If BP(iv ) – BP(v) is about leverage force, then BP(vi) is on spiral force.
Take note that doing BP(vi) alone is not a sufficient condition for achieving spiral force. For that you have to turn back and master BP(iii) because this exercise is to teach you to connect to the ground (more details on page 23 under 2.4 Stage 3 Ground Connect). This of course ties back to BP(i) which teaches the use of intention to achieve sung (page 22 under 2.2 Stage 1 Relax).
Important – take note of the bottom illustration on page 134. This is the one mistake everybody makes. When this happens your force will not come out even if your BP(iii) is correct.
If you get BP(iii) correct and perform BP(vi) without the mistake then you can right away demonstrate that you have force that is derived from the use of intention. This is a learning principle that I got not from the Dong style but from the style of GM Wei Shuren. The problem here is that every student will have a mindset that they can’t do it and hence they can’t. But with the use of verbal instructions to focus their mind I can get them to demonstrate that they have spiral force even on the first lesson within the first five minutes. Of course they can’t walk away with the skill or use it because they need to be able to do it intuitively and this is the part that takes time.
But its a stark contrast to something I read this morning on the Tai Chi Secret Movements FB group where someone wrote that after 25 years he is ready to channel the internal force and I couldn’t help but exclaim “what!” when I read it. Even more astonishing is the person saying that he had to learn to abide by emptiness. This is really crazy. What has this person been learning for the last 25 years???
In TaijiKinesis, the very first movement BP(i) is about sung at the beginning stage of practice. When the sung is achieved then the student will feel a sense of emptiness. Then he will be able to connect to the ground properly in BP(iii). All this is taught in the first lesson and this person is only starting to learn about it after 25 years?
No wonder Taiji has become somewhat of a joke of a martial art. I’m afraid that this student has been taken for a ride. As I wrote on page 26 TaijiKinesis Vol 1 from Years 6-8 the student should have some internal skills and not have to wait until after 25 years. If anything, after Year 10 one should be able to do the form properly now in line with the principles.
BP(vi) must be learned well because one of the fundamental attacking movements in our push hands game relies on this skill.