September 28, 2002: The Basics of Continuous Motion

Summarizing and paraphrasing a more technical lecture:

Ni: “For advanced students: Two points: 1. Use left hand to help out the right and vice versa. Especially neglected in sword. Left hand should be used to deflect opposing sword if necessary. Better hand than head. 2. Continuous motion. I count 1, 2, 3. Move through. Count - 1, and, 2, and, 3, and -  to help out.” (Just like music.)

Then he demonstrated some ways to achieve continuity, almost whispering the results.


It took me a few weeks to understand and confirm his pointers for continuity of motion.

1. Yin hand always leads to prepare for the yang hand. The hands do not move simultaneously. (Demonstrated Play fiddle to Brush knee transition.)

2. As mirror to the Mind, the eyes lead the action, focusing upon one hand or the other, one sword or the other. While gazing encompasses all, focusing only encompasses one. (Roll back demo)

3. Saving energy at the transition by taking the waist and hands a little further back. (Transition between Roll back and Press demo)

4. Ward off, not based in going forward, but in going backwards, by sinking on the back leg. (Ward off demo. Emphasis his.)

5. Fold up transitions by a semi-circle achieved through internal waist motion. (Wu Tang demo)

Ni: “Sometimes the sword movement can be too simple, although continuous. Need ‘fold up’ in transition to be correct.”

He was almost laughing when he said this - as if a seed was being planted for gradual growth.

“Get it. Semi circle. Fold up energy. Ha, Ha.”

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