Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inkling: Action Reaction

Just an inkling about force in taiji. How does one generate a large amount of force while staying relaxed? After all, we are used to generating force with our muscles. So how do we generate force without using those muscles?

I am still trying to figure it out, but I think it has to do with action reaction. Your weight sinking down into the ground when you relax your body is an action that generates a reaction. The action force is downwards, but we use our body to direct the reaction force towards the direction that we want.

Something like that.

So we are actually using nature's force (aka gravity) when we relax and push. A force that is much larger than whatever our muscles can generate.

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