INTERNAL POWER - FEET to HANDS
Tai Chi Single Leg Operations (SLO)
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In the past two months this summer, I've developed major upgrade in understanding and skill of applying the energy to a more interactive context, for example push hands. I have described the basics of energy-centric push hands in the PUSH chapter of JUICE book. All of that, in fact, everything in all of JPS (Juice, Peng, Surge) books needs to have been thoroughly read, practiced, felt, understood before anything in this post will make any sense at all. If you haven't begun to absorb that prior stuff, just leave right now because this post will only baffle and irritate you no end. Thanks. Bye!
So. I am working on a new book devoted to energy-centric push hands, a much more in-depth presentation than the chapter in Juice. Working title: Tai Chi Power YINJECTION.
This will not be a rush job, I have a huge amount of material to cover and I want to put it out in a way that maybe won't cause as much head-scratching as my prior stuff seems to have done.
That means this new book Tai Chi Power YINJECTION (see cover mockup, above) probably won't be out til early 2016 if then. Rome wasn't built in a day. Meanwhile however if you are that hardup for reading material please enjoy my wild new yoga/India book NAGENDRA (sequel to Siddhartha by Herman Hesse).
The unique focus of new Yinjection book will be that, though the real goal is developing energy for interactive activities (push and hopefully beyond) a good chunk of the focus will be on solo work you can do within the Zheng/Lo type of overall family of principles, poses, form, and drills that I've presented throughout JSP oeuvre.
As I said the book will not out for some time. This is going to be a real Bible of energy centric interaction, which has been pretty much a void in the marketplace. You see healing books on energy, and you see push hands presented as a catalog of techniques and/or physical/mechanical analysis, but there is very little comprehensive encyclopedic and in-depth presentation of energy centric interactive pre-combative training (in essence, that's what push hands should be).
Well I can't write the entire book here in this blog post, this is merely a teaser. But if you've read this far, I want you to have some take away from today's entry. So read carefully below and try it. Again though I cannot emphasize enough that this work is very advanced and will only have meaning to the ones (yeah both of you) who have actually started to work and feel the true ripple, the surge, stream and state of the real hidden energy of the whole body. Otherwise please believe me, you'll get nothing from this, you'll feel frustrated, call it fake, and it will be bad for everybody all around. Please do your JSP homework.
Now for those of you who really are qualified to play with this, I almost have to give you guys the same warning, in that at first even if you can feel this a little you may think what's the big fucking deal about it. Nothing too great there. That's where you'd be wrong. Have any of you been to California, where I lived for many years? One of the greatest things about California is the remaining coastal redwood groves. They have ancient redwoods over 300 feet tall and so thick you can drive a car through a hole cut in the base. But what's most amazing is that these things are still growing little pup trees as seedlings all around the base. And those seedlings are like a tiny bean sprout you might grow on a kitchen window ledge in your house. So you get this total freakout sensation: THAT becomes THAT? type of feeling. Same here if you work seriously with this drill and the dozens of other new things that Tai Chi Power YINJECTION will be packed with.
This drill is called the 2-Inch Wave. I know you're thinking of Bruce Lee now. Well, in the book I will go into depth on the striking aspect of this but for now, just forget Bruce Lee and 1-inch punch because as usual with me, we need to talk feet first - always.
Let me give you just a little background segue into the real drill. You should know (if you feel qualified to have kept reading this far) about the "full body soft wave" that I constantly emphasize. The details are all in the PENG book, or scattered through the JSP books in general. Basic idea (not just 'idea' it's a total reality) is that a wave of non-physical energy can be developed to rumble through your whole body, feeling much like a strong earthquake. Later it gets stronger and stronger the more you practice and also changes quality, developing alternate forms as 'stream' and 'state' which I've covered elsewhere also in JSP. But let's talk soft wave for this drill.
It basically feels the way this animation looks, but remember on the outside nobody should be able to see much. This graphic is just using visuals to try to convey the inner feel of it. If the wave can be seen by an observer it's the hard wave not soft wave (also covered elsewhere in JSP set).
