Feudal Dantian Methods – The Ancient Chinese Military Commander’s Waist

In ancient Chinese sculptures and paintings, most of the Generals were portrayed with a thicker muscular belly- characterized as the waist of a tiger, or ancient military commander’s waist.  In modern times, though rare… raw lineages maintain a distinct core muscle control which descends from the Armor dynasties.  Under the ancient umbilical is the Dantian, which is regarded as a crucial muscle group for medieval Chinese Knights. A dynamic and thicker waist can provide additional protection of the spine, and auxiliary force to the core muscles. Ancient treatise favors the commander’s waist for generating short-range power and maintaining stability on foot while wearing heavy armor.  Armor prevents damage from sabers and polearms, requiring more emphasis on wrestling, balance, and core control for weapons precision.  Many conflicts ended with knocking the opponent to the ground and disrupting their Qi with either a blunt weapon (mace), or a short weapon- to penetrate a suit of armor at the seams, or through the visor of the helmet.  

Ip Man vs. Jin Shan Zhao Fight Scene – Cheng Ting Hua

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The fight scene in the first “IP MAN” film between Ip Man and the Northerner, Jin Shan Zhao-  is based on Cheng Ting Hua’s patriotic journeys in 1883.  The movie pays homage to the teahouse skirmish between Cheng Ting Hua and a Southern Chinese militiaman (who challenged Cheng Ting Hua as he was pouring tea).   

 

Truth of the Bagua Symbol – 1928 Internal Martial Arts Fitness Reform in China

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The 1928 Internal Martial Arts fitness reform in China standardized Internal/ External kungfu styles into the modern philosophical interpretation.  The benefits of the reform in the mind-body practice- brings destruction to Baguazhang’s feudal context and nuances. 

Eight arrays (Bagua Symbol) are important famous formations of the past generations:  Eight formation changes or the eight combat formations. In feudal times, the generals will adapt the army to various formations according to the different characteristics of the military, the terrain and the number of enemy forces. The eight arrays are divided into square arrays, circular arrays, squad arrays, rushing arrays, rounds, floating arrays, and geese arrays.

The commander’s eight-figure method divides the army into nine points in the shape of a well, and the outer eight in one, and the coach is in the middle. Eight represents eight orientations or eight positions. 

“Array” can be a unit in the military’s establishment, which are soldiers, squads, ministries, generals, and armies, consisting of eight teams.  Eight teams work as a unit, there are twenty-eight thousand and sixty-six people… Eight arrays are variable in context during battle, with sixty-four strategies. “The Eight Diagrams Change” in ancient warfare.

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