Hiding Our Inner Strength

©2002, Tony Rusli
Tai Chi Instructor and Complimentary therapies practitioner.

Tony Rusli was born in Indonesia. Being his grandfather a Kung Fu Master he inspired him into the world of Martial Arts. Therefore he did some basic training in Kung Fu, Karate, Pencak Silat and Kateda for a short time.
When he moved to the U.K. in 1974, he developed a preference for Tai Chi and since then he has been improving his practice with the help of different Tai Chi Masters. After years of practice he realised that he had finally gained some knowledge, which he has loved to share.
 In 1997, he became a fully registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. His daily practice of Tai Chi Chuan not only has improved his technique and level of fitness but also helps him to deal better with the ups and downs of life.
Although it's desirable to be ready for whatever comes in our path, this is easy to say but difficult to do. Tai Chi has taught him that we should not use 100% of our force when involved in an action. Some part of our physical and mental energy needs to be held in reserve to provide us with awareness of our environment and to prepare us for any of the unexpected different situations that may follow. In this way, it becomes difficult for an opponent to counteract our actions. By being aware of the alternative and opposing actions, we disguise our intentions. We are hiding our centre of being.
The technique required to achieve this consists of mentally "pulling" the energy while we are physically "pushing" it. This technique is easier to achieve if one has a curve and not linear or straight Tai Chi posture. The more curves we have in our body the easier we can hide our centre. By this means we direct our energy at will, and we are not the passive instruments of our actions.
By using this technique we hide our centre making it difficult for our opponent to detect our intention. If we push both physically and mentally it is easy for our opponent to detect our intentions. In classic Tai Chi books it is said, 'If my opponent does not move then I do not move, if my opponent moves then I move first'. This is possible when we are so sensitive to our opponent's energy that we detect his intention before he moves physically. Therefore the opponent is no longer able to hide his actions or centre.
When our opponent moves physically and mentally in the same direction then, if we are sensitive, we can easily detect his intentions and divert his force to a direction that is appropriate to our own intentions.
By separating our physical and mental actions, we gain the advantage. Hence the Tai Chi classic saying can be re-interpreted for our times as, "Know your enemy but do not allow your enemy to know you".
For example if the opponent pushes or punches, one can absorb or "pull" his energy using one’s mind and at the same time physically punch or push to divert the attack in the direction that will upset his balance. At the same time, while adhering lightly to the opponent's arm or body one could interpret and counteract his intention.
There are other methods of hiding our centre, this article is only one of the ways.

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