- Tàijí is born from wújí.
It is the mother of yin and yáng.
- In movements, it [ yin and yáng] separates
and in stillness it unifies.
- It must not be overdone or fall short.
Respond to the curve with expansion.
- When the opposition is strong, become supple; this is yielding.
Follow the person back without disconnection; this is sticking.
- When the movement is fast, respond quickly.
When the movement is slow, follow slowly.
- Although there are many variations,
there is only one principle.
- Proficiency evolves into understanding the forces.
Understanding precedes spiritual clarity.
- Only through persevered practice will profound understanding be attained.
- Be conscious on the crown of the head.
Sink the qì to the dantian.
- Do not tilt or lean.
Suddenly conceal and suddenly reveal.
- When the left is substantial, the left becomes insubstantial and when the right is
substantial, the right becomes insubstantial.
- When the opponent attacks upwards, I lead him higher.
When the opponent attacks downwards, I draw him lower.
When he steps forward, I overextend him.
When he withdraws I close onto him.
- A feather cannot be added.
A fly cannot settle.
- The opponent is not aware of me, but I’m fully aware of him.
He who has achieved all of this, will be invincible.
- There are a lot of other martial arts, with differences in styles and movements. However
their basis is the strong overcoming the weak or the slow giving way to the fast.
- The strong overcoming the weak and the slow giving way to the fast, is simply an innate
skill and not an achievement of martial art study.
- Considering the verse; “Only four tael are required to neutralise a thousand catty of force”,
shows that victory is not due to superior strength.
Observing an old man defeating a mob raises the question; what is [the value] of speed?
- Stand like a level scale, be mobile like a wheel.
Sinking allows you to follow,
double heaviness causes you to be stagnant (hindered).
- Someone after years of dedicated practice being unable to adjust or neutralise, and is
easily defeated by others, has not understood the fault of double heaviness.
- To avoid this fault, you must understand the harmony (dynamic association) between yīn
and yáng. This will lead to dongjin (understanding the forces/energies).
- Once dongjin is achieved; further practice and analysis develops greater refinements.
Gradually you will reach the stage where everything extends from the will of the mind and
- The foundation is to forget yourself, and follow the other.
Most mistakenly neglect the near and pursue the far.
It is said: “To miss by a fraction of a lí is to miss by a thousand lí.
The student must comprehend all of these points fully,
so I [Wang Ts’ung – Yueh] say.