Sunday, January 23, 2022

You know your are doing "internal", when...



1.) How do you know, not just "believe" you are doing "internal"? 2.) Well, can't you see "internal" movement on Master Hwa since he does not wear one of those Tai Chi uniforms that is so big it makes a tentmaker envious? 3.) My question to a Tai Chi instructor in 1977: "Can you show me an "internal" movement? He said: I'm doing it but you can't see "internal movement". 4.) So if you can see it on Master Hwa but some teachers say you can't see it on them, others, or yourself, how do you know? 5.) Why not ask, why you can't see it instead of "believing" a teacher and ask what can I do to "get it"?

In Classical Tai Chi, you know that you are doing "internal" by self-examination (seeing) where the movement is originating in the torso of your body. In fact, you know whether anyone is doing "internal" by examining (seeing) their movements. You can see these things for yourself in your own body but as you progress you can feel (tactile) whether the movement is originating inside or outside the torso.
Master Wu Chien Chuan passed this on, that every move has to have Yin and Yang (not moving and moving) parts of the body and those are either in the torso (internal) or they are not (external). The moving and not moving parts form a "junction" called a Yin/Yang pair. One part of the "pair" moves and the other part does not move.
Much Tai Chi says it is "internal" but ask yourself the following question when you see it: 6.) Is the movement originating in the torso or is it originating in an extremity outside of the torso such as arms, legs, etc. ? You also have to reckon with the fact that any "extremity" is the furthest point or limit of something and that internal is always situated on the inside.

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