Grasp the Peacock’s Tail

太極拳 攬雀尾 太极拳 揽雀尾
Grasp the Peacock’ Tail 3

“Grasp the Peacock’s Tail (攬雀尾)” is often compared with “Lazily Tying Coat (懶扎衣)” of Chen style Taijiquan, but these two are completely different techniques.

Grasp the Peacock’s Tail is a joint lock technique and it’s application is veiled. Let’s get started to explain what it is.

Grasp the Peacock’s Tail is a technique to lock the opponent’s elbow first, and joint-lock the wrist.

This series of action flow resembles the behavior that you grab the peacock’s tail and does not let them go

I will give an example as one usage.

The opponent grabs the collar with his left hand.

Take the opponent’s fist with your right hand and raise the elbow from the opponent’s outside to inside with your left hand.

(See photo)

太極拳 攬雀尾 太极拳 揽雀尾
Grasp the Peacock’s Tail 1

Then, you pull and lock the wrist.

(See photo)

太極拳 攬雀尾 太极拳 揽雀尾
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Then, push and press the opponent hand with locking the wrist toward the outside of the opponent.

It is the same procedure as Kotegaeshi (小手返し) of Aikido or Jujutsu.

The opponent could not deliver the right punch even if they want.

This is the Grasp the Peacock’s Tail.

 (See the top photo)

In the form of exercise, this is followed by “Like Sealing Like Closing (如封似閉)” , which is treated as a set of Grasp the Peacock’s Tail.

Does this make it difficult to interpret the technique of Grasp the Peacock’s Tail?

Horse Patrol Stands High

太極拳 高探馬 太极拳 高探马
Taijiquan Horse Patrol Stands High 1

“Horse patrol stands high (高探馬)” is a technique to hit down with your right hand, with controlling the opponent with your left hand.

This technique itself is not special, very simple as many martial arts have this technique. But, it might be different in the point of view how to use the power of the backbone.

Let me explain.

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Heel Kick

太極拳 蹬脚 太极拳
Taijiquan Heel Kick 1

Heel Kick (蹬脚)

Generally speaking, people who are doing Taijiquan seem to be not good at kicking.  I often see the kick that the direction of power is not focused when kicking with a toe or with a heel.

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Step Forward Parry Block and Punch

太極拳 進步搬攔捶 太极拳
Taijiquan Step Forward Parry Block and Punch 2

Taijiquan warriors mainly use a palm to give the shock to the brain during fighting. However, there is also a technique of the fist attack that breaks bones.


“Step Forward Parry block and Punch (進步搬攔捶)” is a technique to throw the punch toward the center of the chest while blocking the opponent’s guard hand.


The chest plate is covered with thick muscles so that there is an image that it would be difficult to give the damage on it with punches.

However, there is no muscle in the center of the chest, you can attack the bone directly.


Let’s explain the details of the technique.

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The three tips align with each other

太極拳 三尖相照
The three tips align with each other 1

“The three tips align with each other(三尖相照)” is one of the important teachings of traditional Chinese martial arts. However, I feel that its essence has not been known in general.


At the moment of hitting, the ground and the fist hitting point should be connected directly.  In this reason, it is the rules of posture that must be taken. Let me explain it.

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