Playing with 'peng' in Tai-chi Boxing

Cross, Aaron Alan (2002) Playing with 'peng' in Tai-chi Boxing. Health Sociology Review, 11 1-2: 53-60. doi:10.5172/hesr.2002.11.1-2.53

Author Cross, Aaron Alan
Title Playing with 'peng' in Tai-chi Boxing
Journal name Health Sociology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1446-2242
Publication date 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2002.11.1-2.53
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 1-2
Start page 53
End page 60
Total pages 8
Place of publication Maleny, Qld, Australia
Publisher eContent Management
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
370100 Sociology
750203 Organised sports
Abstract 'Peng' (pronounced 'pung'), or 'ward-off,' as it roughly translates, is one ofthe thirteen 'shi' or core postureslprinciples ofthe Chinese meditative, selfhealing and martial art ofTaijiquan (T'ai-chi Ch'uan). This paper describes a particular 'peng' training drill, simply called the 'peng-drill', created by a small group ofTaiji Boxing practitioners in Australia. The analysis draws on the work ofcultural theorist Paul Willis, and recent scholarship within the sociology ofthe body that builds on Willis' work, most notably the work ofAIan Radley. It is argued that 'peng-dril/' evidences a particular opening out ofor 'playing with' the 'objective possibilities' ofTaijiquan as a practice. 'Peng-drill' is depicted as afonn of 'sensuous meaning making'-body-out as it were-through which practitioners generate and conftgure meanings and hence salient body-self-identities, or rather bodily sensibilities: as Taiji practitioners-
Q-Index Code C1

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