Pào Chuí 砲捶 – Part 7
Zhàn 戰 means fighting, but the kind of fighting that happens in a war, not just one on one combat. It is like two groups, parties or even countries going to war. In Sūn Zi Bīng Fǎ 孫子兵法 – Sūn Zi’s Art of War, it says, “Fighting must be quick” and this is quite true, it must not take too long otherwise both sides will become exhausted and they will both lose a lot of lives and money. So it must be quick and we do not fight for no reason and not for emotional reasons, we should fight for beneficial change so that the situation is better. This is a good fight. Throughout Pào Chuí 砲捶 we need to have the fighting attitude and each movement must be treated as fighting. This is why Pào Chuí is powerful and dynamic.
Pào Chuí will bring up our Qì 氣, our power and our spirit, then we will be fearless and also healthy. We should not treat Pào Chuí in the same way as Yīlù —路 – first form, where we enjoy the movement and by the end, we feel stronger and ready for more. Pào Chuí makes us use power and Fā Jìn 發勁, but Fā Jìn many times it is like running 100 meters and at the end of it we feel like we have had a fight with someone, but in this fight, no one gets injured.