Origin of Tai Chi- 15. Needle at the Bottom of the Sea

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“Sea Bottom” is the point on a meridian. Actually the books never say where that point is, but I think it must be in the region of the energy center (dan bian) in the abdomen. So you are using your hand to attack the chu hai (an acupuncture point on the abdomen just below the navel, the dan point). To do this you would only go down part way. In training you go down lower, stretching your lower back. But always keep your head up so your energy will not go down, and you can always see your opponent.

The body is strung like five bows. When I have five bows the opponent shoots out like an arrow.

My energy is very penetrating, as is a needle that reaches to the bottom of the sea.

The five bows are the actual function, but you should feel the energy reaching everywhere. Energy flows to the chi hai in both lesser and greater cycles.

Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing- State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

“Sea Bottom” is a peak spot in your body you stretch. Where the spot is located is unclear but it is near your belly (dan bian). It is an acupuncture point just below your belly button called the chu hai. Your hand thrusts out at the chu hai by bending over part way down toward the floor. However, when you practice you bend lower to stretch your lower back. Keep your head up as you bend to see your opponent, and keep your energy upward.

Your body stretches like five bows being pulled. When you have control of the five bows you can project yourself like an arrow toward your opponent.

You energy drives down like a needle sinking down to the ocean floor.

The five bows represent the body stretching during your practice. However, you should feel energy flowing throughout your body. You can feel your energy rising and falling as it flows through the acupuncture point below your belly button.

Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    • In this Tai Chi move you stretch your body and use your hand to feel your energy rise and fall.
  2. In other words….
    • This Tai Chi move is an energy flowing practice by stretching the body.
  3. For example…
    • When you stretch your arm you can feel your energy run throughout your entire arm.

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