<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Bottom line if no chanssujin is manifested (externally or internally) then the form, regardless of expression will be 'dead', as it were.</font>
I am always curious whan the term chansijin is used to describe Yang Style. For Yang Stylists who consider it a key concept for their practice, what does it mean and why is it important?
How does it manifest itself externally in postures such as the Opening Posture, Push, and the Preparation Posture? If there is no external manifestation, how do you "Match up internal and external" as required by the Ten Essentials?
Do you "spiral" the Dantian? If so, how do you "time" your spirals?
Do you "spiral" your hips as you step? If not, why is this an exception?
I should clarify that I have received a fair amount of instruction from Yang Stylists for whom chansijin was an important practice concept; however, they were more interested in "Taijiquan" as a whole than in any particular distinctiveness "Yang Style" might have to offer. As a result, what I learned aboutchansijin was basically identical to the Chen Style approach, but does not seem to match what I have read or seen from the Yang family.