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Exploration of Yang Moves
discussion, analysis and exploration of moves in the Yang Form

Cross Hands, Wrestle Tiger

At the commencement of Part Two and Part Three the later as above "wrestle and return" of the Tiger is performed in place of the initial 'connecting' left and right part of GST.

'Symbiotically' the left hand going up and the right going down 'connects Heaven and Earth through that diagonal of your body (l.hand/r.foot). Right going up, left going down ... the other side. This should be done properly at the commencement of the whole Form, there is no point in preparing later!.
'Symbiotically' 'turning' or 'returning' represents a similar requirement to be 'connected' at all times if possible - through rough and smooth; whether the Tiger is near or the Tiger is far - when risk is apparent and when it is not.

One of the greatest gift that may be taken from the practice of Tai Chi into everyday-life is the accruement of sufficient self-discipline to excrete patience. This 'calm' is achieved through the repetitive practice of the most basic and fundamental Tai Chi and Chi Kung moves and postures [detail and whole] and should not be viewed as a chore, on the contrary - it's nothing at all! That is the point! You practice over and over, at first paying meticulous attention to every detail of your body's responses to those movements ... and you just keep on doing that till you do it without thinking.

The first three (and vitally important) sequences of postures at the commencement of Parts Two andThree:

(a) Cross Hands
(b) Wrestle Tiger
(c) Return to Mountain
(d) GST Short sequence - minus the fist two movements of that sequence (i.e. GST Left and then Right)

(a) Cross Hands
(b) Wrestle Tiger
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(c) Return to Mountain
(d) GST 3 (of 5 - minus 1 and 2)
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GST4
Single Whip (GST Short/GST5)
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It is crucial that the practitioner of Tai Chi understand that to simply 'remember' (in the correct order) the sequence of postures of the Long Form is not the same as 'knowing' that form. Mimicking and mindless mechanical aping as in "this goes here, that goes there" does by necessity come first; but that is not enough, To 'know' the form is to 'become' the form. Before we are able to 'become the form' we must acquire the ability to 'become' any one of the hundred or more individual postures with that form. If I were - right now - instructing Absolute Beginners in Tai Chi I would urge them to do no more than practice and pay meticulous attention to the details of the postures Attention, Preparation and Beginning.

However, this group is not at the beginning it's study is it ? We claim to be more 'advanced' , don't we ! ?
So why is it that my advice to you 'advanced' students right now is exactly the same as that to "AB's" ? For "Beginning" you visualise 'the sun rising above the horizon' and you 'set a higher goal'. We've done that haven't we! Us who have 'advanced' to "Cross Hands" (at the commencement of Part Two and Three) are advised to visualise 'the moon between our thumbs'. Is that all the difference that all of this time invested in practice has achieved; the moon where there was the sun? Answer - Yes. What else do you expect from time, is the sun and the moon not enough?

 

 
'Symbiotically' the left hand going up and the right going down 'connects Heaven and Earth through that diagonal of your body (l.hand/r.foot). Right going up, left going down ... the other side. This should be done properly at the commencement of the whole Form, there is no point in preparing later!.
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