Nei Jia as a Movement paradigm
In Nei Jia we been explore how to access our own intrinsic movement. We examine, by doing and hence feeling, the concepts of pre-movement and micro-movement. Humans are like sharks – we die if we don’t move – but Nei Jia is unique in that it uses the framework of a proximal-distal expansion/contraction movement cycle. This is not movement for movement’s sake just to access ‘the flow’. There are foundational elements that repeat again and again no matter which aspect of Nei Jia you’re practicing: dynamic joint mobility and decompression, use of the core musculature to provide a counter oppositional force to lateral movement, full body movement by engaging the body’s core vibrational pilot wave, the use of a form framework to investigate the body’s structural alignment. And the list goes on…These foundation elements can be summarised succinctly: Li-Chi-I.
Spirals... the basic Ba Gua walk in our System is toe heel rather than heel toe. If one is toe heel and the other heel toe you can't be prescriptive about how to walk - they're both 'correct'. We do heel toe in tai chi and toe heel in Ba Gua so what's going on? Ba Gua walk forces you to place the lateral part of the foot down first. You’d do this naturally doing heel toe walk but there are so many personal variations that if you did this whilst walking heel toe you’d probably miss what's going on. The bones of the foot are designed that the spiral diagonal movement to the big toe i.e. to the medial part of the foot occurs. The foot in fact is shaped like a massive propeller. But the talus is mediating and allowing this spiral movement such that it’s transmitted to and through the rest of the body. So we're surfing on our talus...
So this is why you have to learn the whole 3 Nei Jia arts as one system: they complement each other. People that teach Tai Chi and other such systems and who also come from a misguided concept of 'soft' increase their proponents/students own confidence in their martial ability - detrimentally. I'm saying that doing that type of practice gives false confidence. Hsing i for example has more connections to bare knuckle boxing than nearly all those woo 'masters' on YouTube realise.
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