Invisible Circle: Visible Circle

Ancient Martial Evolution:

Ancient methods of tai chi frame practice emphasizes both invisible circle- concealed rotations of joints and dantian core methods with contained/intent based visualization of power points in strikes (not easily understood or seen by spectators), as well as visible circle – defined flex and rotations of joints with distinct muscle control of the dantian- with obvious muscular flow and explosive segmented power strikes. The invisible circle is more characteristic of Lao Jia (Old Frame) practice. ¬†Though original fighting Lao Jia contained much more obvious coiling and dynamics than the modern “Old Frame”. With Lao Jia, the rotations of the wrist and joints turn subtly, even when externally a movement or strike appears completely still. There is strong intent work with the controlled flex throughout each posture, with heavier flex and intent as each power point is passed during transitioning of moves or strikes. The dantian muscular control methods of the invisible circle are almost not visible to an audience. Usually one has to press or touch on the core muscles of an invisible circle practitioner to determine his internal skill and dantian control. The visible circle is more characteristic of Xin Jia (New Frame, or original Fighting Frame – which is actually not new at all) practice. With Xin Jia, the rotations of the wrist, joints, ball bearings of the human body, torque and spiral continuously with defined muscular movements. The elbow spirals out as the hands rotate inward, the elbow spirals inward as the hands rotate outward. Segmented power is clearly visible in the frame practice, externally the generating of explosive force is obvious to spectators. The dantian muscular control methods of visible circle is quite dynamic to the audience. The core muscle definition is focused as the dantian rotates horizontally, diagonally, and vertically.


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