Chapter 13: Oral Secrets, #11
11th saying: must be conscientious
The Song of Push Hands says
“Must be conscientious in peng, lu, ji, an”
If your understanding is not genuine,
then all will be false
I now inform you of the details
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.
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.
For push and press,
Essential to always store/cultivate (xu) their jin,
Must not lose zhong ding.
This is correct.
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)
Only once my teacher revealed (the inner meaning),
I then realized it has a specific measure
(and) it has a specific method
Lacking the oral teachings of the classics,
it is not easy to understand
all these details.
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.
Most essential! Most essential!
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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