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It’s been quite some time, but now I have a visual aid for what I’ve been working on. From my visualization centers to the net. I worked this up via a program and uploaded it. It’s not like the Chinese translations of Taiji instruction manuals or silk reeling, but it’s the Western engineering for the same topic or result.
This is two dimensional, to keep it simple. Movements are in 3 dimensions, and fighting is in 4 dimensions, time is the 4th.
Since it’s been some time since I’ve done vector math, let’s all refresh ourselves on the knowledge. Read this first unless you know this topic like the back of your hand (Cloud hand in Taiji). Try to absorb as much as you can, until you get to the trig calculations, that’s not necessary.
Any sufficiently advanced technology will seem indistinguishable from magick, as one person was quoted saying or writing. So if this looks like sorcery symbols and pentagrams, it is because we are getting to some very advanced logick, which seems like magick. Or magick is advanced logick. Either way, let’s continue.
First we have the human stick figure, a perfectly vertical line with a bubble head at the top. Then the arms and limbs are the X superimposed. The center in which everything meets is the dantien or center of gravity or central hip joint. Doesn’t matter what people call it, it’s the center where all the vectors converge on the human body.
What has stumped people on this matter is that real physics forces aren’t in perfectly straight lines. Yet a Taiji movement must mold it so that the body makes things into a straight line, that is the “root” where the vertical pressure of your weight on the ground, gravity pulling you into the ground, and the muscular push of your legs creates a stability. 5N Down plus 5N Up equals 0 or “no movement”. Nothing moves, yet the forces are active and working. Gravity cannot be seen, but it can be felt. So physically, a person converts this horizontal force bar and uses it for vertical movements such as punches and etc. The dantien links the incoming force from the hands to the feet, via the joints and fascia and proper structure of spine and bones. Since the human body has a number of complicated forces working in and around it, the diagram is a mathematical or magickal representation of simplified concepts.
It shows how pushing on the left leg of the diagram, can cause force opposing the right hand. If you’ve ever pushed on a wall before, you may know that you are using your back leg, not the front leg. If you geometrically charted the human body in the push, it wouldn’t look like those two sticks. Because the force vectors are being transformed, added, and subtracted from each other INSIDE the human body, where it cannot be seen, only felt. And there’s a vector (at least one) for every joint segmentation of the skeleton, which I won’t draw for obvious reasons.
The second picture, drawn in red, is what happens when you receive a vector on your hands and using the axial alignment axis of the vertical on moving door hinge, you transform the vector down, into the ground. This is vector addition. You then take the bounce or excess energy of that vertical line, via your legs, and reflect it back into your hands. This then adds or doubles the power of the incoming vector, back into the source. It’s like you pushed a wall, and all that happened was that you pushed yourself. That’s reflection. Then imagine if the wall could move, and it pushed you just as your energy reflected back into you. The end result vector would be your energy plus the wall’s energy, plus a number of vector angles. Since we’re using the dantien for conversion, not merely adding or subtracting, and because we’re harnessing the vertical vector of gravity and using it to perform horizontal work, this counts as mechanical leverage. It multiplies the force humans can normally exert via muscles. That is thus internal power.
The axial line doesn’t have to be your spine. In the example given, it would be a line from your hand down to your knee. Or from your shoulder down to your hip joint. So long as that line doesn’t move, is rooted, you can use it as a door hinge, for mechanical leverage. That’s why in Taiji movements, if your hand moves beyond the circle of your knee… it has lost power. The vector energies disconnect, they are too far away, and can no longer be added because physically nothing connects them. Vertical lines become vertical. Horizontal lines become horizontal, you can no longer use the human body to convert one energy to another.
The funny Leonardo Da Vinci human X on a circle diagram, is my symbol for rotation. It’s difficult to imagine how the human body can rotate or why that is better for generating force or power (work). So instead of trying to do the impossible, making ourselves into a spinning ball of death like some manga, I chose to interpret it as the tangent. The hypotenuse of a 90 degree triangle. The conversion of gravity vector with a horizontal vector of a different angle, creates a hypotenuse. This can then be seen as the tangent of a circle. Thus you can make a circle by continually shooting out these rays of energy at a tangent to an imaginary circle. Thus you can cause rotation in other objects, even if you can’t cause rotation in yourself because your joints won’t go past their angle limits or else they break.
While I find this interpretation of mine to be useful, other people’s mileage will vary. However, using the geometric circles and triangles as diagrams to help a person think of energy, should be generally useful for those studying internal martial arts like Taiji Chuan, where a lot of “stuff” is really invisible like EM (electro magickal) fields.
