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)

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