Old Style – Feng Shou Chuan Shu and Old Style – Li Family Harmony Palm
The more you understand about the Li Family Style stances and postures the better your Feng Shou and Harmony Palm will be.
Posture is a part of what is called Bone Stacking; this is where the body weight is naturally directed through the centre of the joints down through the bone / bones to the next joint and so on.
It is the relationship between the bones and all that goes into the making of the joint assembly: ligament, synovial capsule, etc.
There is also the relationship between the muscles and the tendons, and in some ways with the fascia.
It is when the relationships between the bones, joints, muscles and tendons with the fascia start working well that the strength really comes to life.
We start to lose control of the body as the ego takes hold around the age of 6. And we start to rely on tension for strength, as that’s what we are taught.
If you allow yourself to feel into what’s going on inside you can feel what is ego moving your body and what the body can actually do. Say for instance that you are standing in a right snake stance being pushed from your right side, if you decide you are not going to move, muscles start to tense up, the pressure of the push moves onto the joint / joints and you are moved out of the snake stance.
But if you just have the idea of staying where you are and don’t let the ego move the muscles and joints, then the bones and joints start to do something natural, and the muscles and tendons start to back up the bones and joints, (but not with tension). When this happens the person who is doing the pushing is misaligned and ends up pushing against them-selves.
Eventually this process can happen at any speed through evasions, ward-offs strikes or kicks. Harmony Palm is an excellent way to practice natural movement. But can you let go of your ego?