Had a nice visit to captiolhilltaichi.com in Lincoln park, Washington D.C. Had a brief discussion with a student on my recent training in Yang Taijiquan and structural integrity testing of the postures with Coach Pei at USWA and also Yiquan post standing drills with Rick Smith from Capitolqigong.com
Internalizing Taijiquan standing method he uses:
1. Holding the post posture and visualizing the 3 jin lou channels (jin lou, path of force, not jing lou or meridian path in acupuncture): hold tree posture, “Wu Ji” standing, ect. use of static standing postures.
2. Slowly sinking and rising drill with hands (similar to the sinking/rising drill from William CC Chen seminar).
3. Using holding Taijiquan postures: examples- ward off left, Pipa, etc. visualizing the three channels. Example: if weight is sinking into left leg, visualize the left channel going through body and down through the leg (inner and outer portion of leg).
4. Begin Slow movement using a singular fundamental posture: push, brush knee, etc. shifting weight to and fro.
5. Push hands drill: Beginning adding slow non-force pushing with partner. Push them out via the standing method, allow energy from foot and spine, and their own force push them away. Go slow and exact.
While the 3 channels is something I have heard of in Esoteric Buddhism and Yoga, I have not heard them used in standing, but can see them as valuable. In regards to Taiji and standing, they obviously are not used the same way as in yoga. Standing, the channels are visualized as a feeling for rooting, stability, and structural awareness/integrity.
3 channels video, standing qigong video from Fernando Bernall:
comment on 3 channels in Yoga:
Esoteric 3 channels from Sahaja yoga:
Left channel (ida nadi) The left channel (moon channel) corresponds to our past, emotions and desires. Its pure state represents the qualities of deep joy, love, compassion, music and art. However, we are prone to left side problems such as emotional attachments, depression, low self esteem and feelings of guilt.
Right channel (pingala nadi) The right channel (sun channel) corresponds to our actions and planning. However, we are prone to right side problems such as egoistic behaviour (selfishness), arrogance, pride, anger (violence) and hatred.
Central channel (sushumna nadi) The Central Channel is the balance of the other two channels. The central channel is the channel of ascent, it is the power which sustains our evolution and guides us, consciously or unconsciously, towards the higher awareness of the Sahasrara (seventh chakra). Daily meditation leads to a cooling of the sun channel and a warming of the moon channel, which restores the inner balance of our emotional, mental & physical beings.
Standing in Yiquan:
In regards to Yiquan here some of the drills we do. Capitol Qigong: Standing Gong Yiquan
we do not visualize anything and the purpose is to: 1. relax, 2. be natural (nothing forced), and 3. gong (do the hard work).
prep for standing:
drill 1 is a small movement to get body to relax, feeling air between fingers and relaxing.
drill 2 is another small movement to feel the body to relax like water between the fingers, like wading in water- smoothing out the “rough waters” to “flowing waters” in and outside the body.
drill 3 and 4 are moving energy in or out of the “3rd eye” and around the body in a figure 8 pattern down to the ground using guiding energy.
drill 5- washing from head down to feel with arm movement.
drill 6 is deep relaxation from head to toe in Wu Ji standing. (Almost exact to a Fu Zhong Wen, Yang Taiji standing that was taught to me in Shanghai)
drill 7 and 8 and basic “silk reeling-like” movements, lifting box and Chen taiji roll back movement.
Standing: then we go into 40 minutes of Post standing choosing from 5 holding postures.: no thoughts or visualization just sense what happens with “qi” or energy, being natural. Not trying to force qi to happen or what Rick says, “you can have all the right fishing gear, but that doesn’t guarantee you will catch a fish that day.”
Ending: with a closing with a small movement to adjust energy.
from there we might do the Yiquan variation of “push hands”
6/18/2013: On Ben Lo’s Camp and his practice of standing gong:
Both Julian and Dr. David Walls-Kaufman (disciple of Ben) had some interesting testimonials of some of the training that went on at the camp. In particular the morning standing training at the camp.
Ben had been practicing standing for the last 4 years and nobody could push him over while he just stood, even when more than one person ganged up on him. It was a testimonial to how important standing is. Dr.David, whom I train with a lot, always does a ton of standing in his class, can really toss people effortlessly in push hands based on his years of standing gong training. He says he is nowhere near the level of what Ben Lo has attained through hard work (gong fu). They said that originally the Taijiquan was trained as standing postures and eventually they became strung together.
Julian and David both spoke about their experience with Ben Lo and the
importance of standing. Standing Gong requires 2 very important factors:
1. Empty mind- thoughtless mind, Wu ji mind- mind has to be in the here and now,
no extraneous thoughts, “monkey mind”, or internal chatter. You can not do
standing gong with mind distracted without clarity. If you can’t do this then
part 2 is useless.
2. Once mind is under control you can begin to make self corrections, small
adjustments, and refinements of your standing postures. Once that is done, you
can do your neigong work.
Here is a blog/journal entry of some standing we do in the park. We spend a
great deal of standing time in this class. 5 postures:
wu ji, left ward off, right ward off, pipa, raised hands.
Taiji Stance work Video:
Discussion on Standing: 11/16/13 reply from Matt:
I first started with CMC style. in that style we did a lot of holding postures in the taiji form.
our teacher would say to do 20x cycle breath in each posture then move to the next.
So basically a cycle is inhale/exhale long and deep naturally at dan tien.
Later when I trained with Weiqi, we did a standing with visualization in one of our warm-ups,
I added it here near the end of video:
I made this up:
to help students with stillness and standing.
-when it comes to doing rows of walking forward, backward, left and right.
– do a 3x cycle breathing (dan tien breathing)pause with standing wu ji w/arms down at sides,
-then change to standing taiji ma bu arms rounded at chest,
-then 3x cycle breathing , then do the walking.
after walking then stop:
– do the same taiji mabu, then finish with wu ji standing with the 3x cycle breathing for each (total of 6x).
– do the same when adding walking rows with hand movement: brush knee, part horse mane, cloud hands, repulse monkey, etc.