Addendum, for the red line, the down arrow signifies the force of gravity. After you convert this line to an up line, you can then shoot it from your legs to your dantien (even though that’s a 45 degree line, we’re simplifying it to a vertical). The dantien then compresses the force, closes the doors, so that the only way the energy can shoot out is back where the initial force came in on, your arm or your legs. Since your legs are closed off by the ground, it shoots out your hand. Force obeys the path of least resistance. This is why Zhongua says “poping” is not good. If you “pop” as in your height increases, then the energy vector went into making you taller. It didn’t go into the target at your hands. If your hips popped out or your spine misaligned, that’s where the energy goes, path of least resistance. Thus internal arts requires the body to become like a funnel, to shoot out explosions inside. If the internal chamber, such as of a gun, is weak, then it explodes and harms the user. If the internal chamber is strong and can take the charge, then the explosion sends the bullet down the right path.
What I’ve done is combine 2 or more fields together, using my own Will and imagination. It’s not something generally taught in public education or universities, where the focus is on over specialization, like ants. Believe it or not, almost all the great individual scientists that nobody believed in, did something similar when pioneering fields. Scientific breakthroughs, as opposed to scientific and engineering applications, were not made by committees or huge government funding. It also helps if you can think in two languages, like for example Zhonghua’s ability to think in Western English physics but also think in Chinese Taiji ying/yang concepts. English as the language, Chinese as the language. Two concepts as one, the differences of either, demonstrating the reality of the universe. Grind them together, spin the wheel of yin and yang, use torsion and twist, to see what comes out.
Finally, the last image of two equilateral triangles superimposed over each other, one inverted, represents the arms and center of gravity. The other one represents the base of the two legs and the brain spine. Generally, to develop power via using energy for work, one must keep one of those triangles still and move the other one. Moving both, is what Zhonghua calls “movement” that looks right. It looks right because it’s not doing anything useful. When the energy moves your body, it doesn’t move the target. So when the arms are moving, the legs are not. When the legs are moving, the arms cannot move. Or to put it another way, the vectors of the upper triangle must maintain stability and structure, if the bottom triangle is changing the force vectors around by addition. Chen Zhonghua also talks about triangles and 2 lines at 45 degree angles. I get a sense that the application or concept is very similar to this one.
Yea, math, what is it good for. Nothing much beyond counting change, the way most people teach and use it.
From the 1980s onwards, most people couldn’t learn much martial arts from videos or VHS because most of it was merely the forms or kata. Rigid, prescribed and patterned movements designed for the experienced practitioner to stretch, build up athletic abilities, and to remember techniques and movements required for applications. The beginner or ignorant user, had no idea of the power mechanics behind the moves or even what techniques the kata, from say karate or the forms of Chinese kung fu, were supposed to be used with.
Now in the 21st century, something else is going on with video format. People are beginning to explain the principles involved. Which is just as effective a learning process as being at a lecture hall or solving mathematical equations online. Math doesn’t change whether the equation is written down in front of you or on a computer screen. Same for the physics involved in physical force generation and fighting.
Here’s the review I left at the trailer link.
Really good training setup for people that can already pool yin and yang in the dantien, center hip joint from both legs, and releasing it. The 5 point pin helps me pinpoint where the energy is going, as well as using the knowledge of where force vectors go in my own body, to set things up in advance for the enemy’s body, since those bodies function on the same principles. I was vaguely aware this was possible, but had yet to develop workable applications or theory for it.
The middle section reminds me of Sun Tzu’s the Art of War. Know yourself and know your enemy. Thinking ahead, planning traps.
The shearing force demo reminds me of the no inch punch. A shock type impulse hit using gravity vectors, no matter what is being touched. Chen Zhonghua’s English and probably Chinese explanations have improved dramatically over the 2 or 4 years I’ve seen of the seminar vids. My original instructors over at Target Focus Training, prioritized a lot of this vector force mechanics using gravity, with no great emphasis on specific techniques except as examples. Studying Newton’s Laws, vectors, impulse force, has helped me visualize a lot of this energy, that would otherwise be called magick, mystical forces, chi, or EM (electro magickal) fields.
Intro to the topic.
The father-son connection is stronger in Japanese literature and media.
The Japanese make little to no distinction on people who are close them, vs associates, bosses, and strangers. So a son may act like a matchmaker to his father, because they have a close relationship. If their relationship is formal along the lines of society, then the authority figure may command obedience but that’s like obeying the police. Elder sisters are taught to treat their younger sisters and brothers as if they were their own kids. Shades of frontier and Sarah Palin’s family.
As for emulation, the expectation still exists that family run businesses and the father’s job, passes unto the oldest heir of the family. A strangely feudalistic tradition that doesn’t apply as often in cities. More of that going on in Hokkaido’s agricultural (engineering, practical, biological research) schools,
To the Japanese, it’s only a little bit strange that two close siblings or two close childhood friends, of the opposite sex, would hold hands, always be together, and act together as one unit even into their high school days.
