Monday, August 07, 2006
Episode 7 - Bamboo and Mercury
Bamboo and Mercury
The photo shows a bamboo grove in Kyoto.
One of the characteristics of the bamboo is straight outside and hollow inside. Ancient Chinese scholars used it to signify the upright character of a respectable gentleman.
Internal Martial Art requires a practitioner to utilise his internal force like "mercury in a bamboo pipe", to facilitate non-dissipation of power during force transmission process. In an ideal situation, the force as transmitted should like mercury flowing freely within a bamboo pipe.
(See also Episodes Three for Movement in Stillness and Five for Stillness in Movement)