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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

6 steps

While still weight on right leg and left resting on toes

Right had negative circle (elbow from above), left hand negative circle – (stretching back)

Left leg open forward with heel

Step down (toes should be straight pointing straight forward)

Left hand negative circle and make a fingers “ring” (thumb touching middle finger)

Right hand positive circle

Things to check.

Elbows should be above left thigh

When arms stretched elbows should be pointing to the earth

Center always locked and stretched

Block Touching the Coat (Lan Ca Yi) 

6 moves

Wrist cross (Like X) right hand on top of left, fingers pointing downwards.
Lower right elbow open

right hand positive circle, left hand close to left hip.

Shift weight on left foot, right arm positive circle and left negative right, leg stretch to horse stance (all same time) landing on heel

Rest the right feet

Stretch right arm positive circle

Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi) 

6 moves

Right hand positive circle twice (move 1, 2 and 3)

4 – Bring left hand middle of the right arm, both hands at the front of torso, left arm elbow touching left ribcage.

5- Pull left leg to rest toes near right leg – same direction and right feet

6- Rest both palms face down – fingers stretched – elbows slightly bend and tucked in