In Western civilization, there are siblings like that that share a close love, but it’s often considered strange or crazy by normal society. In Western society, it’s more normal for the Santa Wog (wealthy oriental gentleman) killers to try to kill their little brother due to envy and jealousy.
If the father and mother is absent, the older sibling is expected to protect and guide the younger ones, in return for obedience and a lower social status in the younger siblings. This chain of command is very close to America’s top down and bottom up command structures, the officers at the top and the NCOs at the bottom.
Instead of two brothers competing for their parent’s resources and affection, they also compete against each other as rivals, they befriend and protect each other, and they both serve as models of rightful authority to any younger siblings, especially sisters. Of course the drama programs would place them as both falling in love with the same woman, but the Japanese way of dealing with love triangles is also strange. Western literature in the 21st century tends to kill one of them off, or make one into a villain. That’s the easy solution. The harder solution is to place the two males as friends, comrades in arms, and leave the decision to the woman to justify. Choices choices. They even have a phrase for this, koi kataki.
One of the first cultural shocks I got from getting too much exposure to Japanese culture, is their shounen shows that focus on teen drama and school slice of life. The fathers aren’t normally the source of authority, the antagonist, being rebelled against. Instead the fathers are like miniature versions of the “old man that is too deadly to ignore” syndrome. The more dumb and close the father acts, the more dangerous he turns out to be later as a protector of the family. Sonno pattern.
In the US, I don’t think I’ve ever not seen a teen drama where there wasn’t some angst and rebelling against parental authority going on. To see a different culture merely ignore that, slip sliding away on the ice, I felt like I needed to hit my head against the wall a few times to fix my perception of reality. Hrm… there was one teen light drama, where the father regressed and became as young as his daughter, but that’s a kind of genre breaker.
Yuusha, or heroes (of courage, of might, of righteousness, etc) tend to be something kids admire, the superhero or “Ally of Righteousness”. Generally anyone with power, society on their side, and a justification for killing 1000 enemies, can be considered a hero, in the adult frame. But that’s a more cynical viewpoint, different from kids, which suggests that a hero is only slightly different from a mass murderer. It only depends on how society views it. And society, as always, is screwed up often wise. The Japanese often have a different focus, which isn’t a socially approved hero, but how much loyalty, respect, and obedience one person owes to another. Is it based on social status, such as being the Boss, being older, being more popular or respected? Or is it based upon a personal connection between the soul, such that if the world came between them, they would declare the world their enemy. Shades of Bonnie and Clyde.
One Japanese citizen spoke in a video that when he watched American teen dramas, it made no sense to him that the popular kids would still be popular by treating the weakest people in the population that way. That kind of behavior is expectedly reserved for low class hooligans, street fighters, and rebel kids. Not for future leaders of the community, of the school, and of Japan. Why anyone would obey them, he had that “cultural shock” going on there. In Japan, if you are good at sports, good at tests (scores shown in public), or good at popularity, it’s all considered the same thing: a resource or talent that can contribute to society, and thus is good. Of course for the people that don’t fit that mold, it’s painful. The nail that stands out, in Japan, gets hammered flat. Lovely phrasing.
In reality, American high schools do have such upstanding citizen leaders, that are popular, that do cheerleading and sports, and perform academically in the 90% (not As, top 10% of humanity). I find it interesting to note how US propaganda tries to steer the culture, though. No wonder the world fears, despises, hates, or pities America. I would too, if I lived in a small weak country and watched American Hollywood culture. That stuff is scary. The thought of those drug addicted sex starved maniacs living in a quiet town, giving Orders to Obey, is unpleasant.
There is little equality promoted by the Japanese culture. The society itself always ensures that people know who is above them and who is below them. Like the helot system, the helots aren’t equals but they are satisfied because the Spartans are above them and the slaves non citizens are below them. Squires aren’t equal to knights or high nobles, but because they may become knights, they accept being treated as gopher units. Go for my armor. Go for my sword. Go for my horse. Go for my tent.
As a way to generate social harmony, destroying the concept of “equality” has its virtues. It’s not like in the US, where everyone thinks they are equal. Meanwhile in Marin California they get mansion houses, 60 degree temperatures in the summer now, don’t allow blacks in the community, and somehow they think they are equal to the peasants and slaves on welfare in Oakland. At least, that’s what the rich like to pretend, that there’s equality under the government (to stave off guilt). So long as people obey the laws and get welfare, they are equal to any other citizen. Even though in a large crowd, the weaklings in the social hierarchy are in the back, Charlie, and the leaders are at the front or middle. Little things that a society of equals don’t even notice.
