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Page 3 - Philosophy and Principles of Taijiquan
A proverb handed down by the most celebrated Master Wang Zongyue to disciple Jiang Fa (b. 1574):
"Loosen your muscles and joints;
Pervade your fighting spirit to skin and hair.
Articulate all members, move in unison;
Light, lubricous moves derive from centering.
A classic excerpt from Zhuangzi, tr. by JYZ:
To-and-fro on a ring, tend toward its centre;
Whereby you manage myriad changes."
From a book by Master Liu Rui (b.1939), a dictum, "Maintain the three verticals":
(i) Pull in the chin for the head vertical;
(ii) suck in the belly to lessen spinal curvature for the trunk vertical;
(iii) to take a step make the lower leg vertical, favorable for balance, for centering.
© Qi Journal, Summer 2004
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