Have you ever actually broken an arm or a foot like this, with no apparent movement? Have you ever seen anyone else do that?
I took the training for it, but I never got beyond the larger circular methods. I don't know anyone who has actually gotten past that level, even with all the disciples I know.
Sifu showed some remarkable demonstrations of it, but I've never seen anyone else do it.
Not doubting it can be done, because I have seen Sifu do these things with my own eyes, just wondering how long it might take for your average bear, like me, to get there.
I know, it's different for each person, but after, now, about nine years of working on this method, I'm just now beginning to make my circles smaller.
Maybe it's another one of those things I'm just not "getting". There are many, many of those for me unfortunately.
Fortunately, what I do "get", I've managed to take to a fairly high level. But this isn't one of them, yet.
Any practical advice you might have for reducing the circles required would be greatly, greatly appreciated.
I do love the Ch'i Kung of the Wu style. Though it was several years after I began studying "breathing" that I knew that was what I was doing. We only ever said, as you say, "breathing" to describe this.
I thought, "what a lot of bother for breathing!" when I first started.
Little did I know....