Three Rules for Self Defense: Rule Twelve

No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.” 2 Timothy 2:4-5

We are currently sharing with you several “Rules of Three” that are part of training in Grace Martial Arts.

You can look at previous Rules here:

Three Rounds

“Round” is a term we use often in Grace Martial Arts and there is good reason for it. We train so that all of our movements are circular. It’s vital for beginners, but also important for intermediate and advanced students.

“Conceal one’s force like the bow: round and ready to spring. Make your body round outside and round your force inside.” The Chinese Five Word Song, Verse 33

So many physical attacks are linear – a straight line. Training to be round in structure and move circularly is a good way to respond to linear attacks.

“All turning and bending is curved.” The Chinese Five Word Song, Verse 115

Training in roundness (circularity) also prepares the body to respond to an attack in a spring-like fashion. Your movement should be round and smooth.

GM John Chung Li used the analogy of the rounded bow strung for the arrow:

“… as the bow is rounded, creating greater ’emptiness,’ more force is stored for the arrow’s release.” GM John Chung Li

Back Bone Round

“The arms and back should be round as if hugging.” The Chinese Five Word Song

Grand Master Robert Xavier
Grand Master Robert Xavier

Chest Round

“In Hsing-I, the shoulders should be rounded by slightly hollowing the upper chest … In Pa-Kua you are instructed to hollow the chest, thereby creating a bow with the two shoulders.” GM John Chung Li

Tiger-Mouth Round

“… hands cupped, leaving space between the thumb and forefinger.” The Chinese Five Word Song

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Senior Instructor Mark McGee

“Each movement should be clearly distinguished from the other. In the advanced stage, the movements in the T’ai Chi form are smoothed into spherical, fluid, continuous movement patterns. Relaxation should be overall, throughout the entire body. The goal of the body’s feature is to move every joint and muscle of the entire body, together in unison, without hindrance or obstruction anywhere.” The Chinese Five Word Song

Next Time

We will look at another set of Rules of Three for Grace Martial Arts when our special series continues.

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