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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.

Second Cross Hand

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , , , on September 19, 2010 by marksun

The second cross hands begin with a turn and peng ji li an.  An, the press movement, should not extend beyond the natural reach,  and there is relaxation of the arms and upper body. In the movement from an, the relaxation of the body causes the hands to be positioned down near the waist rather than high, and the blocking motions of the initial turn to the left then right preceeding fist-under-elbow are what raise the hands.  The left foot in the final fist-under-elbow posture positioned heel down should be such that nearly all the weight is on the right foot, allowing easy repositioning the left foot if necessary.