8 energies and 5 directions to learn and practice:
Introduction to the classic 8 Energies of Tai Chi
The Energies or ’Jin” are concepts often difficult to describe as it is far more beneficial to experience them first hand. Each Jin can be dependant upon internal intention and external body movement or strategy.
Peng and Lu are the two base elements:
Peng – can be seen as expanding, growing, searching, filling, connecting. Like a balloon or car tyre, although soft and flexible, has a strength. It is neutral in effect, although is used to uproot, bounce or crush.
Lu – It is absorbing into a void or emptiness. Needing the connection from Peng then drawing away or disappearing.
Ji – A releasing event – an attempt to penetrate an opponent’s integrity.Represented by gathering and compressing or squeezing
Aan – This is a like being heavy, a release like a wave often described as a push or press. Using gravity to displace one’s own mass. It can look like pushing with the palms, although a lightness in the hands is necessary.
Kao – Interpreted as Shoulder strike, more as a torque-based centripetal/fugal force moving onto a target.
Zhou – Referred to as Elbow.. works in conjunction with Kau to release the energy trapped by its’ qualites
Cai – Pulling or grabbing
Lie – Concentric circular intersection. Separating, dividing.
Much needed, often neglected practice and understanding of footwork and methods of changing weight, moving and altering direction.
Forward, backward, to the right and left, centre
more to come……