Tai Chi Power Generation

One instructor told me that Taiji is a door hinge and he wasn’t joking.

But I didn’t really want to talk about Taiji, but rather how marksmanship for modern shooters compared to the muscle control of internal Chinese arts like Taiji, Xingyi, and Pakua.


So after you get a good look at this, basically imagine if you stuck your finger in the middle of that steel trap and then pushed the door it was attached to with a finger. How much force would you feel in the finger trapped by the steel teeth? Less or more than the power you inputted with your pushing finger?

This is the power of internal arts. In order to acquire, understand, and issue this power, you must have enough muscle control to hit the bullseye at the maximum effective range of your firearm, while shooting from the hip. Or at least enough muscle control to modulate breathing and only command the trigger finger to activate.

In H2H arts, power comes from the hips and body’s internal structure as well as external structure. For a gun, all the power comes from the internal construction and combustion energy, with only accuracy being applied externally. In order to apply that external accuracy control well, a human needs to be able to control his body’s autonomic processes via breathing and excellent muscle control/relaxation/stillness. For long range targets, an element of instinct when it comes to zeroing, wind, and bullet drop will also come into play.

All of these elements are utilized in H2H fighting techniques. The internal art just draws the power internally, rather than externally. The door + hinge is the body’s bones and nerves, specifically anchored on the joints like the hip joints, knees, and spinal curvature. The muscles are the exploding powder and trigger. The mind is the killer.

Xingyi prioritizes linear movement, in lines, so is probably the most familiar to a fighter that uses external power sources or a straight shooter.

Pakua engages in circular movements.

Taiji Chuan combines lines and circles to form a drill, the rotating bullet in a rifle.

Since many Westerners, including Americans, have a difficult time visualizing Eastern translations and mythical voodoo, perhaps a more Western analogy would help them more. Even though many Americans are absolutely ignorant of how guns work and what killing is about. Even though many in the international community consider Americans warmongers and as the country of the gun. It is both a term of insult if they are enemies as well as a term of respect from those who have had their countries invaded and their people enslaved: given how America has not allowed a single foreign hostile force on its soil since US Civil War I.

So Western engineers, study door hinges and then go out and conquer those who use muscles as power. For gravity, mass, inertial, and mechanical leverage are much more powerful than puny human muscles that can only use a pulley system.

A Taiji master can absorb and suppress incoming force of a thousand pounds, using little more than a few ounces of pressure per tick. Then transfer the incoming force to the other side, the hinge, and explode an enemy’s internal organs while sending them 1 or 2 stories up in the air.

Magick? Probably.

That would have been just as magickal to those living 2 centuries ago.

Btw, the history channel just had some blood bag burst in mid air. A 50 caliber round will make a human torso explode, limbs flying every way. There’s not just a big hole in the back. There is “no back” and “no torso” left. If the round hits high on the head or neck (due to wind), then you might have half a stump of a torso left. Just for those wondering.

(Bonus Link)

The center line of the human body is essentially the spinal curve and the center of gravity is generally in the gut or hips, different for almost everyone. Thus by using the length of the limbs, the distance from the line of the body, this allows “torque”. What holds the hinge in place is thus the “root” to the ground. A hinge is no good if it is just floating in water or air. Those with no root or who lose their root, cannot mechanically leverage incoming force into outgoing force via a multiplier. It’s not magick, it’s just basic human physics, applied to the human anatomy.

Working link. US companies are cracking down on the free market, so youtube limits access to videos due to copyright issues.

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2 Comments on “Tai Chi Power Generation”

  1. 88 Says:

    Hello Ymar, Just wanted to say I think you’re doing a great job with your blog, It always gets me to consider my training from a fresh perspective. I always go back to the same “old” material with renewed vigour after reading one of your posts on TMA.

    No-one else brings the same emphasis (structure, rooting, forces of nature) and style of writing. Keep on bringing that unique content. Cheers. ^_^

  2. ymarsakar Says:

    Thanks for the feedback. Will continue on as per normal SOP (Standard Operating Procedures).

    In this world of ours, full of risk, human trials, tribulations, and inhuman acts, it’s good to find a stable rock upon which to stand that the storm winds cannot uproot.

    Even if I received no physical benefits from this training, it’d still be something I had to do, for my spirit and soul.

    (Tweaked some things and added a bonus link at the bottom. Japanese may call that a free service or an “omake”.)

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