Sen-no-sen in Taijiquan

 

In Japanese martial arts, there are words in mind field such as “Sen no Sen”, “Tsui no Sen”, and “Go no Sen”.

There is a similar teaching in Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art.

“彼不动己不动,彼微动己先动” is the word of Master Wu Yuxiang.

“If he doesn’t move, I don’t move, and if he makes a slight movement, I will move first.”

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Demon Slayer Breathing Method

Taiji-Breathing   Total Concentration

What is the breathing method who masters martial arts?

 

Manga, TV anime, and movie of “Demon Slayer” are booming not only in Japan but also in Taiwan and China. In this story, each swordsmanship school names breathing, such as “water breathing,” “flame breathing,” and “wind breathing.” In addition, the highest-ranking swordsman of the demon slayer corps is called a “Hashira”, and the minimum requirement for “Hashira” is to have a “total concentration” breathing method.

 

What is the presence of breathing for those who are trying to master martial arts?  What kind of breathing method do they have if the people who have entered the highest stage of martial arts?

 

Let me consider about the breathing method of “total concentration”.

 

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Martial arts – Taking the midline

Taking the Midline
Natural Stance

 

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 Science – Kinetic Chain

太極拳 三節 纏絲勁
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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Silk Reeling Force

纏絲勁  缠丝劲
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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Insubstantial-Substantial

太極拳 武術の虚実転換
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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Palm Strike

太極拳 搂膝拗步 樓膝拗步
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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