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Its been about a year and a half since starting the Practical Method, and after putzing around with so many different conceptions of posture, movement, and skill; finally something clicked in. Even though Master Chen Zhong Hua and most of his students have this dynamic quality to their moves, it doesn’t mean much force is being used. After weekly going about trying to replicate such moves, fast, slow, hard, and soft, I kept noticing day in and day out that I was still using too much force. Every little extra bit of force added into the form build momentum, and by the time you reach the end of the form it is a great cascade. Because of the building momentum, my form became blotchy, forgetfull, and broken apart. The fluidity between the forms became stop and go, as I had to put the brakes on continually between movements. In putting the breaks hear and there, the momentum would manifest in a different way, and upward rushing of yang, where my mind would jostle and then say to its self, what do I do next? Did I do that? Did I just do a movement 3 steps ahead. The mind wants to cut corners all it can, especially when it is racing ahead.

Finally when it was suggested to do three yi lu to one Ehr lu, was it then that I could see my extremes, and then I could start slowing things down. I could feel the excess, and only discipline in completing the moves could I finally make the form continuous.

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Finally back from my trip to Tokyo with a crowning climb up Mt Fuji.

Coming back has been a little unsettling trying to settle into my practice once again. After many years of studying Yang style and combination forms, it was time to learn the proper styles. First taking on the competition forms, I had a chance to get a taste of Wu and Sun. Now, it is time for Chen. This is difficult, for it Chen being the original form seems the most flourished and alien from its off shoots. One could see clearly the differences in the other forms and derive one from the other. But to go right to Chen, is something that will have you relearning your Tai chi once again. It is definitely unique in it being the mother of the others. If one where to consider an element for the forms, one could ascertain Yang being strong and firmĀ  to be Earth, Wu hao compact and direct as Wood, Sun fast and light as Metal and Wu dynamic as Fire. Chen being the mother of the other forms fluid and containing as Water.

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