Hand-Foot opens but does not close

by Chen Zhonghua on 2011/09/07

  1. The hand and foot must have a connection through the waist, or dantiian area. In this case the waist becomes the modifier.
  2. The hand and foot must stay on a curved or straight line, causing this connection.
  3. Opening means to move outwards, causing the distance between the hand and foot to lengthen.
  4. The hand and foot can never move towards each other (please note that the meaning of this requires further clarification later on).

You can see this principle in action in the video clip through the link below.

http://practicalmethod.com/2011/03/importance-of-waist-for-hand-foot-connection/

About Chen Zhonghua

Chen Style Taijiquan 19th generation disciple. International Standard Bearer of the Practical Method system of Hong Junsheng. Second generation master of Hunyuan Taiji. Been teaching internationally since 1985. Educated in the West with a Master's Degree in Education. Highly accomplished through the lineage of two great masters. Disciplined, precise and powerful. He teaches a complete system of taiji based on the principle of yin yang separation; indirect power as a core concept; movement and tranquility as the source of action. In both theory and practice, his taijiquan deals with the problems of double-heavy. He is a real treasure of the heritage of taijiquan.

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