February 23, 2007 at 8:21 am #21305
WARNING: it is stupid to lock joints for practice. It is only a demonstrating act.
The truth of lie: locked joints in tai chi
locking the joints and karma of teachers
bagua: locking the knees in circle walking
wu tai chi: locking the elbows
yang lu chan: locking the knees and elbows
hung gar: elbow locks
ninpo: locking the knees and elbows
(there are specifics to approaches and intent)
locking a joint makes that the yang hand/leg yin, which inturn makes the other hand, that was before yin, now yang
a change very subtle in rhytm
if you will see man only once, say a ‘lie’: if he truely believes the teaching, he will be stress to be taught the hurting way. But if he is smart, he will figure out the intent behind the instruction,
like the shaolin say: do not do what we do, do the reasons we do
differentiating locking the elbows and knees: elbow locks are instructions for middle/upper dan tien (shoulder blades), while knee joints are instructions for full expanding of left/right side of lower dan tien (kwa), though ultimately central channel is a central channel, the full lenght.
This is a lesson for third decade. If you will not see the human again, tell him the instruction now and let him figure the rest himself.
The first decade instructions are simpler so he is actually given the gift.
There is of course the other way. Say the human: do not lock the joints, unless you know what are you doing.
But watching other fellow humans torture each other with closed hearts, perhaps it was a survival issue.
Similar approach have hatha yoga people. It was taught to the masses, yet it was a royal art. So it was expected that you can read the asana, even if instructor is normal. And suffering the norm.
PS: Do not lock any joint unless you really know what you are doing.
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