THE WARRIOR’S PUNCH
If the system of analysis of a master of tai chi chuan is close to the one I attributed to Lowen, the goals are different. A warrior has no intention of being possessed by his emotions. He intends to become effective. He wants to give a punch that is correctly supported by his legs, pelvis, and back. The force comes from the back of the body, not from the arms and the hands. The entire mass of the body brings weight to the punch. Moreover, the thrust of the punch must never go beyond the postural base, defined by the feet, to maintain the mastery of the equilibrium. For as soon as the fist is too far advanced, the weight of the body tips toward the front of the feet and the equilibrium of the body loses its footing.â The individual is thus no longer centered because of the off-balanced forward thrust in the attempt to hit another; consequently he is now vulnerable to a counterattack. That is why, instead of breathing out in hitting, as the innate physiological mechanisms linked to aggression would have it, the warrior often hits while using the paradoxical expiration and sometimes while breathing in. The message is no longer I am going to smash your jaw,â but mostly, you will not make me lose my equilibriumâ
I do not believe the Chinese are masters of their emotions.â The option developed by Chinese martial arts requires a lengthy and regular training to establish itself. To impose on the organism a way to be and act other than the one put in place by innate biological mechanisms requires an immense effort, a discipline that must be reinforced almost every day through hours of practice. In the face of emotions, knowing never suffices.