Take a look:
Got that? That's a pretty good graphical representation of it. But notice that it covers the whole body. That's already really hard for most people to experience. Almost impossible I'd say, if they haven't read and worked with JSP/SLO materials, but even with JSP/SLO work it's not so trivial to get it running very strongly, on instant mental command. So keep working on that.
But assuming you have begun to get some results on that, if you understand and can relate do the picture above, now we can talk.
THE 2-INCH WAVE
For this work, you can theoretically use any Zheng/Lo pose, and in practice its easy to begin with one of the seven ideal sample poses in PENG book. In the very beginning using one of the three front-weighted (70/30 or what I call 80/20 poses in PENG book) especially our usual go to pose, Single Whip.
The 2-Inch wave is incredibly simple but unbelievably profound. Consider the space from just the absolute bottom of your foot, I mean the last layer of epidermis down there, where the skin meets the floor. Measure up from there to the crown of your ankle of that same foot. That's what I'm going to call 2-Inches distance. Sure for some people it might be a inch or so more or less, but you get the idea.
What you're going to do in the very first of these "solo Yinjection energy cultivation drills" is to work the same soft wave action that you see in the Tai Chi girl graphic above but within that 2-Inch range of both feet. Got that? In other words, the thickness of your feet, alone, is treated as the full height of your body in your mind. It's a bit related to the Greaves work I wrote about earlier but both simpler (because you don't do this with PileDriver you just stand upright in the regular pose) and harder / more subtle, because it takes some serious sensitivity to get started with this.
At first you might feel nothing. But if you keep at it, over time you'll feel it and not only that, you'll learn to control and intensify it. Then you'll have the opposite problem: the energy will surge up so strongly that you'll find it hard to limit the effect to just the thickness of the foot itself. The energy will surge up through you. Let that happen, no problem but mentally just calmly keep working the 2-inch foot thickness thing. It will intensify the overall body energy for other drills and the more general form work, which of course you don't give up, this is just another limited-time practice exercise like all the others, one of many.
But it's a very good one. You can learn to "cycle" it as with other drills I've given, meaning you tae a Zheng/Lo pose, and stand in it. Work say 5 attempts to surge the soft wave up, using your mind, from just the bottom of your soles to your ankles - only. Don't worry if it goes higher but don't target that, just keep to your program. You keep the work within your feet (both at same time is fine). Begin at the soles and when you feel it hit your ankles, reset and start again from your soles.
But every 5th time, quickly (using mind alone) "jump" the energy directly from soles of feet to ends of fingers BLAMMO! Just every 5th time or so. This will give you huge overall energy amplification.
Remember, everything you see in the full girl above is now happening within the foot, like this:
OK there is a lot more to be said but this will give you just the tiniest feel for what I'm trying to develop in the new stuff. Don't worry - in the actual book we'll get heavily into the arm and hand work but the key to real Tai Chi is all in the foundation.
Siddhartha: The Next Generation
(NOTE: The description below is the official Amazon blurb on Nagendra. To you, my own people here, I feel I have a responsibility to warn you that this is truly Siddhartha ON CRYSTAL METH, ok? Meaning that it's really wild, intense, R-rated for disturbing content of all kinds, this is emphatically NOT your Richard Bach type of Hallmark Card spirituality, nor LuluLemon yoga for a cute butt. OK? You've been warned! This is dark, wild, crazy, austere, intense and packed with authentic, amazing and challenging allusions and references to the Mahabharata at all levels - overt and covert. That said, this is a stand-alone novel, it is not necessary to have read Siddhartha, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavad Gita, or the Ramayana to follow this as a total acid trip of an adventure. Anyway, Nagendra is emphatically not your father's Siddhartha! Take note please. )
Nagendra is a profound, and profoundly entertaining, sequel to Herman Hesse's classic novel Siddhartha, which enchanted millions of readers and shaped the 1960s counterculture. Nagendra is the story of Siddhartha’s young son, who leaves his father and rejects his birth name, setting out on a spiritual adventure of ecstatic highs and soul-crushing lows in his quest for personal power – contrasting sharply with Siddhartha's pious yearning for purity and truth. As the youth traverses ancient India, from the sacred southern mountain Arunachala to the holy Himalayan city Badrinath, his fiery nature embroils him in a maelstrom of temporal and spiritual conflict, ardent love, world-shattering violence, and absolute despair. But the eternal hope of transcendence, enlightenment and unification with god, refracted through the timeless traditions of Tantra, Yoga, Indian martial arts and the great Indian epic legends, illuminates it all. With its intimate stylistic and thematic affinity to Siddhartha, Nagendra has the deep rhythm of a classic fable, while its frank engagement with the full spectrum of human passions imbues it with a uniquely searing intensity. Blending Hesse's gentle poetic sensibility with the austere wisdom of traditional Indian spirituality, Nagendra will shock your mind, grip your heart, and rock your soul.
