And now………….. we are an hour and three quarters past the witching hour. I’m still up reviewing TaijiKinesis Vol 2.
I’m done for now. In a few hours time I will get it ready for posting to WordPress.
Its taken me more than a year to complete it. In fact, its more than a year overdue. But its finally done.
Vol 2 is a continuation of Vol 1 and goes into detail how we practice the form through the use of intention, imagery and biomechanics. The core method used is that which I learned from my teacher who is the sole disciple of Master Tung Hulin in Singapore.
The original method which my teacher taught had no name but to avoid confusion I have elected to call it the method of the 3-Count and 5-Count. The 3-Count is the first method which I learned.
The second method, the 5-Count, was taught a few months later. It is but an extension of the 3-Count method and proved to be practical for use in free form push hands. Teaching it today to students they are surprised to find that Taiji done properly requires a lot less movements and strength than expected.
One would be curious as to why this is so. Later I found that the 5-Count is a simplified way of expressing the principle of the 9-Pearls which is a high level principle in Taijiquan. No wonder it is such an effective tool.
So in Vol 2 I am introducing readers to this aspect of Yang style Taijiquan as transmitted through Master Tung to my teacher. I know it is not widely known at the time I learned it as I have seen other teachers of the Tung style and none of them were doing it or even knew that this method existed.
It was not surprising then to see that their push hands flavor was predominantly the push and shove type rather than the soft, serpentine type of flavor employed by my teacher or Master Tung in the well known push hands video that can be found on Youtube.
To my students Vol 2 will be the textbook for how this form is taught at the beginner’s level.
Time to sleep.