Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 257

Zhǒu 肘 means elbow. Tàijíquán 太極拳 we have many ways to strike.

True Meaning of Bā Jìn 八勁 – Eight Jìn

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We have punching, then we have elbows and shoulders, sometimes we will use the palm, but the most common is punching. Although Zhǒu means elbow, it really is striking at a distance. When we are going to strike, we will prepare, relax and then strike. So, Zhǒu is striking at a distance whether it is using the fists, palms, elbows or legs. However, Tàijíquán we need to be able to strike whether we have distance or not. Sometimes we are so close to our opponent we cannot punch. Kào 靠 means close. We usually say, Kào Jìn 靠近, it means when someone is standing close to us. In Tàijíquán, Kào Jìn 靠勁 close and we strike from a close position, we are very close to the opponent and so we strike with the shoulder, chest, back, hip, waist or head. All these parts can be used to strike. This is Kào – close distance strike, which I would say includes the elbow strike. Therefore Zhǒu  and Kào are striking from a distance or from close range.

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Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 262

Whatever we decide to do, we need to put our heart into it. Heart is Xīn 心 and without it we cannot achieve anything. Heart tells us what we want. If you want to be healthy, the first thing we need the heart to do it. When you meet someone who you like, if you want to become friends, you must put your heart into it.

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