The ARC (Accumulate-Rebound-Catch) flow is defined as feet to hands (via legs, trunk, head). That's a universal invariant and must be understood as the basis of everything.
But in practice, at a more advanced level, you can do an intermediate 'catch' phase of the rising foot/leg energy right at the waist, then kind of collect, intensify, and re-project through the upper body from the waist (a distinct phenomenon from the basic dan tian cultivation aspect which is different - that is the A-for-Accumulate phase in the ARC, while what I'm talking about here is variant stage of the C-for Catch phase of the ARC).
Basically you're learning to use the waist not as a crude physical element like "put yer waist/hips into it" in a boxing or wrestling gym, its an energetic thing where the waist is more like a transformer function in electrical power generation:
A transformer is an electrical device that transfers electrical energy between two or more circuits through electromagnetic induction. Commonly, transformers are used to increase or decrease the voltages of alternating current in electric power applications. [WIKI]
The first part of this waist-Catch thing is covered somewhat in Juice under the topic of "qi hai filling from below" but the upper part of it isn't really in there. I need to find a new/better way to present it... thinking!
This is incredibly fun to work with though. It has only the barest tangential relation to the physical motion of the waist, which of course a lot of methods emphasize very heavily but they are WAY overpowering it physically, and way over-analyzing/anatomizing/structurizing it mentally, thus completely crushing the life out of this incipient control mode before it can even get past the sproutling stage. But when you get it running WHOA that's wild.
More's the pity this is fun stuff. It can be worked best in the repeated sequences: Repulse Monkey and of course Cloud Hands as in PENG book - but most people are WAY overpowering and under-relaxing both these sequences, and also not catching and reprojecting the foot/leg sourced energy, just turning their waist for the hell of it like some kind of Jr. High School gym class warmup.
This is an amazing, kind of a super-highway shortcut effect within the ARC that I need to find a way to explain / train more effectively, stay tuned.
This whole question of the difference if any between Tai Chi and Qi Gong keeps coming up. I guess I haven't laid it out clearly enough yet.
First, for this post you gotta forget about all the other Tai Chi out there, sorry, not so much that I'm pimping my own stuff (as usual!) but in this case it's more of a technical point or the whole discussion will be too diffuse. So unless I specifically call out other ways of thinking about Tai Chi, in this post TC refers to the Zheng/Lo super-system, energy centric framework that's developed in detail in Cheng Manch'ing books but more specifically in my three books JUICE, PENG, and SURGE and very definitely the focus in my long form movie TAI CHI SINGULARITY. Don't like that? Don't agree with with me on certain subtle points of interpretation? Oooh! Say it ain't so! Well hey, feel free to ... you know!
In a way it's very simple, the most key thing that differentiates ZMQ/real Tai Chi from virtually any other Qi Gong thing out there, and also virtually every Kundalini type meditation system out there (and frankly from most so-called Tai Chi too for that matter, but let's keep the battle lines clear for now) is most essentially one thing:
In Tai Chi, the energy naturally reverberates up from your feet, fills the legs, is directed by the waist, fills the torso and head, and is channeled out through the hands.
