In Part I we examined the classical saying “power is released from the spine,” noting how flexion of the spine and core strength are integral mechanisms of “internal” power. This could be described as the “yang” of taiji (tai chi) movement, the physical mechanism of storing and releasing power. We’ll look more at the correct expression of force in a future article on fa jin (explosive energy).

Let’s now take a look at a second reference to the mechanisms of taiji movement in the classics – the “yin” of form:

“Mind/intention (yi) leads the energy (qi), the body follows.”

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