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Page 7 - Finding Qi in Internal Martial Arts

Blending of the Poles III: Lightness of touch

By lightness, I am speaking of mental and physical aspects in respect to both healing and martial. Lightness of touch moves energy and Will through physical form in refined ways. The presence of this quality indicates lessening of the influence of the grossly physical in favor of sensitivity and refinement. Sensitivity and refinement of the nervous system indicates the tenuous merging of mind, will and structure. An adept applying this principle manifests skill as a slight touch that has a lot of effect in throwing, off-balancing or demonstrating power. A by-product is a profound effect on the practitioners nervous system, an attribute that speaks to the arts of the yogi and leads to development of a heightened and specialized control of the nervous system. With experience, these skills extend beyond physical boundaries of the practitioner as one becomes increasingly imbued intuitively knowing how to sense and adapt to minute changes in the opponents energy flow, structure, position and even intent.


In conclusion

For internal arts to maintain their relevance and meaning for future generations the true essence of the art must be revealed to the next and the next generation. This is best done with eliminating the tendency to be drawn toward either the pole of physical mechanics or sensitivity and internal energy.

Three ways that might be helpful in blending of the poles are finding the secret of sung, by incorporating Daoist yoga into ones training, and by learning to produce power and effect through lightness of touch. My hope is that the development of internal energy will have social benefits and will contribute to the evolution of mankind. 


John Bracy

John Bracy, author of Ba Gua: Hidden Knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art, founded the Hsing Chen Association for Internal healing and Martial Art in 1976. He has thirty-five years experience in the field and is a formal lineage disciple of masters Yi Te-Kuen of Taipei and the late Liu Xing-Han of Beijing. He currently teaches the internal martial arts in Orange County, California and works as a medical consultant with a holistically oriented physician in Los Angeles. His current projects include the development of research protocols to test and integrate Daoist yoga and traditional Chinese medicine with modern medicine. He can be contacted via email at seafu@earthlink.net or via the website: www.chi-arts.com


©Reprinted from Qi Journal, Summer 2002 issue


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