CTQS March 2016 Newsletter Article

There is no Jin - Part II

by Master Chun Man Sit

Master Sit practicing rooting
Master Chun Man Sit practicing rooting.

Gravity - The force of no force

Apples fall, rocks fall, students fall, even masters fall; and all fall at the same speed: 32 feet per second per second. Gravity works on all things and knows no discrimination. If a student leans his body forward too much, he will fall down. If a master makes the same mistake, he’ll also fall down. Understand this and you can learn the art of leading your opponent to fall into emptiness: you simply lead him to over-lean and gravity will do the rest.

Here’s the secret:

When your opponent attacks with a double push to your shoulders, do not fight back. Instead, use your hands to receive his attack in a calm and soft manner. Remember: with but not against. Relax your shoulders and allow gravity to pull your elbows down. When your elbows fall down, your opponent will fall with you. It’s that simple. Both you and your opponent are governed by gravity. You activate your gravity and your opponent will do the same. No jin is necessary. In fact, you must not use any force (jin) at all, because force is anti-gravity.

Gravity and rooting

Rooting is the art of wu-wei (non-doing). By not using force, we will be connected with mother earth. No force is needed. We cannot use force to achieve rooting because we use force to move. In other words, we use force to cancel gravity. Rooting means to be still, not to move.

If you want to stay rooted when your opponent pushes you, don’t push back because it will create the situation of force against force. This is called double-heaviness: This is a struggle and the stronger force wins. Instead you should accept his push and allow him to connect with you. Become one with your opponent and allow his push to fall through your body towards the ground. When that happens, there’ll be no push, only stillness. Rooting is the art of wu-wei.

On Yin and Yang

When your opponent pushes, he is in the yang mood. If you push back, you are also in the yang mood. This is not good because it is double yang. Both of you are too busy. Instead you should use gravity to achieve rooting when he pushes you. He uses yang and you use yin; that is harmony of yin and yang. When you feel the stillness between both of you, you can counter his attack by using any yang move. You can uproot him easily. Simply: the second you feel nothing moves, you can move him.

Gravity is the yin force; it is wu-wei (non-doing). Dao De Jing says, “do the non-doing and there’s nothing you can’t do.” The key is on “do the non-doing”. What does “do the non-doing” mean? If you understand this you will improve your art greatly. This is like working on a zen koan. You should find out yourself. If I tell you the answer the magic will be gone forever.

Dao De Jing and Gravity

According to Dao De Jing, being still means returning to the root. This obviously indicates that gravity is the same as still. It’s the gate to all wonders. In fact, many mysterious writings of taiji classics all referred to gravity. They were written in the old days by masters who did not know physics. They did not talk about gravity because there was no such name at their time. Remember: the name that can be named is not the real name (Dao De Jing).

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