The single whip basically attacks on the face. But, a “Low single whip (単鞭下勢)” is a technique to hit the palm like a whip, aiming at the groin.
Let’s explain the usage. You are taking a left leading stance (See Photo 1 below).
The opponent strikes the right fist to your face in the order of the right shoulder and the right leg forward. With deflecting their right hand with your right hand, you are stepping to the left side (See Photo 2 below).
“Like Sealing Like Closing (如封似閉)” describes a guard posture to freeze the opponent movement with keeping the distance.
In Chen-style Taijiquan, it is called “Six Sealing Four Closing (六封四閉)”.
As a result of the battle by hand tangling techniques, open the both arms of the opponent and enter into inside the guard, paste the both open-palms on the chest. It is the moment when a chill runs down their spine.
“White crane spreads its wings (白鶴亮翅)” is a technique to open the opponent’s body and enter into an attackable position.
The posture succeeded in entering the attackable position (see photo) may be resembled to the gesture that the white crane spreads its wings. The name comes from this. What an elegant naming for a martial art. Continue reading “White Crane Spreads Its Wings”
Beginning (起勢) is the first movement when playing the simplified 24-form taijiquan (太極拳). First of all I should say that it is not a fighting technique.
Placing internal energy (気) in the body center, letting the back free, making the mind (意) to penetrate to the head top, which help you to become united with the surrounding space. Stretch your fingertips downwards and inject internal energy (気) into your fingertips. See the top photo. Continue reading “Taijiquan Beginning”
“Fair Lady Shuttles (玉女穿梭)” is a technique to be powerfully effective when it comes to a battle with multiple enemies.
Let me think about the origin of the name, “Fair Lady” resembles the gesture of the high society women by the posture before sensing the attack of the enemies from the left and right to deal with. See the top photo. Continue reading “Fair Lady Shuttles”