Master ChenOnline Lesson 4 Nov 2020
When we being, we are ‘tracing tai chi’ to lean the choreography. But as we learn, we have to DO the form from tai chi principles.
Small change palm (single whip) – the elbow is forced in to the middle.
Train with a band to hold elbow in. Elbow cannot be out.
Stepping out to single whip: left hand cannot move – it’s ‘glued’ to the chest
The left hand is always glued to the same spot (inside of forearm on left side of chest, on the pec)
Only the foot can move. After adjustment, only hand can move out.
White crane: do as 3 count (2nd is in with the elbow)
Brush knee – right elbow in, hand cannot move. Waist and knee are leading
Train this move over and over until you get it.
When you lock your hand, the move must be elbow, shoulder and kua. Nothing else is ever allowed to move. ‘Turn around without turning around.’
If you move the hand, you tie yourself into a knot. The solution is to not move the hand.
This is the most important principle. It is difficult but very important.
Change palm 3 times:
Rule: palm never faces up
Hand draping over body: left elbow must be in line with rear elbow and shoulder – the line gives strength
Turn – kua and elbow must move exactly together
Step straight forward with right foot – not 45 deg
Then step across with right foot
Then step left foot to 45 deg ending position
The outside is navigating or leading – the inside is the power
The outside sets the direction – the power comes from inside, from the joints