Spiraling and boring-in during centering

During tonight’s advanced Taijiquan class, I was centering with Marc on long bricks.  Since Marc has developed a good root, and I have taught him all my centering stratagems, I was having trouble with him.  I am working on a new idea of keeping my center constantly moving whether it is under attack or not under attack.  Because of my back injury I find that if my center is not moving, and I am attacked, I experience some pain which leads me to freeze my center.  So while trying this idea of keeping my center constantly moving, I began to spiral clockwise in the vertical plan.  Then I began to bore in with the spiral.  When I felt Marc tense up against the clockwise boring vertical plane spiral, I switched immediately to a counter-clockwise, 45 degree slanted spiral and uprooted him.  I tried this technique several more times and found that it was helpful if Marc tensed and resisted, but not necessary.  I could uproot him without his tensing.  Our school is conceived as a mutually supportive learning community, so Marc, Rich, Margit and I then proceeded to analyze the technique and discuss how to counter it.  It was quite apparent to me that my feeling for this technique came from Taiji Ball Qigong practice as does my feeling for many other movements and applicatons.   Since many of our senior students were absent tonight, please remind me to review this technique next week.

About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.
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