Chapter 13: Oral Secrets, #11

十一、曰須認真。

11th saying: must be conscientious

打手歌曰。
掤捋擠按須認真。
The Song of Push Hands says
“Must be conscientious in peng, lu, ji, an

若認不真。
便都成了假的。
If your understanding is not genuine,
then all will be false

吾今舉以告汝。
I now inform you of the details

掤若掤到人家身上去。
捋若捋到自己身上來。
都是錯認。
For wardoff, if (your) wardoff arrives onto the other’s body,
For rollback, if (your) rollback arrives onto your body,
Both of these are completely mistaken.

掤不要掤到人家身上去。
捋不要捋到自己身上來。
此是真的。
For wardoff, don’t let your wardoff arrive onto the other’s body,
For rollback, don’t let your rollback arrive onto your body.
This is correct.

按與擠。
皆要蓄其勁。
不可失卻中定。
此是真的。
For push and press,
Essential to always store/cultivate (xu) their jin,
Must not lose zhong ding.
This is correct.

按須認真三字。
從來讀破太極拳論。
未得悟澈。
Following the three words “must be conscientious” (xu renzhen),
(I) have always thoroughly studied the taijiquan treatises
But, I did not achieve clear understanding (clear awakening)

一經澄師道破。
始知有尺寸。
有法度。
Only once my teacher revealed (the inner meaning),
I then realized it has a specific measure
(and) it has a specific method

非經口授指點。
不易了解者。
皆此類也。
Lacking the oral teachings of the classics,
it is not easy to understand
all these details.

此真家傳秘訣。
學者其由此體驗之。
學者其由此體驗之。
則不復失中定矣。
This is the true family transmission of the secrets.
From these, students can learn directly by practice
and achieve the art’s measure.
Then students will no longer lose zhong ding.

至要至要。
Most essential! Most essential!

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Notes

  • peng, lu, ji, an: the four basic (square) hand techniques. Wardoff, Rollback, Press, and Push.

  • “Song of Push Hands”: originally tuisou (push hands) was called dashou (hitting or striking hands). The “Song of Push Hands” is actually the “Song of Dashou”. Interestingly, dashou now means “thug” or “hatchet man” -- your “hit hand”.

 

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