The Forces of Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan

Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan is an attack and defense martial art that consists of accurate movements.  The techniques are rapidly chain-executed:

“Winding and circling in all possible directions”“Like a butterfly that flutters in and out of a field of flowers.”

Perfectly linked together like the petals of a plum blossom: Therefore its name is “Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan.”  In the training of Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan the most important part is to master its forces. The training of Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan should never only be limited to imitating the physique of a Mantis, furthermore it is of the utmost importance to eagerly and correctly study the forces applied in every movement. Excellent referees determine a contestant”s skill level in Taiji Meihua Tanglang just by observing if a technique”s forces are applied correctly or not.    Taiji Meihua Tanglang Quan”s applied forces regarding the distance of force application can be divided into: 钻-”zuan”, 劈-”pi”, 崩-”beng”, 蹭-”ceng”, 挂-”gua”, 圈-”quan”, 漏-”lou” which are the 7 kinds of far distance attack forces. Furthermore there are: 榜-”bang”, 枕-”zhen”, 采-”pu”, 恳-”ken”, 随-”sui”, 格-”ge”, 贴-”tie”, which are the 8 kinds of close range attack forces. Kung Fu seniors refer to a Mantis beating a cicada and a Mantis fighting a snake, where both of the above combat characteristics are combined, when they say:

“One inch long, one inch strong; One inch short, one inch dangerous.”

The quintessence of martial arts experience is summarized in the therefore famous “Seven long (forces) and eight short (forces).”  The applied forces of Taji Meihua Tanglang Quan regarding the force application in matters of hard and soft can be divided into: 8 kinds of hard forces and 12 kinds of soft  forces, these are the famous “8 hard (forces) and 12 soft (forces)”.  In combat the applied forces are reactions to the opponent’s different attacking methods. Only after accurate judgment utilizing hard and soft powers one will strike the opponent with a fatal attack. The way of applying soft and hard forces can be best described in this saying:

“Soft as a willow in the wind and hard as an iron hammer when it strikes stone.”

Soft and hard forces are not inborn, and one won”t be able to acquire them after just a short time of training. One has to pass through long and hard training. In the beginning the forces are inexistent then they develop and grow into a strong point. 

 

Master Yu Bin – translation by Felix