Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Taiji Classic said "to 'understand the force', we have to harmonize Yin and Yang".
But what does this mean?
The idea of "soft embodies the hard and the hard embodies the soft" sounds great but it brings you nowhere.
It does not mean, as those misinformed speculate / imagine, using 50% hard force and 50% relaxed force.
Yin and Yang, in the context of "understanding the force" (and in the "Know Your Own Self Stage" to be more specific), refer to the Yin portion (the contracting muscle group) and the Yang Portion (the extending muscle group) of the body.
To understand what is the harmonization of the Yin and Yang, you have to know what it meant by Turning Yin and Yang Upside Down.
The classic was referring to the harmonization of the contracting muscle group and the extending muscle group, so that these two antagonistic muscle groups work together.
Workable? Yes, but to achieve this you need the "bowl" to deal with the "fire" and the "water".
What represents the bowl?
Think about it.