Most people doing any kind of Qi Gong (apart from being tense as hell and totally unaware of their own tension) are focusing on their arms or maybe some point of their trunk or spine, but that's putting the cart WAY in front of the horse, in fact totally disconnecting the cart from the fucking horse right at the get go. People really want to jump ahead and feel stuff in their hands or head before they build the foundation. Not smart. Why not let it build naturally? That isn't really any slower in the long run, and much safer and far more powerful and pleasant. But people are lazy - they don't want to learn the proper way to work the legs and lower body, which seems distant, irrelevant, physically hard at the start, LET'S GET TO THE FUN STUFF type of mentality ... pity the fools. Well that's if they even "believe" in the whole idea of energy centricity, there are even more Paleolithic primitives out there who think its all fascia and cartilage connection or whatever the fake pseudo "scientific explanation of internal" is the fashion this month.
Now, it's mainly that reverberates up from your feet clause where the sheep are cut most forcefully from the goats. That's where the difference most especially comes in. But there are things that have obscured the issue up til now that I want to clarify. There are factors that make certain people THINK they have this whole foot/foundation thing covered when in fact they have not.
1. MACRO ORBIT Fallacy: In Daoist meditation, and in other forms, they sometimes/often talk about the 'macro cosmic orbit', which technically speaking DOES mention and focus on feet as well as hands, not just the Kundalini/spinal thing. So all good, right? Then it's the same as Tai Chi now, right? NOPE. See it isn't just being aware of your feet. There is this weird little bit of starter physicality to real Tai Chi, in the beginning you have to stand and relax in certain ways to get the foot wave going. So just because people talk about yong quan or macro orbit, don't be fooled! Accept no substitutes! The Macro orbit concept is not wrong of course, but it is just an idea, not a fully grounded Tai Chi practice method at all.
2. GROUND PATH Fallacy: Here we have a phrase that is used often, in a Tai Chi context, that truly seems to be exactly what I'm talking about, so we're already good, right? Nope. Again, it's a fish dragged across the trail but all the more dangerous because it smells (and sounds) so incredibly similar to the fox of real Tai Chi energy that we are pursuing. This Ground Path thing, in practice generally boils down to large men who have learned to relax into a physical bracing of their legs that helps them stand their ground against a smaller man and sometimes an equal size guy of lesser skill. Essentially it is nothing but the door brace security bar that is in the early chapters of PENG book. Now the guys who like this phrase will absolutely beat you to death with a claw hammer before admitting it, and you'll get all kinds of double talk about water and peng and everything but 99 out of 100 are not what I'm trying to talk about here. Can't be, because it's something that any large man can learn to do in about 2 weeks (or even one seminar) of coaching, a smart big guy will get the idea of this quickly. A bit of relaxation of the upper body, brace yourself down below, you're good. Again I'm not saying it wrong exactly, it's worse than wrong, it's irrelevant. As Napoleon said, it's worse than a crime, it's a blunder. This, no matter how they prate about the sophistication of it, is a PHYSICAL THING, subtler than muscling the other guy out but no connection to what I'm trying to put across here.
So what AM I trying to put across here? Hey wait, didin't I just write THREE FUCKING BOOKS explaining that, hmmm... !?! Basically it comes down to really working with SLO principles to get the ARC fully running.
What I'm talking about is the ARC. This is a true wave of something other than normal physical connection that ripples up your body from the feet and can be "caught" that is subtly controlled at both the waist and out to your hands so that over time you learn to fill your entire body with it and it TOTALLY BLOWS YOU AWAY. Now I'm the first to admit (read my shit guys!) that no matter what you feel in this mode, without additional training you'll have trouble getting on a UFC card. I've said that already. So can we please put that aside for now?
If you are willing to work with me, you will find this amazing thing in yourself. And maybe YOU will be the one to take it to some new height and restore the glory of the Yang family name! If not you, then who?
Only thing I can tell you right now is, whatever you, any of you, have felt from working some bits of my stuff since Juice and the others came out, you need to imagine 10,000 times what you've gotten, then 100,000x and on and on. It is the most amazing thing!
> It's incredible how so many people are getting these results without any side effects.
There are two reasons why the work explained in my book JUICE, PENG, and SURGE is so effective.
