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The Fist of Covering Hand (Yan Shou Gong Chui) Toronto North York Taiji Class April 27, 2017

Double half negative circle open stretch. Over the top full double negative

Left hand palm up stretch forward. Right palm protect face

Right hand fist. Slide on top of left arm while pulling left arm in a fist position on side of torso

Buddha’s Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gang Dao Dui) Toronto North York Taiji Class on April 20, 2017

Right turn palm motor. Positive and negative circle at the same time. Close left feet. Finish with left turn palm motor

Wade Forward in Twist Steps (Qian Tang Ao Bu) Toronto North York Taiji Class on April 13, 2017

Open left leg stretch arms open as if going through a canal. Left arm cross the right arm while left leg pull up.

Lean left leg on toes and rest ->

Land left leg on the heel with toes up. Rotate the left fixed knee-heel-toes triangle on the heel to land the toes.

Watching the teacher during practice sessions 

In the beginning I used to observer my teacher’s external form. Where is his hands, the right or left moves first, what’s the next move, how high is his hands. Then I learned to observe beyond the physical form. Where is the weight, his focus, which parts of his body he is locking and releasing, path of movement and connection, parts that are strong and relaxed. How the weight is counterbalanced with hands out stretched, or leaning forward/backward.

Then Self-reflection and assessment is key. Understanding how the body works and moves. Physical appearance: grounding, stretching out, grounding more while expending to maintain balance.

Why we shift weight and settle into posture by dropping weight. – My observation of my teacher- dropping weight grounds the body and creates effectiveness. I.e. stepping into opponent’s space- weight forward – settling into pose, structure and weight drop to create effectiveness.

Toronto North York Taiji Class on March 30, 2017

3 steps

Half horse stance posture

Bring right hand 45 degree palm up – Just above the left thigh

Bring left hand near right hand 45 degree palm up, elbows touching in a straight line Pull elbows to dantian at the same time bringing left foot (with toes) in beside the right foot. Rest the heel of the foot. All should be one action, like a bullet.

Things to check.

  • Keep hands straight and locked at all times
  • Keep back straight and lock the right side. Imagine there is a bar from back of right shoulder to right heel.

Things to remember 

  • Never push your opponent- just stretch your body
  • Find an empty space and direct the force to the emptiness
  • Constantly adjust to your opponent push by filling the space between you and your opponent.
  • When stretching, stretch along the length of your body ( vertical stretch)
  • Lock one side always so you can move your other part.
  • When your lower body is advancing your upper body will need to retrieve backward.
  • When stretching arms, lock shoulders and wrist, cage ribs. Energy will come from chest
  • The closer you are the more you will be able to stretch
  • When moving your body forward “sneaking in” to get closer to your opponent, feet in first then hands.
  • Chest/ rib always tucked in/ caged
  • Lock elbow, shoulder and wrist and open your Kua. Force will come from hip.
  • There are always 3 points, if you gave one point to your opponent, then lock/control the other two points