Martial Arts Secret Techniques

Tai Chi’s an internal art. If reports are to be believed. It resulted from the Peaches Pack of three unrelated warriors of China’s Romance of the Three Kingdoms era. They swore to be brothers. Lu Bu, Liu Bei, forgot the third one.

Over generations, this produced Tai Chi, both the healing and martial philosophies.

One of the fundamental principles is using the internal body’s structure to generate and project power. By setting up the body’s alignment with the skeleton system, force can be applied to a target without it being lost via reflection. The generation of power can be termed earth based. It uses a drop in body to generate force down wards. It uses a step forward to generate power forwards.It uses rotation to redirect enemy attacks and force the enemy off balance, then using a minimum amount of force then unseat the foe from the plane of the earth.

As such, the most dangerous strikes of an internal style, which Tai Chi is part of, would include a maximum risk power translation at the weakest point on the human body using the finest targeting available so that no force is bled off. If the attack misses entirely or even partially, this would unbalance both parties. Which is why strength from the earth is important as it is involved in recovering and launching another attack. If the attack misses, then the enemy can counter. As such, I have observed that traditional martial arts usually never teach the strongest attacks first. They always teach the weakest
defenses first, then the weakest counter attacks, then the medium strength defenses, and then the low strength attacks. I was curious as to the reasoning behind the general methodology. Even if they don’t that order, it is approximate across many TMAs.

If a form is a transition to a strong attack, something is taken from the form to make it non-functional and then only added later on when the master deems the student ready.

My little theory on Secret Techniques of Chinese and Japanese schools is that there were a couple of ways they kept them hidden and unknown to outsiders.

1. There were no youtube websites back then so people couldn’t observe a Secret Technique and then keep rewinding the tape to see how it was done.

2. People didn’t have the internet, so information traveled by word of mouth. That was easy to handle, since if everyone who saw this Secret Technique died from it, there would be Word to travel by Mouth, now would there.

3. Secret Techniques were useless without the correct principles. So even if someone could emulate the form of it, the essence could not be emulated without acquiring that piece of knowledge. Since forms could be duplicated and copied easily by human observation, keeping the more complicated and core philosophy and knowledge hidden was a Final Defense.

4. Because of the onion security effect, even if the dojo was infiltrated or students left and sold their training to the highest bidder, the Secret Techniques will remain secret due to the fact that the enemy won’t have all the pieces. They may know one Fundamental block of the technique, but without the rest it is useless as a weapon.

5. The Successor of a school obtains all of that school’s secrets to pass on to the next generation. Keeping the number of people who know small, is also a requirement of keeping secrets. For every single additional person that knows a secret, the chance of it being exposed increases by a factor of 10. If 2 people can keep a secret at around 50%, let us say, then adding another person doesn’t make it 33%. It makes it 5%. Factor of 10. Well 10 should be the highest. There are lower ones, but they are all multiplicative, rather than additive.

The question of why how Tai Chi can be used in combat, necessitates that you understand what combat is, how victories are gained in combat, what Tai Chi is, and how Tai Chi accomplishes victories.

Part of the mysticism of Martial Arts (T) was that it was structured like an RPG system. The more effort you put in, the more you got out. You wouldn’t get the strongest abilities, until you had excelled at that particular art. I suppose that may have been true in China and Japan, which still have a bloody history of internal strife as early as 50 or 100 years ago, the same is not true for the US. The Last Civil War here was more than a century ago.

As a consequence, cultural osmosis created some interesting results. The ATA is one example. But of course, that may be said to be a negative one. But there are positive examples as well.

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