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Review of Positive circle
-elbow in do not move hand or wrist
– twist waist without moving hips
– hand out do not move elbow
– do not move off the finger line to the exact spot on the opponent

starting in front bow stance after bringing in my elbow, I found that when I twisted my waist my weight moved off the front foot. Kelvin Ho corrected this by calling out when my weight incorrectly changed from my front foot. The twisting of the waist helps bring the elbow to the centerline. It requires a lot of focus to keep the fingers leading when going out torqueing the arm while not letting the elbow get away and keeping it down.

Kelvin Ho was invited to perform taijiquan during multi-cultural week at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Public School on Mar. 23, 2017.

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  • Kelvin Ho corrected me on proper formation & alignment of tile hand (palm) which I find has helped me considerably whilst performing both the negative and positive arm circles
  • In addition Kelvin re-iterated the concept of having a stick in the arms especially from the elbow to the finger tips and with the proper use of the aforementioned hand alignment while going out with the hand & in with the elbow, without deviation by  bending at the wrist which I  have been doing ,has helped a lot
  • To be clear I did not believe or at  least I did not think I was bending at the wrist during this process, however, he pointed out that I was indeed doing so as as a means of compensating for my inflexibility in bringing the elbow in to touch the waist in the proper spot.
  •  I was really pleased today that a new chap joined our class. Having just recently completed the choreography of the entire form Kelvin has at this juncture decided to return to the start of the form and systematically move sequentially forward. Now, in all probability he has explained the breakdown of the various movements using the same words he has used before (probably many times) ,however, at least in my case today, I actually understood them more clearly than ever before which I must confess made me both happy and  more inspired to continue practicing
  • What I found when breaking down the 1st part of the first move “Budda’s Warrior Attendent Pounds Mortar”  is that when required to bring the foot in before shovelling it back out on a 45 degree angle, is that the entire core muscle groups are used to “pull” the foot in. Previously I was rising to make it easier to bring the foot in & today I was told to go lower down and activate those front/back core muscles, tendons & ligaments etc….Big difference doing it this way (properly).. to be sure.

1) Today we practiced not moving the knee forward during movements involving steping forward. Think of “stretching” hamstring and calf muscle as if knee pushing those 2 points apart (like a triangle )

Corrections in first movement when arms leads out to right after foot shovels forward-should be a positive circle leading with hand.

Also in first move as arms sweeps through to front, lead with elbow and don’t let arm or elbow drop lower.

In second movement correction was to make sure I never see my palm. Don’t turn wrist.

 

2) White Crane Spreads its Wings

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Last week Kelvin Ho review turning flower out at bottom of sea. he posted a video and the following points
1) Maintain a non-moving vertical rod from head to left heel throughout the action.
2) Hold the right forearm in front of the chest with a fist, while the left fist is on the side of the body.
3) Throw the right fist down to the right side as hard as possible with a raising right knee to create a scissoring effect, while throwing the left fist up to the left ear.
4) There should be no tossing or turning of the body, but there is a spiral stretch along the vertical rod Read more

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We worked on a few different moves in the form today. The first 3 moves required standing on one leg.

  1. White Ape Presents Fruit (Drilled 50 times on each side)
  2. Kick with Right/Left Heel
  3. Turning Flower out of the Bottom of the Sea
  4. Punch to the Groin
  5. Punch to the Ground
  6. Turn Over Body and Double Kick

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