Grandmaster Tse’s Chùn Yuén Diaries 俊元日記 12

All movements must come from the waist and once we do this, all the joints, limbs and all parts of the body will be exercised.

Principles of Chùn Yuén Quán

Part 4

The third principle is, move from the waist.  In every movement we must move from the waist. The waist is the Dāntián 丹田. The waist also is the physical body and relates to the physical movement, the Dāntián is the internal body and related to the internal movement of Qì 氣 – Vital Energy. All movements must come from the waist and once we do this, all the joints, limbs and all parts of the body will be exercised. It is the same with the Dāntián, when we move from the waist and Dāntián, all the Qì and the internal body will be affected. Therefore, we must move from the waist. However, sometimes we will move a different part of the body first and then the waist second. This is preparing to move the waist, so that we can move it fluently and easily.

The fourth principle is, the body is inline. This means that your arms, legs, and body are all connected. You should be able to see the connection between the arms and legs, or the body and the arms, or the body and the waist. When we keep the body in line, then the whole body is connected and the Qì will flow smoothly, and our power will be supported by the entire body.

Xing Shou by Grandmaster Tse