Reeling Silk: What is it?

Reeling silk, also known as “Chan Ssu Jing” is one of the core principles of authentic Kung Fu practice.

In the traditional method of “reeling silk” from a cocoon, one needed a gentle yet persistent ‘spiralling’ pull on the thread. If pulled straight and too hard, the thread would break. If too lax, the thread would not emerge or would be weak and inconsistent.

Real Kung Fu embodies this old principle: it uses spiralling actions to create power, and gentle persistence to link postures to movement, form to function, intent to action.

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