Te Ao Kotinga

The study of Ao Kotinga in Tikanga Whawhai Ahua Ngakau.

The so called Te Ao Kotinga is the principle of moving and rest, up and down, stretching and contracting, advancing and retreating in the movement.

The body has four branches and hundreds of bones.
Stretching is Te Raa and contracting is te Poo.

Both hands embrace each other and go up towards the head.

The left hand advances first, the two hands separate from each other slowly.

The left hand pushes forward while the right hand draws back.

Both hands move as though tearing cotton.

The left hand stretches out straight with its highest point being even with the level of the mouth.

The thumb is at the level of the heart.

The arm seems straight but it is not, it seems to be bent, but it is not.

The section of the arm from wrist to elbow should be in a horizontal position.

The right hand draws towards the heart and the inner pit of the thumb root is under the heart.

The left foot steps up and then is placed down in coordination with the movement of the left hand.

The rear foot remains stationary.

The five fingers of both hands spread out without any contact with one another.

The left thumb should be in a horizontal crossing position.

The left fore finger stretches upwards.

The thumb and forefinger of both hands form a semi circle.

The eye sight falls between the thumb root and forefinger tip of the left hand.

Both shoulders relax and draw strength.

Both hips roll in and draw strength.

This is called the harmony of the shoulders with the hips.

Both elbows drop down with strength which does not manifest itself.

The rear elbow drops down inside, but should never be held at a dead angle. This bending has to be rounded out as a half moon.

Both knees bend inside with strength which does not manifest itself.

This is called the harmony of the elbows with the knees.

Both heals twist outside with strength which does not manifest itself.

This is called the harmony of the hands and feet.

All these three together are called the three outer harmonies.

The shoulders urge the elbows. The elbows urge the hands.

The waist urges the hips. The hips urge the knees.

The knees urge the feet.

Always keep a vertically straight body without any inclination and maintain stable internal Hau.

Pay attention to Te Poo while looking at Te Raa and pay attention to Te Raa while looking at Te Poo.

Te Poo coincides with Te Raa, the upper connects with the lower part, the inside is the same as the outside.

All these together form the six harmonies.

The six harmonies are really the harmony of the inside with the outside.

The harmony of the inside with the outside is really the harmony of Te Poo me Te Raa.

The harmony of Te Poo me Te Raa gives birth to Taatoru.

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