Many energy channels of the body follow the tendon lines. Therefore, strengthening the tendons and corresponding pathways increases energy circulation throughout the body. The Iron Shirt 2 exercises help the practitioner move the body while maintaining and increasing a solid connection to the earth. This aspect creates helpful applications to Tai Chi practice, moving the body as a unit in everyday life, and to emotionally help the practitioner feel grounded and stable in life’s circumstances.
The discharge power in Tai Chi forms is a result of the transference of energy from the earth, through the core, and out the shoulders and arms. When the tendons are connected and strengthened through Iron Shirt 2, the Tai Chi player notices and creates more energy transference during her practice. Even Bruce Lee’s famous one-inch punch was a result of energy transference through the tendons, instead of muscle strength.
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