Taizu (Grand Ancestor) Boxing Principles.

February 15, 2009

Got a email a while back from a fellow Singaporean asking for more about Grand Ancestor Boxing….

So here goes – the fundamental principles. I am still working on the history and evolution and when that’s ready, it would be updated here.

 

太祖南拳拳理

太祖南拳拳理

一.论精、气、神:内练五脏,吞吐浮沉,颐气养神。练气化神是五祖拳的练拳宗旨。倡导气安于内而神显于外。气沉则神明意宁,神明则眼观四方、耳听八方,传之于心;意宁则心中朗朗,应之万变,审势、待时、度距就此而生。若气浮则神散意乱,神散则反应迟钝,动作笨拙,意乱则心中无主,败势尽露。 
二.论刚柔:武道不外刚柔二法,刚在他人前,柔承他人后。刚者,先发制人,动速势猛。柔者,后发制人,引化灵巧。刚可克柔,故善刚者,刚其不柔(可以不用柔而以刚取胜);柔亦可克刚,故善柔者,柔其不刚(可以不用刚而以柔取胜);全刚易折,全柔易缠。刚柔相济,胜券在握。 
三.论动静:动如风而不停留,谓疾也;静如水而无常形,莫测也。以静待动,舍我从人;以动乱静,舍人从我。静中无动谓之呆,动中无静谓之乱。故动静相合,是为得法。 
四.论神、意、形:意授于神而主形,以形藏意,用意导形,全神贯注,时隐时现,令人莫测,谓之形、意、神三者合一。 
五.论势:二人敌,得势者胜,失势者败。审势而后立策方能立于不败之地。审是审其虚实,度是度其强弱,实则避之,虚则击之,”逆来顺受”,出其不意;刚则化之,以柔克刚,弱则逼之,以刚克柔。 
六.论时:审时不如待时,千古不失之机为进而未稳,发而未至,变而未尽,过而未成之时。 
七.度距:度距立势需眼明手快,进击走势需身灵,步快毫厘之差,得失即现。 
八.论法:拳之精者,返朴归真,简也。法之妙者,若有若无,应运而生。 
九.论劲:劲者非力也,劲从力中生,蓄势而后发,力从筋骨发,蓄如弓满月。发力不用腰,朽木催不倒。发力不助气,劲不随人意。 
十.论步法:八法步为先,先稳固下盘,步稳而身后动,则无慢浮之虞;慢必受制,浮则无根。快中求稳,动中求静,才是步法追求的最高境界。 
十一.论手法:手法四诀/吞、吐、浮、沉。吞如洪水卷地,吐如疾箭离弦,浮如风吹羽毛,沉似顽石投江。(攻为吐、守为吞、进为吐、退为吞、快为吐、慢为吞、轻为浮、重为沉、化为浮、凝为沉) 
十二.论技手:技手又称”桥手”,有单、双、长、中、短。双技有四六技(双臂一长一短)又称父子相随。 
十三.基本练法要求:提百会以挺头,起牙关而强项;虎眼、狮嘴、龙喉。两肩坠而心胸守;十趾跷则脚力生;束档固肾(提档吊肚运气内转,脚夹尾椎镊以聚丹田)。要以气催力(发力时配以丹田力,声出肚硬);要欲发先收(手势出击七分,挱入三分,左右互动讲究和力);要先柔后刚(刚柔必须相济);要五肢齐(手脚四为技,身为一技谓五肢,发力先从后脚起,配以”摇身俊胛”浑身发力如电力一般)。
十四.发劲特点:劲力刚猛,以蹬腿(踏足挺膝也叫弹脚),力着以点的”金刚劲”(寸劲发力)、”摇身俊胛”使力从足底生,带动腰、肩胛、左右轮动,传递到肘、腕、浑身发出一种弹劲而示勇猛之形。 
十五. 技击法:连消带打法,以打反打法,以硬击软法,左右互换法,迂回游走法,虚实乱敌法,顺势吞化法等。 
十六. 临敌十要:一胆,二力,三精,四熟,五顺,六速,七灵,八稳,九声,十变。

Just want to highlight pt. #13 and 14.

Added together, these could be talking about general White Crane power generation method.

From the soles, to the waist, the back, the shoulders where the vibrating takes place and transmitting to the elbows, the wrists and then the fingers – this is almost an replica of White Crane jin methods.

Which is why, many of Taizu forms could be easily mistaken for White Crane, imho ……. 🙂

Signing out for today – bright and beautiful sunny Sunday.

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