The Achilles tendon and its effect to the whole body.
The first exercise starts in the basic stance, rise up both heels and using the Achilles tendon, approach the heel to the ground. The aim is to consciously use the Achilles tendon. This is not a big movement, the heel is not reaching the ground. see (01)
More detailed explanation and individual instructions (11)
The Achilles tendon need to be controlled, this is the first step (13)
Checking the students and individual instructions (02)
Checking the students and individual instructions (03)
Checking the students and individual instructions (04)
explanation, when the heel push down, that is not the heel bone but the jin (Achilles tendon)
the feet support on the ground is not the heel but around the yongquan
There is an opposite force could come between the heel and Yongquan … (05)
During 馬步 Mǎ bù and 含機步 （hán jī bù） use the Achilles tendon as well
The heel rise a little bit and than the Achilles stretch down immediately.
When this stretch is good, it effects the whole body. (06)
When the stretch of Achilles is right than the force/stretch goes to the whole body, to the arms … (07)
The second exercise, when you can do consciously the first, stretch down the Achilles, try the second one.
Walk on little high object like one on the video. Practice both 擺步 扣步 （bǎi bù kòu bù.
The heel is not supported can go down a bit and use / try to find the balance. Here the whole body stretch coming from the Achilles stretch need to be used if the practice is right.
The practice is better if the foot opens more (the heel is turning out more) (08)
Second exercise, more about balance. Use the whole body from the basic structure. (16)
This is a basic skill for Qigong as well. ..
The old masters did not put weight on the heel, using this structure. Looks the feet is flat but the heel has no weight in it. Not easy to reach that point. Practice during Circle walking and 8MP 推掌 和 八母掌式 as well.
If you just put your wight to the yongquan, but do not have the force / stretch starting from the Achilles your structure is not stable and probably heart the foot as well.
The heel power is this structure not the heel bone support from the ground.
Use the Achilles as spring but with this practice no need sink before jump (12)
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