Fang Song: Let Go

放 鬆
mandarin pinyin fàng sōng
cantonese fang song
English: “release loose”. Let yourself be loose. Relax; let go.

This is a basic concept in Chinese martial arts but hard to explain. It’s often rendered as “relax” but this word also has the connotation of collapsing. To stand with fang song is to be stand with structure but without tension.

This very nice article on an Irish website points out that most people are much stiffer than they realise, and talks about the importance of loosening the joints. There is also a nice series of articles on this site on Chinese swords.

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~ by scalambra on January 23, 2012.

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