Shísān Gān 十三杆 – 13 Long Pole – Part 8

Jià 架
  1. Dǒu 抖
    Dǒu means shake. When we are cold, we Fā Dǒu 發抖, Fā is releasing and Dǒu is shaking. With the pole, it means shaking the pole. We do not actually shake the pole, we use Fā Jìn 發勁 – Release Power to make the pole shake. This means the power is in the pole and the shaking hits the opponent’s weapon, which might break, and if it hits a person, then they will be seriously injured! When we practise our Tàijí 太極 form and punch, the Fā Jìn makes our body shake as well and this means that all the power goes to the fist. When we practise Dǒu, we will usually practise Héng 橫 and Dǒu together, and after many, many times, our Gōng Lì 功力 – Internal Strength and Fā Jìn will be very powerful.
  2. Jià 架
    Jià means holding or framing a position. Like in Lǎojià 老架 – Old Frame, and Xīnjià 新架 – New Frame. When we practise in each movement, and each movement can have many positions we call a Jià, which means frame. When we hold the pole 45 degrees up at an angle, this is Jià. The movement is to separate the opponent from their pole when they attack.
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