Ren Guangyi Compact Erlu and Folding Kua

Robi Sen has posted a video of RGY performing his Compact Cannon First (Er Lu) form. It was back in the year 2000 or so when I first a video of RGY doing taiji, chen taijii to be specific. He was doing a combined performance of laojia and xinjia elements and it was awesome. He had such low stances with thighs parallel to the ground that after seeing that performance, I knew that’s what I wanted to study, but unfortunately there were no chen taiji instructors in the area.

Not until 2005 or so did I really start appreciating his gonfu. I started to see beyond the low stances and focus on the subtle movements involving his kua. He wasn’t shift weight from leg to leg, but transferring from kua to kua, and you could definitely see the “folding” of the crease.

Ren Guangyi doing Xinjia elements in 2000


There’s actually quite a bit of discussion surrounding the kua lately. Internal Arts IA has graciously posted an interview with CZH that was 2 years in the making! Formosa Neijia has posted a series of articles on Song Kua that reminds me a bit of my thoughts on the relationship between the hips, torso and kua. Lots of good discussions and perspectives floating around so check em out 🙂


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One Response to Ren Guangyi Compact Erlu and Folding Kua

  1. Chen_Student (from the ChenWired Forum) says:

    Enjoyed your review,… much stronger than mine (on the Chen Wired Forum) on technical details, something I tend to overlook, unless there is a really annoying defect (as in the Wang Lijun Xinjia programs). Thank you for the reference…

    … and speaking of which, I found the following entry on the word “Vajra” on Wikipedia.

    [quote]Vajra (Devanagari: वज्र) is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond and is ritual tool or spiritual implement which is symbolically important to both Buddhism and Hinduism, but is particularly important in Buddhism.[/quote]

    Interesting enough, it’s an object and not a descriptive noun for a warrior figure of some sort.

    [quote]… The vajra destroys all kinds of ignorance, and itself is indestructible. In tantric rituals the Vajra symbolizes the male principle which represents method in the right hand and the Bell symbolizes the female principle, which is held in the left. Their interaction leads to enlightenment. … Made to be worn as a pendant, it reminds the wearer, and the viewer, of the supreme indestructibility of knowledge.

    In Buddhism the vajra is the symbol of Vajrayana, one of the three major branches of Buddhism. Vajrayana is translated as “Thunderbolt Way” or “Diamond Way” and can imply the thunderbolt experience of Buddhist enlightenment or bodhi and also implies indestructibility, just as diamonds are harder than other gemstones.

    In the tantric traditions of both Buddhism and Hinduism, the vajra is a symbol for the nature of reality, or sunyata, indicating endless creativity, potency, and skillful activity. The term is employed extensively in tantric literature: the term for the spiritual teacher is the vajracarya; instead of bodhisattva, we have vajrasattva, and so on. The practice of prefixing terms, names, places, and so on by vajra represents the conscious attempt to recognize the transcendental aspect of all phenomena; it became part of the process of “sacramentalizing” the activities of the spiritual practitioner and encouraged him to engage all his psychophysical energies in the spiritual life…. In Hindu mythology vajra is a powerful weapon having the combined features of sword, mace, and spear. It was created out of hard bones of sage Dadhichi who gave up his life willingly for a noble cause so that his spine could be used to build the weapon to be used for a noble cause. … [/quote]

    The rest is up at

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