1. Zheng/Lo principles and mechanics. These two guys were/are absolute geniuses who managed to boil out all and only the bare minimum. Instead of trying to goop it up with a lot of chrome tail fins and other add-ons, they went the other way and found the real essence of the mechanics. Yet they didn't lobotomize/geld it either, like the typical 'Easy Tai Chi for Total Morons' class at your local senior center. I will say, and it sounds weird given how big Zheng Tai Chi became in the 60's all over the world, he is still under-appreciated for the true genius he was, even long-term ZMQ people don't understand the deep potential of the Zheng/Lo fusion. They still haven't dug deeply enough into it.
2. The other big thing that makes this stuff effective, safe, and pleasurable is one absolute that I have done, which is so totally brain-dead simple that it's embarrassing that anybody (me) had to go to so much trouble to put it across, but anyway the one thing I have done is simply to TAKE SERIOUSLY the one line that has been clearly written, openly in black and white, as the basis of Tai Chi art, and this line was written well over 100 years ago and is totally well known to every single Tai Chi teacher and student. But they don't really believe it, or if they do, they don't pursue it diligently enough.
And that line is nothing more than the the old chestnut as follows, most especially the red part:
Every single Tai Chi person in the universe knows this!
THE POWER COMES FROM THE FEET.
My sole contribution is just to take those lines seriously. Those guys meant what they said and said what they meant.
But how many follow it as an absolute tangible reality, until/unless they have read the description and explanation of the ARC in JUICE? Or if they do try to follow, they totally mutilate it into a physical / mechanical thing, like a football coach telling his linebackers they need strong legs to slam the tackle dummies. That has nothing to do with it! Typical mechanistic bullshit, and the Tai Chi teachers I'm talking about would never admit my characterization is accurate, but frankly that is what the 'understanding' of those Classic lines has been reduced to in the present fallen age. Those Classic lines above have nothing to do with physical use of the legs beyond what's needed to trigger the ARC.
This is something that Kundalini and Yogic meditators have also totally missed.
And if you are gonna get upset with me now for not fully translating the red text, or the entire lines above, then I can only laugh and say:
I have writen more than THREE HUNDRED PAGES of 'translation' of the red and black above, no more than a mouse-click away, for price of a movie date and it is called JUICE RADICAL TAIJI ENERGETICS.
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Somebody asked about Bend Bow pose in a recent comment. I demonstrate and give some teaching points on it in the clip below, from the time-stamp 10:20. Remember that ALL poses in the ZMQ have basically the same equal and infinite energy cultivation potential, don't get into magic totemism on this pose or that. The only differences are that some are easier to learn/perform than others, and some are good for highlighting certain energy effects that are expressed more subtly in others, so some are better for beginners to start to feel stuff. After a while it's all the same thing.
Today I have another high octane point of plutonium-grade training upgrade for you. Trouble is though that it all depends on your fully understanding the basic points of the PileDriver thing. They aren't like getting a PhD from MIT in nuclear engineering or anything. It isn't that hard really. But let's face it, people are dumb and lazy by nature (me too, but I just like this kind of weird stuff). And most importantly people are guided by inertia, almost a fear of really digging into something new and figuring it out and making it work. Much easier to just read a blog post, let the keystrokes stream smoothly by, then on to the next YouTube road rage vid.
Totally understandable! But you can imagine how hard that makes it for me trying to teach this stuff via books and films and blog because I have to keep reiterating the basics which are absolutely essential. If you don't understand AND practice the basics of the PileDriver, these Advanced/Refinement points (like the finger extension or today's thing) won't mean shit to you. Because you just see this blog post which is like 2% of the iceberg, and you jump up and try it once in your living room, without knowing THE BASICS that I list below, and you don't feel any goddamn thing. This you're gonna be like
FUCK THIS SHIT, ASSHOLE DON'T KNOW SHIT AND I COULD PROBABLY KICK HIS FUCKING ASS RIGHT ACROSS THIS HERE LIVING ROOM ANYWAY. STUPID POSING FUCKER ...
