Hmm.. the more I see on the Wu Style, the more interested I am becoming of this approach. We first saw a breakdown of the Wu form into it’s square and round components and the purpose of each component. Then Hwa comes out with this video, which I think is quite good. I’ve never really seen such emphasis being put on “isolation” of certain parts of the body. How does this jive with “when one part moves, the whole body moves”?
When I first learned xingyi and some liuhebafa, quite a bit of emphasis was placed on power generation through the opening/closing of the back. In fact, LHBF added the 3 joints of the back to the “original 6 harmonies”, resulting in a “9-joint harmony” method of power generation.
A lot more of the modern material I see places quite a bit of emphasis on keeping the back straight. While this may be aesthetically pleasing, I often question how this lends itself to power generation? Are we merely a “top” (think kid’s toy) that spins about itself and is able to deflect any incoming force? How does this play with the idea of “enticing” or opponents in, or the concepts of compress/contract?