Crescent Kick Spear Hands

AS soon as your palms reach the East, and your right leg has loaded (because of the action of the body) allow your waist to fa-jing your right instep outward and up to perform a right crescent kick to the East as you inhale. Photo No. 367. This is a fa-jing movement. As you place your left foot to the East in a bow stance, load your palms ready for the next fa-jing movement. The left palm's fingers are pointing to the East while the right palm is held in a Taijiquan fist to the rear, loaded...

Sit Back Ready

Sit back onto your left leg as your drop your right palm so that the fingers just touch the inside of your right elbow. Inhale. This is a finger jab to an attacker's eyes and a striking block using your left palm to the inside of his attacking forearm. Photo No. 25. Called this because of the action of the palms like an infinity symbol. Make both palms Yang shaped. This is not incorrect as when you have two either Yang or Yin shaped palms one is always more yang than the other thus still having...

Double Peng

Raise your right heel as you do this and turn your waist to your right by 45 degrees. Your eyes will look to the East although your head is only to the NE. Change the state of each palm again so that the right is now Yang while the left is Yin and pick up your right foot replacing it on its heel where it was as you turn more to your right. Photo No. 10. This is still an inhalation. Exhale as you roll your weight onto your right foot by 70 and bring your right palm up to in front of your left...

Fishes in Eight

Fishes Eight Tai Chi

Exactly as before only to a different direction. With weight on the left leg, swing your arms out to the N. as you turn your waist to cause this to happen. Begin exhaling. Your right foot is swivelled around by 90 degrees so that you are again pigeon-toed. Photo No. 105. Keeping your feet as they are, change your weight onto your right foot as you again bring both palms into your chest maintaining that same distance of wrist to elbow and push both palms out to the E. in an attack. Exhale fully....

Grasping Swallows Tail

This set of movements is the same as before but the getting into posture is different. Sit back onto your left leg and allow your right palm to be over the left, both pacing downward. The right is yang while the left is yin. Inhale. The right palm has turned to the right on its wrist like a snake's head turning. Photo No. 28 . Turn your right toes so that they turn into the NE corner and also turn your right palm so that it turns on its wrist to the left, like a snake's head turning to the...

Fair Lady Works Shuttles

This set of movements is performed into the four corners. However, unlike the Yang Cheng-fu form every other time is performed slightly differently. From 'Single Whip', swivel your left toes, weighted on the heel 90 degrees to point to the North. At the same time, 'hold a large ball', left palm under and inhale. Your eyes are looking to the NE corner. Photo No. 292. Cross both hands as you lift your right foot placing it down exactly where it was only pointing to the East. The foot is turned as...

Sleeves Dancing Like Plum Blossoms

If you thought that last one was difficult, here comes the next You now have to leap into the air as high as you can doing a 360-degree rotation in the air turning counter clockwise. You will have takes one step forward when you land. For beginners, you can land on the left foot placing the right one down slightly after. However, in reality, you have to work it so that you can almost land on both feet at the same time, the left only a split second before the right so small that someone watching...

Step Forward to Seven Stars

Step Forward The Seven Stars

This posture's main meaning is that we use it as a Qigong method to 'open' the seven input star points of the body to allow 'outer Qi' to enter and be mixed with our prenatal Qi. The '7 Star Points' are Crown, GV 20 , Both sides of the neck, SI 16 , Both shoulders, CO 14 , and Buttocks, GB 30 . Move your weight onto your left leg as you begin to rise turning your left heel in by 90 degrees. Inhale. Photo No. 420. Lift your right foot and place it down, ball only 419 touching the ground in a...

Calm the Spirit by Pressing the Points

Here we see some of the amazing areas of this form. We actually press our own points to cause certain things to happen. In this case we press points to cause the spirit Shen to be calm. The last posture's fa-jing actually carries on into this next movement. So do not stop that last fa-jing movement at the punch, allow it to move into this next movement, then slow down again. Immediately sit back onto your right leg and rotate your right fist so that it is now thumb side down and allow your left...

Wave hands Like Clouds

Tai Chi Wave Hands Like Clouds

Now we perform Wave Hands Like Clouds only, again it is done slightly differently. This time we take a step behind and the arms are more lateral as they change position. From Single Whip, exactly the same as before, a weighted turn on your left heel 90 degrees to the N. Inhale and bring your left palm up to the NW corner to chin height as your right palm strikes downward. Photo No. 315. Raise your right palm upward on the inside of your left palm as it moves down. Exhale. NOTE The hips are...

Slant Flying Right

From Single Whip, make a weighted turn on your left heel so that your left toes are pointing to the NE and bring your left palm down under your right. Notice the left if yin and the right yang. Your eyes are looking to the SE. Inhale. Photo No. 275. Take a step into the SE corner with your right foot and move your weight onto it as you begin to exhale. You will strike to that corner with your right shoulder just before 70 of your weight is moved onto that foot. Be sure that you have a N S line...

Brush Knee Twist Step

Turn your waist to your right to the NE corner and hold a ball right hand under as you inhale. Photo No. 91. Your eyes are still looking to the N. We now perform Brush Knee Twist Step exactly the same way that you have done in the first third. The only difference is that you will perform it in to the NW corner. So brush your left knee with your left palm and attack with your right palm into the NE corner. Photo No. 92. Exhale.

Penetration Punch Parry Left

Penetration Punch

The exact opposite to the last movement except for a step forward this time. NOTE In the 2nd third you stepped backward Step forward with your left leg as your left palm does the penetration punch and your right palm parries. This is also part of the last exhalation. Photo No. 348. Rotate your left fist over as before in reverse, then form both Tiger Paw fists and make the 'S' shape to end up in the opposite stance as you inhale and exhale upon completion. Photo No. 349. amp 350.

Snake Creeps Down

From the previous photo, there are two ways to perform this next posture. An easier and not so correct way and the correct way. If you were able to get into 'Single Whip' posture so that you have the correct longer stance as in the photo, you should be able to perform Snake Creeps Down correctly. If not and you cannot get right down without pushing your front foot out to make the distance between your feet, then you will have to shuffle your rear foot backwards by turning your toes firstly back...

Wrapping the Willow Tree

Begin to exhale as your left palm scoops around and begins to slice down to your right side and turn out your right foot by 45 degrees. Your right palm begins to move up to near your left ear. Photo No. 341. Lift your left foot and place it down next to your right foot, ball touching as your left palm is placed over your right thigh and your right palm is near your left ear. Exhale. Photo No. 342. Eyes to the SW corner.