When I Was first taught the tactile sensitivity exercise known as “Whirling Arms” (Lun Bei) by Master Chee Soo. He taught not only how to stick, adhere, follow and neutralise, but he also taught striking methods within the practice of the Whirling Arms exercise. But this element seems to be missing from a lot of practitioners who also teach and practice the Whirling Arms exercise within their Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu and Taijiquan classes. There seems to be a certain few teachers who proclaim to be teaching the Whirling Arms exercise as taught by Master Chee Soo, but do not include any striking methods in their practice, only methods of how to break the balance of their training partner by sliding their arms of each other arms in their attempts to break each other’s balance.
Sadly the practice of the Whirling Arms exercise has become useless for many teachers and students who practice it. They obviously were not taught the full practice by Master Chee Soo himself, as they would include striking methods in their practice. It is only by involving striking in the practice of the Whirling Arms exercise (Lun Bei Fa) that each practitioner really begins to develop their ability to listen (Ting) to each other’s intention through the sense of touch. Because you do not want to be punched or struck with an open palm strike by your training partner, you really place all of your intention (Yi) on sensing your partners attempt to strike you through the part of your arm that is making the contact with your training partner, so that you can feel their punch and be able to deflect it aside.
When striking is part of the Whirling Arms exercise, then each practitioners skill level increases in their ability to listen to each other’s attempts to strike from various angles and heights. Plus their ability to stick, adhere (Nian Zhan) to each other limbs and their ability to follow (Sui) and neutralise (Hua) the in-coming force greatly raises their skill and proficiency levels to a much higher standard. Rather than just simply whirling each other’s arms around trying to break each other’s balance, which honestly does not develop the practitioners skill to defend themselves against a full on violent attack.
There is so much information and skill that every practitioner can receive from the Whirling Arms exercise. Especially when striking is added to its practice has it was originally taught by Master Chee Soo himself, the Whirling Arms exercise allows each practitioner to combine not only striking hands methods (Da Shou Fa), but joint locking techniques, kicking techniques and throwing techniques into its practice. Allowing every practitioner to practice an exercise that develops their own self awareness, tactile manipulation and practical application skill that they can attain for the whole of their lives.