Essential Body Skill:
Coordination and control of the muscles and fascia surrounding the “Dantian” are essential to proper development of Body Skill in Internal Martial Arts. The dantian is the energy center of the body, and training its flex and rotations serve as a heightened method of control to unify movements and biomechanic reflexes in the martial form or application.The hand does not move by itself. The wrist, elbow, shoulder, rotate with spiraling force connecting from the torso to the Dantian region, as well as anchoring through hips and joints of the lower limbs. The force generated originates from the dantian and coordinates with the extremities, developing energy flow and strength through every segment of the human body simultaneously. The Dantian area functions as the center of the circle, and controlling the methodical rotations of the core muscles with the interhemispheric intent of the brain, unifies martial structures and spiritual planes of consciousness as taught by the ancient practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan. Body skill during martial applications of Tai Chi requires precise timing and understanding of Dantian core control. The ancient forms of tai chi serve as a crucial training tool for developing the muscle controls necessary for ancient body skill, and martial applications test the form for functionality of rooting, martial physics, and listening power. Through every movement of posture in the forms or application, there is methodical instruction for coordinating breath with timing muscular contractions and rotations of the core muscles. For instance, upon grasping the right wrist and elbow of one’s opponent and preparing to “Lu”, rollback the opponent to one’s right side, the practitioner sinks his breath and expands the core while both hands curl in to seize the arm. While the core is expanded and compressed, the lower abdominal muscles revolve clockwise with focal flex from the practitioner’s lower middle abdominal quadrant, to the left upper abdominal quadrant. (While shifting the opponent) the core continues to revolve clockwise from the left upper abdominal quadrant to the upper middle quadrant. (As the opponent is thrown out) the core continues to flex clockwise towards the right abdominal quadrant, then expands and anchors with force in the right lower quadrant, upon completion of the “Lu” technique.