Don't Get Stuck (Double Heavy)

Previously, I had understood double weighed to simply mean having equal weight on either foot. However, lately and especially after my workshop with Chen Zhonghua, I now consider it as being in a position where one is unable to move [workshop double heavy exercise].

In the Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method Volume One book, Hong Junsheng writes:

… These examples show that if the hand is solid then the foot must be empty [or the other way around]. If the front hand and foot are both solid, then the front foot cannot move freely.

In other words, if the front foot cannot move freely, one is “stuck”, ie Double Heavy. To me, this makes the concept of Double Heavy more fluid instead of being focused on fixed percentages or values of weight distribution.

In the video below, Chen Xiaowang discards the idea of 50-50 weight distribution and simply attributes double weightedness to mean “getting stuck”.

Perhaps this idea of 50-50 weight distribution meaning “double weighted” or “double heavy” is all just a big misunderstanding..


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3 Responses to Don't Get Stuck (Double Heavy)

  1. I agree not being double weighted is simply said to move freely with internal or fascial connection. To be double weighted Is more about bracing. Although bracing can be a pretty powerful martial method used in many styles.As far as front foot or hand… there are so many pathways that one should be able to move with… that getting stuck is more to do with bracing and not about which foot or hand and pathway is useful when and where.

  2. wujimon says:

    Hi Rick. I would agree that focusing on front hand/foot combinations could be limiting in terms of progress. That is why I focused on the “being able to move freely” aspect of the quote.Regarding “bracing”, I think I have an understanding of it, but not really sure what it means in the context of double weighted. Perhaps you could write a post about it 😉

  3. taijiquestion says:

    The way most Americans learning about the double-weight problem is when they use a folding stepladder, that opens out into an “A” frame. The higher you go on the ladder, the longer is your fall to ground if you overbalance or to use a better term, go off balance.Ironically the worst balance is found at the apex of the “A”, that is, the top of the ladder. All the work ladders now carry a printed warning that says “DON'T STAND ON THE TOP STEP!!!!” because several risk factors reach maximum when you're up there. But you and the ladder are most “balanced” when stand at the top of the ladder's centerline. Being balanced in this way, there's no way to go but down, for you and/or the ladder. It's equivalent to Standing Stake using no mental tricks at all, just trying to stand at attention but without tension. You've got 360 degrees to sway in. What will keep you motionless? (I.E., balanced and still.) Ankles of Steel?But in taiji sense, being double weighted is equivalent to a taiji symbol with both sides the same color; and no contrasting dots. No yin for yang to fill; no yang to fill towards yin. How's anything going to move? But a layman would just say no problem, I can push myself from here to there anytime and no taoist mumbo jumbo can stop me. Bye-bye taiji. 🙂

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