Turning Up the Chi Heat
here’s a bit of data that not many people know,
and don’t understand if they do.
The word tan tien,
the hieroglyphics that make that word,
have to do with a fire giving off heat.
Some linguist can take me to task,
but that’s my understanding.
The tan tien is an oven giving off heat.
here’s the funny thing,
most forms of martial arts
do not cause the tan tien
to generate heat.
a little heat.
But there is so much emphasis on correct posture
that people miss the ‘incorrect posture’
that is necessary for giving off heat.
I know Karate is that way,
most Kung Fu styles are that way,
and I know that even I
sometimes misrepresent it.
But the reason I misrepresent this fact
of the tan tien giving off heat
is because learning proper alignment
is more important.
in the beginning.
So let’s assume you aren’t a beginner,
and want to learn about
the real alignment necessary
for your tan tien to give off heat.
Be subtle when you do what I am about to tell you.
Tuck the hips,
and round the back.
In pa kua I refer to this as
you will find this posture
in arts such as pa kua and using i.
Not so much Tai Chi,
though some instructors will note it,
but not normally the Yang instructors.
do your form with tucked hips
and rounded back.
Make sure your body is relaxed,
and you tighten only your fists.
Make sure you are properly grounded with your feet.
After doing a half dozen forms,
or repetition of a form,
go sit down somewhere and wait.
if you’ve done it right,
you will feel a sensation of heat
rising up through your body.
the sensation can get QUITE strong.
what do we do with this?
heat is a manifestation of energy,
so if you are generating heat,
you are generating energy.
Now all you have to do is think of your fists
when you strike from that ‘back rounded’ position,
and the energy will start to go into your fists.
proper body alignment,
taking into account
that it is now okay to round the back
and learn how to line energy through it,
will increase energy to all parts of your body.
on the Monster website.
a good bet is the book on
I’ll try to get in some kind of groove here,
I’ve been late and missing on putting out the newsletter,
but I can only get better,
have a great work out!