Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Relax Waist Squat Crotch

[Path to Mastery 3/17/10 – Wk27 D3 (Str 9.12.09)(Ph2 11.15.09)]

Continuing our Tai-Chi Journey:

I hope you got a kick out of today’s title ‘Relax Waist and Squat Crotch’. 

So, yesterday I covered the nature of Chi, and the existence of the Dan-Tien.  And then we reviewed how ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’ is related to the rest of the principles that have been introduced so far.

If you thought I covered all the secrets of ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’, you are mistaken.  Yesterday, I only covered the visual aspect of the principle.  I couldn’t tell you all the secrets even if I wanted to because I don’t remember all the details unless they are triggered by some stimulus.  I am a natural walking secret! ;)   Moral of the story?  Ask lots of question until it’s been all covered. 

So, here is how the rest of the secret of the ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’ was triggered.  As I was contemplating how to teach ‘Relax Waist and Squat Crotch’ in relation to ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’, I remembered I needed to cover some more details before I could do it.  Lame isn’t it?  I know. 

Here we go: 
4)    Perform ‘Empty Spirit Summit Strong’.  Now you should have mastered this concept.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, go back and read blog on 3/8.
5)    Perform ‘Contain Chest Raise Back’.
6)    Perform ‘ Settle Shoulder Drop Elbos’.

When you do this, you should by now feel your chest is relaxed and your lower abdomen is feeling full from your relaxation having sunk to your pelvis.  This is nothing more than your diaphragm relaxing and the breath dropping lower and your organs relaxing and resting on your pelvis as they should.  Now, we covered portions of this yesterday.  Here is the extra information.  When your chest is sufficiently relaxed, you will feel your rib cage dropping.  It will feel as if your rib cage is dropping into your abdominal wall.  When your elbow is dropped or extended properly, you will feel that your elbow is connected to your solar plexus.  Only then will you feel as if the solar plexus is empty.  To add some more detail, you should feel that your solar plexus area relaxed and as if it is hollow inside.  Some consider this to mean ‘Contain Chest Raise Back’.  This may be because ‘Contain Chest’ is also translated ‘Hollow Chest.  Any way, at this point, you should feel as if you have a buddy belly. 

When you reach this point, then you will feel your lower back letting go.  Waist in the oriental concept is not the belt line.  Waist is your lower back.  It is the entire area that is between your ribs and your hips (pelvis).  When your lower abdomen engages, and your rib cage relaxes to the point it hides in your abdominal walls, you will feel that your lower back lets go and relaxes.  This is because you lower back is supported.   In short, ‘Relax Back’ is the description of ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’ from the back.  Key to remember, you cannot achieve either ‘Relax Back’ or ‘Chi Sink to Dan-Tien’ without ‘Drop Elbow’. 

Now to the Squat Crotch.  When you lower back is relaxed, you will feel your sides below your armpit relaxing all the way down to the side of your legs.  When that happens, you will feel your pelvis relaxing.  When that happens, bend your knees a little bit and sit on your legs.  Just imagine that you are sitting on a high stool.  Make sure that you feel as if your hip bones are facing forward and you will feel that the curve in your lower back disappears.  When the lower back flattens, this is called ‘upper and lower body become one’ or ‘Top and bottom mutually follow’.  More on that later.      
As you get better, your legs will get straighter and straighter and eventually you will be able to squat with your legs straight. 

When you achieve ‘Relax Waist Squat Crotch’, then you will feel as if your pelvis is floating across the air as if you are a hover craft when you walk or do the form.  The level of your head will stop bobbing up and down, and level out.  Your balance will be steady, and you will feel rooted and settled at the same time. 

Tomorrow, ‘Round Crotch Bend Knee’!!!!!!!!

History of Tai-Chi Journey up to this point:
Before the blog opened to the public, we covered the single person part of the system.
1. Chi-Gong (Taoist Longevity, White Crane Chi-Gong)
2. Standing Meditation
3. Stepping Meditation
4. 7 Basics
5. Basic Form
6. 30 Form
7. 108 Form
8. 4 Type Pushing Hands

Interactive training after we went public with the blog. 
1. 8 Type Pushing Hands (Covered from 2/2 ~ 2/11)
2. San-Shou (Covered from 2/12 ~ 2/15)
3. Ba-Gua.(Covering from 2/16 ~ 2/19)
4. Weapons (Covered on 2/23)
5. Healing System (Covered on 2/24)

Non-Structured System:
1.    Introduction (Covered 2/25)
2.    Free moving – conditioning (Covered 2/26)
3.    Free hand pushing hand (Covered 3/1)
4.    Free hand (2 person drills and multiple person drills) (Covered 3/2)
5.    Free hand weapon (2 person drills and multiple person drills) (Covered 3/3)

Detailed Instructions:
1.Principles (Covered 3/4)
2.Principle of Principles (Covered 3/5)
3.Principles of Upper Body (Covered 3/8 – 3/15)
   1) ‘Empty Spirit Summit Strong’  (Covered on 3/8)
   2) ‘Tailbone centered and upright’ (Covered on 3/9)
   3) ‘Contain chest Raise Back’ (Covered 3/10)
   4) ‘Settle Shoulder Drop Elbow’ (Covered 3/11)
   5) ‘Squat Wrist Open Fingers’ (Covered 3/15)
4.Principles Governing Lower Body:
   1)’Chi Sinks to Dan-Tien’ (Covered today)
   2)’Relax Waist and Squat Crotch’
   3)’Round Crotch and bend Knee’
   4)’Insubstantial Substantial Distinguish Clearly’
   5)’Foot Palm Paste(Stick) Earth’

1 comment:

  1. Hearing about the crotch rounding out reminds me of Tai Chi Begins. As the arms raise I bend ever so slightly and that bend never goes away until Close Tai Chi. So in a sense that is the very concept that we are covering today.