Taoist terms in the martial arts

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When the literati took it upon themselves to organize the internal martial arts, they spared no effort to reconcile universal principles with the physical arts and incorporated cosmological terms into their disciplines. There are numerous examples where Taoist and Confucian universal principles were applied to the martial arts. Below is a listing of key and repeated themes in internal martial art literature.

According to ancient Chinese cosmology, creation began with Wuji, "the void or chaos" that divided into yin and yang from which t'ai chi or the phenomenological world came about (see diagram). When analyzed as a series of line symbols representing yin and yang, these symbols analyze phenomenological events as a merging of an upper "heaven"

The Development of the Phenomenological World

A TRIGRAM

A TRIGRAM

Diagram I

Pictorial representation:

Yang

Chaos

Chaos

Yang

Taiji And Wuji

Merging of Yin and Yang (T'ai Chi/Taiji)

Merging of Yin and Yang (T'ai Chi/Taiji)

Representation in trigram codification:

Representation in trigram codification:

Gua Zhang Movement Diagram
Diagram 2

YIN AND YANG IN BA GUA PRACTICE_

(Note: This cryptic instruction was handed down to Liu Xing-Han from Liu Bin and Gi Feng-Jeng.)

Ba Gua is not only physical movement, but a state and quality of mind. Understand the turning palm to be the core ofBa Gua practice and, beyond the eight guas and their changes, the ninth circle or "palace" to be the center of the secret.*

"Palm in"is yin, "palm out"is yang. Moving outward is yang, moving inward is yin, moving up is yang, moving down is yin. Train yin and yang to move in coordinated ways. This is the theory of Ba Gua Zhang.

line with a middle human line and a lower "earth" line (see Diagram). A series of eight three-line diagrams form trigrams which are called the ba gua trigrams.

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