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Have you seen Lindswell Lindswell's Wushu performance from 2018? Her movements strike me with awe!

youtube.com/watch?v=2CpiY8gCdB

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@simsa02 Awe-inspiring definitely... I could watch tai chi vids all day 🙂 I love that a good form moves from the power of "strong" yang to "supporting" yin in a breath. Given the power of water, how would one wield it?

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« Given the power of water, how would one wield it? »

Isn't that the $60,000 question? :-)

From an external standpoint (one not involving "energy") it seems that much lies in the softness and openness of the joints. Compare Lindwswell will Agatha Wong youtube.com/watch?v=tJYoAS76ga and it's apparent why Lindswell is so good.

@simsa02 How weird, it was Wong's video I watched yesterday, so I'm slightly confused. Interesting to compare though. That last section of Wong's form is just amazing though.

@simsa02 "softness and openness of the joints" is key - or rather, the joints are the points at which _muscular_ blocks occur, like kinks in a hosepipe.

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When I compare Lindswell with Wong I recognise the softness and agility of the joints in her that I find a bit missing in Wong. Difficult to say whether that's a result of training or a natural disposition.

What you describe as "points at which _muscular_ blocks occur" makes a lot of sense to me. I used to see blocked joints and blocked muscles as different things but my practice confirms more and more that opening the joints creates a relaxation of the muscles. Very intersting.

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