Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 237

As we have seen, Dǎ 打 is hitting, however we do not only with the fist, even for the fist we can use many sides of the fist to hit, we can also hit with the palm, the edge of the palm (chop) and with the fingers.

Qínná 擒拿, Die 跌, Dǎ 打, Zhì 擲

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We can also kick, and we can kick high, kick mid-level and kick low. Our kicks can be straight kicks, sidekicks, or round kicks, which can be inwards or outwards, and we can also do jumping kicks and sweeping kicks. In the Bā Jìn 八勁 – Eight Energies, we have forearm strikes, elbow strikes, shoulder strikes and we can even use our head, hips and knee, any part of the legs and any part of the arm on the hands. Dǎ is striking, however we do not always strike to harm the opponent, we can also strike to make them lose their balance will even break bones or dislocate joints. If we practise our Tàijíquán 太極拳 a lot, our legs will become very strong, which this means we will have more power making our Fā Jìn 發勁 – Release Power will be very strong. Our Qi will also become strong, and this means we will be very strong and healthy.

The principle of Tàijíquán is the circle, and the circle is like a ball, so our body becomes flexible can come balance in many ways. The internal body is full of Qi, like a balloon that is full of air that can draw in and go out, and any part can strike. This is Dǎ.

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