The contradictive aspects of motion and stillness according to Wang Xiangzhai
By Yu Yongnian
Introduction of this unorthodox boxing system
Wang Xiangzhai mentioned in his “ Theory of
Dachengquan”: “The practice of an authentic martial can answer to the demanding
needs of all mankind of a new vital spark, paving all states with a solid
learning approach, building necessary philosophical foundations and helping its
practitioners to draw properly their social life line.
After several decades of studies in martial
arts, pursuing and exploring the embedded meanings, through principles exposed,
validating as scientifically as possible all significant parameters, dispelling
artifices and tricks, revealing hidden and secret knowledge, privileging the
overall transparency, digesting existing practices, reformulating them through
a more explicit angle, this leads him to create an unorthodox method of combat.
Now increasing appraisals are exulting from all martial arts circles, while
this method allows reducing dramatically the learning curve, as a result it has
even being renamed “Dachengquan” or Greatest Achievement Boxing, from its
original name of “Yiquan”.
of this unorthodox boxing
Why unorthodox boxing? According to what criteria
is it unorthodox? How does it differ
from others martial arts?
After many decades of personal theoretical
research but also practical “exchanges”, this special or “unorthodox” character
is in fact related to the Chinese traditional concept of “stillness”, looking
for the internal “objects”, internal “movements” as described as “The way
through stillness” by Guan Zi – Internal Arts – Chapter 36, this can also find
in the characteristics of Chinese Daoist doctrines. Precisely from this
unorthodox approach of generating “stillness dynamics” system. This leads me to
reformulate as the Second
auto kinetic movement: contraction/relaxation of resting muscles in opposition
with First auto kinetic movement where only working muscles are involved in the
Based on my studies on “Searching the
object” materialized by this specific training of resting muscles in this
Second auto kinetic movement, we can divide in three main parts and nine
segments relating contradictive martial and philosophical aspects.
First the contradictive aspect of dynamic
and static, which leads us to the aspect of movement and stillness, which can
be viewed as form and intention, in other words the contradictive aspect of
postural execution and mental activity, which is in fact the contradiction of
cause and effect. These three basic contradictive aspects between central nervous
system and muscles, constitute the first contradictive aspect that we need
first to understand in this specific method of “searching object”.
Bottom versus up, the contradiction between
upper limbs and lower limbs.
Contraction versus relaxation, contradiction
between stiffening and releasing.
Essential and artificial, contradiction
between root segments and artificial segments.
These three last contradictions are
involving the contradiction between parts of the body and the whole internal
body. This constitutes the second segment of contradiction necessary to
“Qi” and “Wu”, the contraction between “sensation
of Qi” and “apparition of Wu”.
Local and global, the contradiction between
parts of the body and whole body.
Internal and external, the contradiction
between internal and external body.
This constitutes the third segment to understand.
What we have briefly described above are
called the three segments/nine sub-segments of contradiction which are
permanently present in the progression of in combat abilities and the way most
In fact these three main contradiction
segments constitute the basic three segments in mastering the stillness of “movement
and stillness”, which is also defined in traditional Chinese martial art as “form
and intention”, in Daoist concept as “effect and cause”, etc… In other words
the very specific of Chinese ancient art.
According to the Daoist doctrine:
concerning the relation between movement and stillness, stillness should be the
origin of all, stillness preceding movement and within stillness seeking the
object. Concerning intention and body, intention should be the origin of all
and cause precedes effect as it should always be the real way.
During Qing Dynasty, the practitioners
where among this large majority of people who were not looking physical
training not for prestige or label but rather in something really useful to
build up their health and develop their physical potential, gathering strength
and healing specially in these times where the average life span was much
shorter than nowadays.
This method of healing inherited from
ancient Chinese Taoist culture and based on “stillness” has unbelievable
positive results in curing chronic diseases and rebuilding health domains where
conventional medicine has so limited effects.
It materializes all the good virtues of the
concept of “weak using the practical of Dao” (described in Lao Zi – Chapter
40), we should radically pay attention for rational method of healing such as
Zhan zhuang even for the benefit of the largest part of mankind.
Ancient China, as early as Guan Zi, are
already mentioned as “mental disciplines”, not
“martial arts”, or “boxing”,
or anything else which came much later. With Lao Zi, it was revealed
under the name
of “Way” or “which leads to the Way”…
now in our scientific era it refers to a
better use of human brain.
In “Mental discipline” mentioned
previously, it is in fact through a relevant training of muscles develop and
boost further mental abilities.
Now we prefer to use the concept of second kinetic
movement of contraction/relaxation of resting muscles. Using brain abilities to
cure diseases or strengthen body in addition to a physical training is an
essential curing approach which should gain more and more interest in medical
Most of people are just realizing the aspect of speed and
amount of powering “movement”, as “Galloping horse”, “Flying Bird”, upper and
lower limbs are animated by incoherent movements, ignoring or underestimating “Holy man assumes the holding
position”, “he maintains his posture”, refraining any slightest movement in his
posture, using only the angular adjustments in posture and mental activity to
progress and explore all the invaluable treasures of the “stillness” healing
method, using the brain as the regenerative and strengthening motor to inspect
your own disease and strengthen your body. As early as 2700 years ago, “Guan Zi”
has mentioned the “Origin of all objects movements”, “the way of causal
stillness”. “Lao Zi” has also mentioned in his way as “Holy man assumes the holding
position”, “he maintains his posture”…
In “Neijing” the
traditional Classic of Chinese Medicine, it is mentioned also “He can
introspect deeply, all muscles interconnected as one”…The traditional Chinese
Daoist method versus Conventional western medicine, suffers from the same
conceptual distance than zhan zhuang versus the modern Chinese martial arts
based on frames (taolu). Therefore for the well being of all mankind, I
sincerely hope that such healing method will gain increasingly interest from a
larger audience of practitioners in the same way that TCM among the medical