Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 268

The turning the palm is the Tàijí circle which absorbs the power of the attack so that it become nothing.

Soft Controls Hard 以柔制剛

Part 1

Strong controls weak, hard controls soft, this is quite normal and physics will tell us this. So, a stronger person will be able to beat a weaker person is also quite normal. However, in Tàijíquán 太極拳 we go the opposite way, soft controls the hard or we can even say, soft overcomes or defeats the hard. This is the image I had of Tàijíquán when I was young when hearing the stories of Tàijíquán master defeating big guys or even gangs and groups of soldiers! It is like in Jet Li’s 李連杰 movie Taiji Master and the author Jīn Yōng’s 金庸 martial arts novels. In one, he describes how an enemy throws a metal ball at a master who receives it in his palm and turns it around to reduce the energy until it settles in his palm. The turning the palm is the Tàijí circle which absorbs the power of the attack so that it become nothing. There is also a story about a master who could hold out his palm with a bird sitting on it. Each time the bird tried to take off it could not because the master would make his hand so soft the bird had not support and power to take off!

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