The Bow

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Bowing Concepts: Beyond the Form


Starting Position
  • One first stands erect then sinks the energy into the earth.
  • From this root, one inhales the rising arms to cross each other,
  • as the hands come together gathering energy into the clenched pair.
  • One hand is open and flat, the other a fist; symbolizing the hard/soft and open/ closes.
  • Combined they push upward and forward directed by the Lower Dan Tien and grounded into the earth.

The head is slightly tilted forward with the hand pair being extended.

The earth energy is allowed to harmonize, and the stance is settled and grounded:
Heaven and Earth Chi connected.

Ending Position

Same as starting position, but emphasis is on returning energy and balance.
The head is slightly nodded forward, it is not lowered past the view of one's eyes.

The Head Position

When the head is lowered past the point where you can see what is ahead of you, it implies blind trust and complete subjugation, as a slave to a king or emperor. A bent neck is too easy to behead or break. You won’t see animals doing this.

Internal Traditional Chinese Martial Arts came out of Buddhism and Taoism which values awareness, consciousness, and non-attachment. When one is a subject, they are attached to their leader’s position, whether it is good or evil, right or wrong.

There is much to be gained by going through the adjustments of one’s perceptions and philosophy that develop the classics. This does not happen when one just agrees, copies or memorizes.

No warrior or free-thinker, should lower themselves to anyone, not even their leaders, parents, friends, priest or teachers. In the same manner, one should not hold themselves above others.

Respect is shown by the nod of the head. Doing a bow by bending at the waist, while keeping the neck straight is the same as putting your head on the chopping block, lowering yourself to dirt.

Teachers that are into obedience will lower their head in blind, servile compliance; the worse they are, the lower they bow. They serve money, dictators or monopolies, not the people. They do not respect an individual’s rights, or life, nor do they respect independent thought. These ‘teachers’ will never stand up for what is right; only what they are told to do.

It is much better to understand the why and how of the training, rather than being a puppet or parrot. When one trains in this manner, they learn about the timeless and universal concepts that are present in life, other disciplines, and knowledge itself. Merit for a position, is placed on the reasons, rather on who said them. What is right, not who is right.

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