In martial arts, it is often said to “taking the midline”, but what does that mean?
In my understanding, it’s a moment that makes the opponent think they lose it.
In other words, this is the moment you think you got it.
In striking martial arts, I think it is sometimes explained together with “Sen no Sen (Anticipative initiative)”.
I think it can be explained from a mechanical angle.
“Take the midline” is an expression not found in Chinese martial arts, but I would like to talk about it from my experience in martial arts.
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Taijiquan Kinetic Chain
There are many books that describe the theory of Taijiquan, but most of them are quite difficult to understand because the words used are vague.
I would like to explain scientifically through my experience.
Taijiquan uses the energy of “Qi”.
I must say that “Qi” itself has no power to fall the person down.
The mind of “Yi” is important factor in Taijiquan.
However, when I say, “Use Yi, don’t use strength.” it makes no sense to the general public.
“Qi” and “Yi” concepts are in an intangible world. If you try to talk about these things, you will get struggled to explain how in proper way.
Then what should I do? Taijiquan uses “Jin”.
This “Jin” is a force that acts directly on the opponent, and can be accurately described and talked in physics.
This time I would like to talk about Taijiquan from the point of “Jin” aspect because it is the science.
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Fair Lady Shuttles 玉女穿梭
Taijiquan has a technique called Fair Lady Shuttles. With the suppleness of a woman like, you invite the enemies on the left and right, and defeats them alternately like shuttle loom weaving. The shuttle means a left and right movement.
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In Chen Taijiquan, Six-seal and Single whip are the techniques used as a set. Nowadays in our period, Taijiquan has been loosing martial arts aspects gradually.
Only the form has remained, and its application seems to be unknown to the public.
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太極拳 拳打 爆炸勁
What is Taijiquan Punch?
Taijiquan is north-style martial arts, and is based on the technique of shooting through.
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Taijiquan Toe Kick
If I am asked what the most commonly used kick in Taijiquan, it will be a toe kick.
In a street fight, it is natural to kick the opponent’s abdomen with the toes of leather shoe, and becomes an effective technique.
Let me explain it.
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Silk Reeling Force
One of the characteristics of Tai Chi is that it is Silk Reeling Force.
Silk Reeling Force stays tense and connects the whole body.
Neutralizing Force (化勁) and Exploding Force (發勁) of Tai Chi could not be explained without the Silk Reeling Force.
I would like to discuss the essence of Silk Reeling Force based on Chen Tai Chi, the origin of Tai Chi.
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Upper lower kinetic chain Cloud Hands
Tai Chi is based on the movement of the whole body linked.
There is a word that most accurately describes that condition.
“Upper and lower body following each other”
Let me explain.
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Insubstantial / Substantial in Martial Arts
Understanding “Substantial / Insubstantial” leads to learning the essence of martial arts.
No matter how powerful strike ability you have,
If you could not hit the opponent, you could not get the effect.
A punch delivered intentionally to beat the other can be easily escaped,
Unconscious punches are hard to be avoided.
Here is the difficulty of martial arts and the depth of artistic elegance.
So what does it mean to be unconscious?
Let’s talk about the essence of martial arts.
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Taijiquan Brush Knee and Twist Step
Tai Chi mainly uses palm strikes instead of fist strikes during fighting.
It would be a fist strike has more power than a palm strike.
Do you have such question?
Let’s answer the question.
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