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Jul
09

A great curvature resembles a straight line

According to the principle, everything we do in Taiji Quan are made up of circles, even apparently straight line movements. How can that be?

The answer can be found in Laozi’s famous saying “a big curvature resembles a straight line” 大曲若直. People used to think the earth is flat. It is curved, but the curvature takes place over such a long distance, relative to the physical dimension of man, that it looks flat to us with unaided vision.

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In terms of martial art, this is linked to one of the most important concepts in Taiji Quan. That is, when fighting against someone, always project your movement so that you create a larger circle which envelopes the other person. Li Yiyu – Sun Lutang’s grandmaster in Taiji Quan, wrote a very famous article detailing what Taiji Qyan fighting at the higher levels should be like, where he talked about covering, blanketing, swallowing … the opponent’s qi. If we don’t use the word qi, and just look at externally what happens, we can say a big part of that is about using a larger circle to control smaller circle(s).

And of course in real fighting we don’t always physically complete a circle. So a punch that is a part of a very large circle can look like just a straight punch.

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