Friday, October 30, 2009

Classical Taiji Video Instructions for: 8. White Crane Spreads Wings 白鶴亮翅, 9. Brush Knee Push Step Left & Right 4 Times 摟膝拗步左右四度


Many thanks to Joe Milne and Master Hwa for this great information they published in Forum 17...
At the bottom of this Blog is a video with subtitles on how to perform ROUND FORM
8. White Crane Spreads Wings 白鶴亮翅, 9. Brush Knee Push Step Left & Right 4 Times 摟膝拗步左右四度. There are numerous clips here and all are performed in slow motion with overlay written instructions. One should pick an arbitrary direction such as North and start there, with the turning done to the primary and secondary directions such as North West, East, etc.

The following are really written instructions for the Square Form but should give practitioners much in the way of insight to the nuance of the movements.

8. White Crane Spreads Wings 白鶴亮翅
  • Bending and turning is done by the waist
  • Posture 8 – White Crane Spreads Wings
  • Bend forward at the waist
  • Twist left 90 degrees
  • Left hand straightens
  • Left palms faces rear
  • Left arms rises 45 degrees
  • Upper body rises, left arm extended at shoulder level, palm facing down
  • Upper body rotates right 90 degrees
  • Both elbows are drawn down bringing the hands parallel at face position, palms facing front
9. Brush Knee Push Step Left & Right 4 Times 摟膝拗步左右四度

Posture 9 – Brush Knee Push Step
  • Simultaneously – Left forearm rotates counterclockwise 90degrees, palm facing right; as, right forearm rotates clockwise 90 degrees, palm facing left, fingers pointing forward, palms at ear level
  • Weight transfers to left leg, right heel rises
  • The right lower body pivots counterclockwise 90 degrees on right toesThe right heel pushes to the ground The weight transfers to the right leg and the left toes rise
  • Body turns 90 degrees to the left forming a left empty step, the upper body remains static
  • Brush Knee (Left)
  • Left elbow draws down & in
  • Left forearm crosses lower body and hand covers groin
  • Left toes push to the ground
  • As weight is drawn to the left leg, right forearm rotates palm tothe front with the index finger in line with nose, palm at ear level,and a upper ½-body turn to the front moves the left hand across knee
  • Left palm is pressing down at the side of the hip
  • Brush Knee Left
  • Both palms rotate in
  • As weight transfers to the right leg, left arm rises with fingerspointing forward so palms are parallel at ear level, left empty step
  • Right arm draws back and right fingers point forward
  • Upper ½-body movement draws right arm to the rear
  • Left elbow draws down & in
  • Left forearm crosses lower body and hand covers groin
  • Left toes push to the ground
  • As weight is drawn to the left leg, right forearm rotates palm tothe front with the index finger in line with nose, palm at ear level and a upper ½-body turn to the front moves the left hand across the knee
  • Left palm is pressing down at the side of the hip
  • Brush Knee Right
  • Upper body straightens and right heel rises
  • Right leg moves forward, right empty step
  • Right elbow draws down & in
  • Left palm faces in & left arm rises fingers pointing forward untilpalms are parallel at ear level
  • Right forearm crosses lower body, and hand covers groin
  • Right toes push to the ground As weight is drawn to the right leg, left forearm rotates palm to the front with the index finger in line with nose, at ear level and a upper ½-body turn to the front moves the right hand across the knee
  • Right palm is pressing down at the side of the hip
  • Brush Knee Left
  • Upper body straightens and left heel rises
  • Left leg moves forward, left empty step
  • Left elbow draws down & i
  • Right palm faces in & right arm rises until palms are parallel fingers pointing forward at ear level
  • Left forearm crosses lower body, and hand covers groin
  • Left toes push to the ground
  • As weight is drawn to the left leg, right forearm rotates palm tothe front with the index finger in line with nose, palm at ear level and a upper ½-body turn to the front moves the left hand across the knee
  • Left palm is pressing down at the side of the hip
White Crane and Brush Knee, Push

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