Equality was something of a special nature, created by the bonds of love or rivalry between individuals. A society or revolution based on equality, cannot stand for long. Humans need a leader, they need and want people to tell them what to do. Sooner or later, the decision makers will rise higher than others, but without the recognition that they are leaders with responsibility for lives, the system breaks down. Like in DC. The US, a society of equals, with the powerful in DC setting the temperature to 61, while the rest of the peasants outside the capital burn and freeze, as the Democrat Reko landlords decree. It’s Global Warming! People must suffer to atone for Global Warming! Only the best and brightest can restore Global Warming, via offloading their carbon footprint (61 degrees) off unto the workers.
While the US wouldn’t benefit from a military top down hierarchy, the bottom up hierarchy of NCOs would do wonders for civic stability and harmony inside the US, especially the cities. But first one must convince the elites that arming the peasants is a “good idea”.
The problem with the Southern aristocracy of 1850 is that they created a social philosophy where there was no social mobility. Women were never going to be accepted as warriors. Blacks were never going to be accepted as full humans. That is what they were born for. White aristocrat land owners were the top 3% of humanity, to be given all wealth and free time to play and develop human civilization. That kind of “hierarchy” will always put the top 3% of retards into power sooner or later. Without social mobility, without the fear of being demoted, humans get lazy.
The tie in to the title is that even if humanity had a society of equals… they would soon create an aristocracy. So it’s important to setup a hierarchy right now, that’s based upon merit and not based on evil or corruption. Somebody is always going to be above you and below you, and that in itself is not equality but it is what humanity wants and naturally inclines itself to. You may be born equal, but that doesn’t mean you were born to be leaders or a slave. To Americans have to choose: slavery or unequal liberty.
Great at fixing shoulder and joint injuries in martial arts too.
For soldiers, flexibility and freedom of movement prevents catastrophic damage from modern day’s extra weighted armor (often added due to political concerns, not tactical concerns).
Often times when practicing and studying Taiji Chuan, I feel like I’m doing academic and mental work, rather than physical work load.
Vectors, torsion fields, linear planes, rotational curves and tangents, and spiral power (line plus circle) are all theoretical concepts that I use when improving my physical work load.
And there are some videos for this, which I should find soon, even though I bought it but it doesn’t show the trailer any more.
There we go. My own personal interpretation and communication method will use that video, in the next post.
That’s not merely gravity going on, but also rotation, which means spiral power.
It’s very difficult to apply the requisite background to martial movements, since it requires expertise in two fields: both often antagonistic.
There’s some advanced physics there, so it might turn out to be hard to understand, but the basic concepts should still go through.
Lower level Newtonian physics.
I call it New Age, but in reality it is pretty Ancient if you look at Chinese chi gong.
This is more like returning to our roots than hippie weed smoking. Although I must say, I have yet to verify the contents of that article, so do your own research. As usual, think for yourself, by yourself. Voting not included.
Sounds like a new Obamacare initiative, doesn’t it.
As a reference to totalitarianism and the German way of saying Papier, Bitte (papers, please at every military, paramilitary, civilian, and civilian Hitler youth checkpoint), I present this intro link.
That’s an example of a game created as art. Not all artists are individuals beholden to One Man, One Will, Death to Tyranny kind of thinking, but the true artists are like that. The reader reviews at the bottom should give you a good encapsulation of what they have achieved with that low graphics, independently funded, pc game.
This connects back to what Book was saying about indoctrinated youths being exposed to mental simulation games. The Left uses a special kind of propaganda, what I call limited freedom propaganda, that slots a rat down a pre chosen route and has it end in death, tragedy, or stupidity. True art, however, must provide for unlimited or metaphysical, choices. Due to humanity being diverse, if an artist can only draw a reaction, a single one, out of people, then that is limited. If an artist can draw different reactions from all kinds of humans, then that is the Truth in and of itself. The truth is that being explicit and direct is tanjun, or simplistic, and does not cover all the shades of individual differences in humanity. It is the Left’s method of selective free will, as in the illusion of free will where the slaves think they are free yet everyone thinks alike, dresses alike, says the same things, and thinks the same allowed thoughts.
In a rare feat, it’s a combination of the pc game industry with American culture (of freedom, sovereignty, autonomy vs Obedience).
Male competition that has yet to achieve the state of complete independence from social morality.
I have often thought that no matter who was supposed to have created humanity and life, God or merely a power below God like evolution, the only thing the Earth really cared about was producing a species that was powerful and enlightened enough to protect the Earth from things like that…
And if that life failed, then it was time to hit the Restart button. A real Restart button.