Wood Power

Wood Power is the third of the Five Energies. Traditionally, Wood energy is described as expanding, just as a tree grows outwards in all directions, year after year.

In the words of Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai: "Wood is the yielding, yet rooted, power of a tree." This reminds us of the importance of the foundation practices (pages 11-15) that underlie all accomplishment in Da Cheng Chuan: without the deep rooting that develops from the standing practice of Zhan Zhuang, your body's external movements will be without power.

Wood Power draws its strength from the standing practice and then extends straight ahead. It has the force of lightning that streaks across the sky or an axe's blade shearing along a straight beam of timber.

You start to release blows like a volley of straight arrows, one after another in quick succession. Each cuts through the air, straight to its target.

Wood Power is greater than wood itself. It has the unstoppable, cutting speed of a chain saw. The chain is not stiff: your arm is never fully extended. The point of contact is as sharp as a drill: your fist is formed into an arrowhead.

The application of this power in the martial arts is renowned. It also influences the full spectrum of your energy field. Wood Power is resilient. It enables you to take an emotional or physical blow, absorb its impact and bounce back. You are not crushed by failure. Rather, like a tree, you can transform one form of energy into another. Like branches in the wind, you can return again and again. Fully concentrated, this power of the mind is like an archer.

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