Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reaching 18,000 yilus

On Apr. 22, 2016, I reach 18,000 yilus.  From 17,000 to 18,000 yilus, I have noticed the following:

  1. During push hands, I am starting to experience that opponent's power either stays in front of me or I can let go past me from either side by keep a dot in me not moving. It is as if they are touching the surface and not the centre.
  2. I am also able to explain things based on separation of yin and yang or rotation. It is like I can see that pattern in various ways.
  3. During push hands, I am focusing on the the setup. When I can get that setup, both the opponent and I will know that moment and the opponent suddenly collapses and falls straight down. That fall will need no power, just a poke. However, before that moment, a lot of effort is put into maintaining my structure and sneaking myself into the target position.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to use the waist - Push Hands Live Broadcast at Daqingshan

Tonight, I was able to see how Master Chen Zhonghua used his waist to apply indirect power. It was very clear to me for the first time. It was as exciting as seeing the "line" for the first time back in 2011. The action was like that of a nutcracker. He also showed how to handle when the opponents always held on to both of his wrists. Don't fight at the wrists (contact point), don't try to get your wrist off the hold.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Notes for Empty (Jakarta 2015) Online Video


  1. When you go low, the vertical rod will come out. How low? Go until you can't move anymore. A small poke will cause you to fall.
  2. Go for size.
  3. We need to make the body evenly stretched out. When you are even, you are empty.
  4. We will only feel the protrusion and indentation, e.g. we will feel a bump or hole on the ground, but not really the ground normally.
  5. Wuji means nothing, but it also means everything is there.
  6. Become ONE.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

What's the dot?

Master Chen Zhonghua often mentions the Dot, so what's the dot?  In my current understanding, there are three kinds of dots:
1) One in my body
2) One in the opponent's body
3) One in outside of my and opponent's bodies (somewhere in space)

Any one of these dots is a fixed point.  It is a point that does not move. If it is in my body, this dot is not moved by my actions.  If it is in the opponent's body, it is a point that does not want to be moved, it is also the source of power. If that point is moved, the opponent has no power.  If it is in space, it is created by my interactions with the opponent to go around this fixed point.  This third kind is very difficult to have, and Master Chen can demonstrate it.

How to put my leg behind the opponent's leg on the same side to execute a throw?

Previously,  one of the problems I have had when attempting this particular kind of throw is not being able to put the leg at the right position fast enough before the opponent detects it and counter-throws instead.  Today, I realize that key is not about how fast I can put my leg at the right place, it is about locking the opponent's front foot such that he cannot move it at all.  When he can't move that foot, I can all the time I want to put it in the right place, which also requires my leg to be very deep behind and under his leg.  In order to lock his front foot, I need to create a line between his front hand and his rear foot, and then rotate his top towards his front foot. In order to put my leg deep enough behind the opponent's leg, my other foot, which is my supporting foot, need to be very close to opponent's front foot too. As I move my free leg, that support leg and my structure need to be solid and fixed, so the opponent can't stop my free leg at all. When my free leg is placed at the target position, it needs to be bent and touching the opponent leg. When that leg is straighten, the opponent's front foot support will be taken out by the leg lever, and he will be rotated and fall.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In order to move down, I have to stretch down and equally up

The other day I was pushing hands with Laipeng, I was focusing on a point not to move (let's say the middle of my chest). In order to get him to fall backwards, I figured that I had to go lower than him. Since I couldn't move a point, I realized that I had to stretch down, and equally up in order to get to the new position. This is the way to maintain the non-moving dot.