Fighting concept #3.

February 25, 2009

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顺势吞化:这是以柔克刚的打法。顺其来势,把对方的来招引进、使之落空。用四两拨千斤的方法去造成对方失去平衡、处于劣势,或仆跌。

顺势吞化 Using “swallow” to seize advantage.

 

Now this is, in all probability, the “great divide” between internal and external systems.

 

The “swallow” has been interpreted to “yielding” “avoiding” etc etc all signifying a “soft” approach to fighting.

 

Or the typical “using 4 ounces to upset 1000 pounds” idiom that is frequently quoted.

 

So this implies a more defensive methodology.

 

Understanding of energy execution is fundamental; you want to wait until your opponent’s energy is spent and then counterattack usually by disrupting his balance and flooring him.

 

The other theory is to “lead” your opponent’s energy.

 

The terminology used is to “listen” to opponent’s energy.

 

In the clip that Russ posted, the technique “Leading Cow Across the River” is one good example of this strategy.

Btw, in everyday’s usage, “swallow” also means to tolerate or not to fight back….

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