That's what you will conclude about my precious teachings. Which I don't really mind so much, no skin off my back, and after all, it is said: Creativity without opposition is like playing polo without a horse AHAHAHA! But I cry, not for myself, but for those who'll never know ...
God! Why do I bother even talking about this arrrrgh??
Anyway. Rant out of the way for today, let's get technical here. You really do need the PileDriver Basics, which are pretty much listed below:
1. You must understand the 5 Ben Lo Principles
2. You must know how to stand in correct Ben Lo 70/30 (or 80/20) front stance
3. You must know at least one of the specific ZMQ 70/30 full (named) poses
4. You must understand concept of Pinning the arms
5. You must know & have worked with the PileDriver basics, including the 'slump'; the mental self-check for lower body weight distribution before the 'rise'; the differential 80/20 weighting that is the heart of the SLO/PileDriver concept); the structure of the 'beam' in rising; the idea of 'greaves sequestration'; last joint fingers extension; etc.
It sounds kinda tedious I admit, overly complex maybe but if you work with it day to day, you will naturally come to understand and absorb it. As I said no matter how intimidating it looks, it isn't really all THAT hard and well worth exploring a few minutes every day. But you have to at least TRY to do it right! Check yourself! This is a real 'thing' don't just sloppily do whatever crummy Tai Chi you learned at some senior center 20 years ago and hope for the best. Won't cut it. Work with this, take it on as a specific precise skill and get it right. It really pays off like a hundred key's of China White.
All the above wonky/techy points on the PileDriver are exhaustively covered in my books PENG and SURGE and on several YouTube vids, and most especially in my long Vimeo movie Tai Chi SINGULARITY, and in many blog posts here at TCGS. *pant*
So, I'm gonna assume you have taken to heart everything above, 'k? Mm?
Then, here's today's advanced PileDriver teaching. It involves the sacrum and pelvis. Don't worry you won't have to haul out your Gray's Anatomy as in most mechanistic Tai Chi of the present day, it's pretty simple.
The main visible action of the PileDriver is the 'slump' and 'rise' of the upper body, but most especially noticeable in the chest, neck and head. Everything from mid-back upwards noticeably inclines forward, with the pivot point being roughly the ling tai point in center of lower line across shoulder blades. That's as it should be, but when you've worked a long time with the PD, you will notice that your pelvis also naturally participates in the slump. Not to a huge degree, as for the most part your lower body is rooted and invariant in this work.
But naturally the pelvis will tilt a bit forward as you slump, which means it will correct back again to upright/straight as you rise. The degree of angle won't be nearly as extreme or as visible as the more upper part of the torso, but it will happen. You can get a huge internal power boost from just noticing this simple physical effect.
Your 'rise' begins of course from the soles of the feet. You use the 'greaves sequestration' idea to really focus your energy there, that is 90% of the 'rise' game. But as you come up, devote 9% of your mind (while keeping your focus mainly on the soles/greaves, the physical work of the single leg piledrive per se), but just 9% of your mind, put onto your SACRUM surface. Don't worry about any one 'point' just the hand-sized surface of the sacrum, as the natural pelvic tilt is naturally correcting itself during the rise. For just an instant you'll really feel the strong connection between your soles/greaves and that small-ish (palm sized) sacral surface. Then continue/finish the rise and of course the last-joint finger extension thing is the final 1% as I've covered in previous posts.
FOR THIS TO WORK, YOU MUST HOLD THE SOLES-TO-SACRUM CONNECTION FOR AN INSTANT DURING YOUR RISE. SACRUM BY ITSELF IS NOT THE REAL SHIT
The good thing is that this is a natural by-product of the rise, that's happening anyway. Not a big fetishistic/aesthetic physical thing as in other methods, it's just a touch of mentality, awareness that triggers a huge energy rush. So don't turn this into another posture Nazi method. It's purely an energy thing, triggered by the mind. Just una poca de gracia, a touch of grace, that's all!
Got that? It's an amazing, brilliant energetic effect, but since it depends on getting everything else right, I can't really have any high hopes that anybody will be able to work with it seriously.