Saturday, January 7, 2012

What is the Difference Between Silk Reeling and Spiral Force?

I recently wrote an article recently about Silk Reeling in Tai Chi. A reader on LinkedIn suggested that I was confusing some terms.

What exactly is the difference between "silk reeling" and "spiral force"?

My teacher uses the terms interchangeably. He has a Chen background. I did some research online and found the terms silk reeling (chan si jing) and spiral force (luo xuan jing). However, I could not find any explanation of what these terms meant.

One web site, Shaolin Gongfu, defined both terms the same, as "the strength twisting in a round". That's not very helpful. I would really appreciate some help understanding these terms.