The contradictive aspects of motion and stillness according to Wang Xiangzhai
By Yu Yongnian

 I 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”.

 II. Specificities 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 contraction/relaxation process.

 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 understand.

 “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 generally.

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.

In Ancient China, as early as Guan Zi, are already mentioned as “mental disciplines”, not “martial arts”, or “boxing”, “Qigong” 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 circles.

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 circles.

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