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    Right on!

    One thing I would add is something I was taught is what do you get once Yin and Yang are Blended together? This is when you begin to get into the Trigram energies (I was taught it was called Ho energies) or more specifically Ascending Yang (Yang or solid line on bottom) and Descending Yin (Yin or broken line on bottom) energies and this gradually gets into the 8 Trigrams and into the 64 Hexagrams as the Tao Te Ching says:

    "The 1 begot 2, the 2 begot 3, the 3 generated the numerous things" (paraphrase)

    Wuji to Tai Ji to Three Treasures (Heaven, Earth and Man) Heaven of simple two line trigrams is two Yang lines (Unbroken), Yin is two Yin lines (Broken), then of course you have Male (Ascending Yang) and Female (Descending Yin). These are the "Grey" areas of Yin (Black) and Yang (White) these "Grey" Areas are far more numerous in our day to day life. For example:

    Noon: Considered extreme Yang beginning of Yin
    Afternoon/Evening: Descending Yin
    Midnight: Considered extreme Yin beginning of Yang
    Mid-morning/sunrise: Ascending Yang

    Modern Aspects:
    Binary Code:
    1=Yang
    0=Yin
    1010101= Asc. Yang (more yang than yin)
    0101010=Desc. Yin (more Yin than Yang)
    And all the blending in between that give us our computer programs.

    In MAs:
    Attack: Yang
    Defense: Yin
    Offensive Counter Attack: Asc. Yang
    Defensive Counter Attack: Desc. Yin

    Back foot at end of a strike maybe (Depending on strike): Yin
    Front Fist at end of a strike maybe (depending on strike): Yang
    Back hip at end of strike maybe (depending on strike): Desc. Yin
    Front hip at end of strike maybe (depending on strike): Asc. Yang

    In Medicine:
    You rarely have just a Yang condition (say a fever) it is often blended with Fever/Chills/Body Aches/Aversion to Cold etc. or you rarely have just a Yin condition (say edema) it is also often blended with inflammation/cold/hot sensations etc. so it can be important to understand where the disease is transitioning to to head it off.

    Same as an MA, if you understand if your opponent is fully Attacking, or Off. Countering or Def. Countering, or Def. you can know your next possible reaction.


    So, 1 + 1 = 3, as you will always have the 3rd part of an equation and that is the interaction between two items. Yin/Yang/Ho, these can all be intermingled to potentiate the "Numerous things" of the Tao Te Ching as their division can be infinite.

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    Thanks for sharing this explaination. I've read and heard over the years about the yin & yang symbol... but never ever had anyone explain it in depth such as this!

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    Thanks for the feedback guys, the idea of the video was to give an easy to understand explanation in plain English and that seemed to have worked...

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    I like your videos

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    Hi, Shikonboss. This video is tops!! Thank you for this in depth explanation, it is now clearly understood. ;0)

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