Wujido 101: the Middle Block

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MB3Blocks; in the Wujido, should be applied very broadly and one should contemplate the range of application.  What is true of the middle block is true of the up block and the down block. This must be thoroughly investigated. As with each technique and method, adequate time and effort should be allotted to the mastery of its purpose.  The elements of utility include more than the movement of the arms but extend to footwork, the ability to integrate whole body, movement, resolve, and finally, the intent.

The entire movement involves the integration and interposing of the two fists in the now familiar triangular formation but with the lower and rear fist will initially rest in front of the elbow behind the lead fist palm up, thumb forward. The arrangement of the fore-fist is approximately the level of the chin with clear view to the front. MB1

Take note of the position between the shoulders in front of the sternum and covering (guarding) the middle solar plexus region.  Again it is a triangular relationship from the deltoids process a the arrangement of the arms and extensions proper.   What is from left to right is also from right to left. the position of the hips is level, supple and the movement is explosive from relaxed to fullness of energy.  The movement is also called crossing, in Chinese language the term used is Heng (pronounced Hung) which means to cross.  This indicates the meaning of the method.

Breathing should be relaxed and full from the abdomen with exhalation coordinated with action.  This must be studied carefully and not practiced absent mindfulness. Stances can be various and the crossing can be practiced also in combination with movements forward and back and laterally.

The practice of this technique should be equally distributed allowing for a static horse stance Ma Bu (cf. stances) and advancing and withdrawing with steps and unified integration of the waist and legs.  Here the practice should always observe the 6 external harmonies between the hands and feet, elbows and knees, and the hips and shoulders.

Suggested method of training:

Practice advancing and withdrawing with coordinated steps; two main stances are the forward weighted stance and the rear weighted stance.  Distribution should be 60/40 or 40/60 respectively.  Consider this carefully and clearly.  Move to the right and left in 45 degree steps advancing the crossing fist to the inside of your movement. Perform many repetitions (100-200) per session of practice.

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The shadow boxing aspect should maintain strict control of parameters with the forward extending fist not rising above the tip of the shoulder (same side) or upper sternum center)

 Application

Application extend well beyond blocking or parrying function. Position during advance and withdraw will of course adjust according to conditions.  this must be considered carefully. Hands and feet coordinate closely for best result. This is not a small matter.

The following illustrates an example of defending against a straight punch with advance and cross.