Another of the Eight Energies that can be found extensively within the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan is known as the “Splitting Method” (Lie Jing Fa) just within the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan short form alone there are well over six Taiji postures were the usage of the Splitting Method can be performed. As I have already mentioned in other blogs covering the Eight Energies of the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan they cannot be performed on their own, they have to be in company with another of the Eight Energies to make them become more efficient in their application. So to perform a good Splitting Method the student must also apply the “Bumping Method” (Kao Fa), or it could be with a “Elbow Method” (Zhou Fa), another aspect is that to perform a good Splitting Method the student or individual has to place their body weight into the technique, meaning that the body weight aids the power to the “Bumping into Splitting” combination by placing the body weight onto just the one leg and not both legs as many of the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan seem to do.
Splitting is also a combination of the legs (Stance) and bodyweight in combination with the upper bodies arms and waist. As the leading arm performs the Splitting Method being guided by the waist (Yao) and is placed across the front of your opponent, the legs or stance (Shi) steps behind the legs of the opponent, entering with a Bumping Method using either the shoulder (Jian), hip (Kua) or thigh/knee (Xi) to uproot the opponents balance, then with a strong turning of the waist and sweeping action of the leading arm you perform the Splitting Method to throw or knock the opponent to the floor. splitting is not just used to apply a Taiji throwing technique (Taiji Shuai Fa) it can also be used to strike or apply a joint lock as well.
It is through the Taiji paired practice of Sticky Hand (Zhan Shou) or Pushing Hands (Tuishou) that each student of the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan can begin to develop the skill of applying the Splitting Method in many types of combinations and variations alongside the rest of the Eight Energies from either a fixed or moving step exercise or position. In the accompanying photo of Laoshi Keith Ewers performing the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan 2nd Brush Knee & Side Step Posture from the short form you can see the Splitting Method being performed with the bodyweight placed onto his left leg and the Bumping & Splitting Method being performed with his left arm as both areas sweep outwards to shoulder height.
Learning to understand each of the Eight Energies within the study and practice of Taijiquan in general, irrespective of what particular style you study and practice can only benefit the accuracy, precision and timing of the Taijiquan form. As They will give each individual a better way of discipline in making sure that their movements are accurately performed with the correct angle and bodyweight placed onto the correct leg to add strength and power to your Taijiquan Eight Energies.