Archive for the instruction Category

Slant Flying (21)

Posted in instruction, practice, taiji with tags , on October 17, 2010 by marksun

Slant Flying,  which comes after repulse monkey and before crane spreads its wings is a thrust  directed forward and not a chop delivered horizontally as is the case with the similar looking the Wild Horse’s Mane is Flying – 55, aka parting the mane.


fist under elbow and the connection of hands with feet

Posted in instruction, practice, taiji with tags on September 26, 2010 by marksun

The left hand in fist under elbow should have the thumb spread apart from the other four fingers (as if to catch a hand attacking the head).

In clouds hands the movement of the hands and the feet, a beginners error occurs when hands are disconnected from the waist.  Most can see the difference in the overall coordination of movement if the move is demonstrated.

repulse monkey (20 step back and hit throat -three steps)notes

Posted in instruction, taiji, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 7, 2010 by marksun

from class 7mar10 –  Limin’s observations

Hand position : the position of the  hand striking out will be palm down, fingers together in-line with the forearm and positioned to strike  the throat of an opponent with the edge of the hand.  The hand on the bottom is positioned to grasp and  pull  palm up with final position near the solar plexus (middle of the chest , bottom of the sternum).  The hands work together.

Foot positioning – The front foot faces straight ahead.  The heel of the rear foot  is in line with the front foot with the toes 90 degrees from this line.  As one retreats (steps backward) ,   the front foot is placed behind what was formerly the back foot – and the back foot becomes the new front foot (that could said better I know).  The toes move as the body rotates to point directly forward.

as always – song,chen,shen  – the body must be relaxed, loose, no tension.

see #20 from YangStyle Taijiquan  psd from Limin.


Posted in instruction, practice, taiji on July 10, 2009 by marksun

note from class- “when the weight is down in the legs and feet, it allows lightness in the upper body”