Welcome to Virtual Class 4. First, Tatiana and I move forward and backward in short Yi Quan video. Then join me in an exploration of Yang Cheng Fu's 10 Essential Principles # 4: Differentiate between xu and shi. – Fen Xu Shi - 分虛實.
(There were some issues in recording this video so I apologize for the quality. In my experimentation, I think I figured out a few things and I expect the audio and video quality to be much improved in the future.)
What you think about xu shi? How does this concept affect your movement and balance? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for the today's warm-up and Xu/Shi class. I've always thought differentiating between xu and shi was the most important principle, or maybe it's just the one I enjoy working on the most. It's easy to see this principle at work in the large weight shifting movements, but new to me was the idea of differentiating xu/shi even in the more subtle arm movements, from one side of the arm to the other, and so on throughout the body. Wow, thanks for blowing my mind a little bit today! I needed that. And, just want to say I didn't notice any issues with the video.
Both warmups and class seemed very natural and no problem was apparent to me. I realized you could apply xu and shi within the foot as well as the rest of the body. I am liking the drills that use parts of the form on both sides. One can train the unfamiliar side by mirroring you. I'm wondering if one of your chen applications could include the green dragon drill that you developed. I think it would help to train the side we don't do in the form, which is always hard for me. Thanks.
I think it is a good idea to start adding more Chen style techniques to the videos (even though these are Yang Cheng Fu's points). I am thinking about doing some short separate videos of specific drills. The green dragon drill would defiantly be on the list.
I was mostly still and focused on structure in the standing. It probably would have been a good addition to ad movement to the standing.
Xu/shi should always be present. Sometimes it is in parts of the foot (front of foot to back of foot or inside of foot to outside of foot) and sometimes slightly shifting from foot to foot (if your standing is very active). Xu/shi is a spectrum, not a hard line, so sometimes the difference is very clear and sometimes it is very subtle, but if it is not actively present you will be double weighted.
Thanks for a great question.
For isolation, I still can get very busy and I wasn't able to actually watch the 4th class about xu and shi and the warm up of forward and back. I find that I am able to really focus during these classes even if I have felt scattered and distracted most of the day and that has been often. This is a great benefit of these classes. Sometimes I get confused about if I should be mirror imaging you (most of the time), but when we actually do some of the Yang short form, I no longer mirror image and it gets confusing. The concepts of xu and shi are feeling less foreign now. Thank you for this wonderful resource. I wish more of the class would weigh in. It would be good to hear other view points. Oh well, I am thrilled with this addition to my practice.
Making these videos helps me to pull in from the "scatted and distracted" feelings as well. I know that mirroring can be confusing. Do you think it would be helpful if I shot some of the video with my back to the camera?
I kind of am enjoying the challenge of the mirror image. It engages my brain and I actually can observe your form more constantly than in live class where there are often people in front of me.
Anyway I haven't done #5 yet. I am having some interesting observations though outside of class. When I walk or jog with my dog I practice the principal's we have learned and interestingly I had some success on Friday when I was jogging I thought of the entire jog as one thing instead of separate moments or steps and then I had some several minutes of success with doing the first 3 principal's at once.
Then today I was on a hike with Laika again and I was observing xu/shi in my glutes and I noticed that if I tried to control it I would get that double weighted thing and it wasn't natural, but if I just observed it than I could really "distinguish" between xu and shi.
Also I realized that I had an injury for about 15 years that eventually got fixed but that I compensated by tightening certain muscles when I did certain moves and that inhibited the xu/shi flow and the old habits are still in my muscle memory.