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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Peng Jin (掤勁)

太極拳 倒巻肱 掤捋擠按 掤勁
Taijiquan Reverse Reeling Forearm 1

 

What is the “Peng (掤)” of Tai Chi Chuan?

 

In Tai Chi, it is often said that the opponent’s attack is neutralized by “Hua Jin (化勁)”.

However, it is not easy to deal with quick punches and kicks with “Huajin”.

To make it possible, a skill supported by tradition is necessary.

 

Now, let’s explain the “Peng (掤)” of “Peng Lu Ji An(掤 捋 擠 按)”.

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Bow Stance Walk 4

太極拳 弓歩 順歩突き
Punch with Bow Stance

“An(按)” in Tai Chi is not just a push.

“An(按)” is Tai Chi’s fourth motion and it means a hit.

Tai Chi’s fourth motion produces a powerful impulse by using spiral force (纏絲勁) in the lower body.

 

Let’s explain “An(按)”, Tai Chi’s fourth motion, in bow stance position.

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Bow Stance Walk 3

並進運動 弓歩 太極拳
Translational Motion – Bow Stance Walk

 

Ji(擠) in Tai Chi is a teleportation movement to get in the opponent fighting barrier.

It is the action of taking the opponent’s midline and is related to the gait.

There’s nothing more scary than an enemy’s fist or face appears in front of you instantly.

 

Let me explain more.

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