Thinking is hard work. Using the grey cells to work the intention is even harder, more tiring than working up a sweat.
But without using the mind to work the body, to infuse our movements with awareness and refined control then how do we realize our objective of acquiring power without having to tone up or bulk our muscles?
Good biomechanics requires refined movements. At a certain level a refined movement is really a function of mental control. So we must work the brain power.
Beginning Posture is actually a good fun place to work the grey cells. So if you are looking to increase your ability to use refined strength then you would be right at home here. The lowering part of the arms is good for developing heavy arms which can be used throughout the form.
If you want to test your mastery of the lowering arms part of Beginning Posture you can check your understanding in Brush Knee, Twist Step. Go on, try it. See if you can do a good, strong deflection to stop your partner’s attacking arm and discourage him from trying to attack you further. If you time it right the movement should send your partner’s arm flying off course; at certain positions the impact may even cause your partner’s arm to be momentarily numb from the impact.
Expressed this way a yin movement can be used as a yang movement. So a defensive move can be an offensive move. Yes, I know – this can go against the notion of Taiji as a gentle art. But have you seen the gentler sex fight? What was the saying? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? This is why the yin part of the Taiji diagram is not completely yin but contains a hint of yang.