Re: Aiki, Iki, Kokyu, Heng-Ha and Aun, Part 2 - Breathing deeper...
I have a cultural question. Following your blog I went looking at Heng Ha breathing and I found that a description of generals Heng and Ha
So general Heng is actually spitting ("hoicking a lurgey" according to the school kids across the road) or forefully exhaling, hence the contracted abdomen
I understand Heng usually but not always refers to inhalation in Taiji which would be different from the cultural understanding above.. So I was wondering if in Japan the common cultural understanding, not the martial artists' version, is whether the Un/Heng figure is inhaling or spitting. Just wondering if the imagery has changed when it moved countries or whether this association of Un/heng with inhalation is purely a martial artists conception.
Actually, as I understand it the figures came first, and the novel (in which they were given some interesting "powers") actually came along later.