Five Bows

The Five Bows is a concept in Tai Chi which helps a practitioner to understand and develop the internal wisdom of the art. These bows are used to store and release energy when interacting with another person and they act much like a bow and arrow.

The practitioner uses their mind the properly for the bow internally, which is like stringing the bow. Then, when the practitioner receives force from the opponent, this force stretches the bows. If their timing is right, they can release this potential energy and send the energy they just received back into the opponent.

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