Training Tip #2
The Basic Components of "Standing Posture" Practice
by Mike Sigman
Standing Posture practice uses peng (see last issue) and connection
and the mind-intent to strengthen the body around the parameters
which comprise the unique system of the physical side of
"internal strength." Absolute relaxation is used while
peng and whole-body connection are maintained. To the outside
observer it may look like the practitioner is doing nothing more
than maintaining a posture, but more is involved. Look at the
- In the first example, the relaxed body structure is
propagating the ground's strength (peng) through the body
to the arms, as if a force were impinging on the
forearms. Such a force would be conveyed through the
relaxedly compressed body structure to the ground.
- In the second example, "connection" is being
trained in a posture which somewhat resembles the first
example. In this case, peng is being maintained, but
"connection" is conveying the body's weight to
the hands, through the relaxed "tying" process
(see How To in
- In the third example, peng is again being
propagated, but because of the lowness of the arms, it is
mechanically more efficient to project the peng
vector from the ground, through the hips, and directly
(and artificially) into the arms from the hips. Because
this projection of peng depends upon the strengths
of the back and shoulder structures, it can easily lead a
beginner into the use of shoulder muscles instead of peng.
This is commonly seen. More time should have been spent
in postures of the first type.
As a supplement to the structural and connective skills, there
are also body relationships which use antagonistic muscular and
muscular-skeletal relationships. We will be taking a brief look
at these in the next issue.
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