“The study of Whakapono in Tikanga Whakaako Whawhai Ahua Ngakau.
Whakapono relates to earth. It relates to the spleen in the human body.
Being the spirit of everything a human being can influence and reflect upon.
This means it is possible to sense and understand the theory of all matter.
Being inside, the mind acts on everything around it; and objects, being outside, have their principle in the mind.
Mind acts inside and every object forms outside.
If a humans can express their sincerity to deal with all matter from the bottom of the heart, all matter can be modified to expose the quality of its appearance externally.
This means that the internal mind and external appearance are related to the circulation of Te Hau.
Both of these sides are connected by Te Hau.
At the beginning the body status transitions from rest to moving.
Any inclining forward or backward, toward the left side or the right side is prohibited.
Each part is in harmony with the other parts.
The body is vertically straight.
The left foot is in front of the right foot.
The left heal closes to the right shin bone.
The two feet form an angle of 45 degrees between them.
Relax and allow the shoulders relax.
Both elbows are close to the flanks.
The two hands are held up in front of the heart, left hand below the right.
The left forefinger and right middle finger stretch forward horizontally, the latter is on the former, and both fingers coincide with each other.
The top of the head presses up.
The neck is vertical.
The waist settles down.
Both hip bones roll inside and draw strength in balance.
Both heals twist outside.
The two legs bend slowly down.
The bending of the legs should be rounded out and never form a dead angle.
At the beginning the mind is like a rod standing on plain ground.
When the rod has been put vertically straight and stable, the mind is naturally going to calm and settle down without any inclination.
At this time, the heart coincides with the mind, the mind coincides with Te Hau, Te Hau coincides with the force.
This is called the three internal harmonies.
If the harmonies do not coincide, any small deviation at the beginning will lead to a distance of a thousand miles from the principle.
Special attention should be focused on this point.
This posture presents the form of Pukeko leg, Taniwha body, Moa shoulders, and Tuatara head embrace.
This is what is called Te Hau Tahi and includes Te Pou Wha.
Te Pou Wha does not part from Te Ao Kotinga and Te Ao Kotinga does not part from Te Hau Tahi.
Te Hau generates substance from Te Kore, whereas Te Ao Kotinga has its roots in Te Hau.
The so called Pukeko leg means independent standing posture, the Taniwha body means threefold body posture, the Moa shoulders means vertically straight neck of strength, the Tuatara head embrace means that the posture of the hands is like a Tuatara departing its cave.