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Lately I’ve been teaching how to control these 3 lines as part of combat learning.
This is not something I created but its part of the generic principles that make up the model of traditional Chinese martial arts.
Even then I don’t see many CMA practitioners use this principle. Sure, some may know about it and even give a discourse on it. But to see them being used freely whether in push hands or sparring is a rarity.
If you understand the trio then you have better control over what you do. You also do yourself a favor by eliminating some of the bad habits of modern practitioners of CMA.
I recently looked at a video that someone proudly proclaimed is about their style. What I saw was very crude, almost non-mastery of the principles of the style in contact, sticking sparring. I saw lots of strength resisting, bridge climbing, loss of structure, lack of control of balance, etc. I have to say that boxers would fare so much better when it comes to using the principles of boxing.
Again, if I have to make a guess I would say this lack of mastery is due to fast food mentality. On reflection I have to say that the old saying of spending 10 years to learn one style has merits. Its today’s impatient learner that fails to see the advantage of doing so. In the end, more time has to be wasted to unlearn the bad habits before good habits can be picked up properly. Or perhaps the person just never know and end up transmitting what is wrong to the next generation.
Oh, for those who are curious about the 3 lines there is mention of it in The Ip Man Question.