helpful doorways to understanding...or understanding more deeply.
Not exactly essential or necessary,
not all that detrimental either.
If one sacrifices concentration in form to recite the commands in his head then he is detracting from the meaning, efficiency and results of his practice.
If one is trying to recall if it was "zhan" or "lian" while he's pushing hands, I should say there is a problem.
All in all, I think posture names and technical terminology are mostly tools for teachers, historical documentators and overall for those dedicating their lives to propigating Taijiquan in it's traditional sense.
There are many views on philosophy...unlike the posture names and termionology,I personally believe it is valuable to the student as well as the propigators, historians and teachers.
I find that textual explanations can enhance and add further detail, therefore, comprehension to a matter which has been demonstrated, but not verbally explained in depth.
A demonstration presented to a student with basic theoretical knowledge and understanding will be more easily and deeply absorbed and assimilated.
I find the two work efficiently together...if used in a well balanced system.
Others may differ in their opinions, these are only the humble ramblings of a beginner to Taijiquan.
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 12-16-2003).]