Left single whip: taijiquan's "hidden power"
There is a movement in Chen Pan Ling taijiquan called "left single whip". It leads to a sequence known as "raise arm and step forwards". These movements seem very weak and soft - yet they contain within them concepts of "softness overcoming hardness" that can make your mind spin. As far as I'm concerned, they are as close as you get to something "mystical". Yet it's not. It's really just simple mechanics. But who would have thought those mechanics would be quite so powerful! Part 1 was filmed last week. It shows a performance of the part of the form I'm talking about. Part 2 was filmed this morning. I do the applications slowly (mostly). But in reality, they are, of course, done fast. Both videos involve some aspect of "stand up grappling" - which will no doubt surprise some folks given my last two articles. Except that it shouldn't. I make it clear that I am an ardent practitioner of stand up