Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg

太極拳 金鶏独立
Photo 2; Taijiquan Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg

“Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (金鶏独立)” attacks the lower body with the foot at the same time of attacking the opponent face with the same sided hand.

Although I used the word of “same time”, there is a time lag. The hand is the first attacking that draws their intention, and the foot attacking is following, but it is the main.

Here is the basic movement.  If you are standing in the left leading stance, with restraining the opponent movement with the left hand, hit the face with the right hand and attack the lower body with the right foot.


I’m from Chen-style Taijiquan group, but I would like to explain the skill of “Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg” in 24-Form Simplified Taijiquan.

In 24-Form Simplified Taijiquan, “Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg” is treated as a combination technique named “Lower Body and Stand on One Leg” following to the skill of “Low Single Whip”.


If you hit the opponent groin with your left palm by the skill of “Low Single Whip”, the opponent would cover the groin instantly with the both hands and pull their hip back. Then you quickly move forward toward the opponent’s centerline. With contacting the inside of the opponent thigh with the back of the left hand and open their crotch. (See Photo 1 below)


In addition, with restraining the movement of the opponent by the left hand spiral force, then hit the right palm to the opponent face, and at the same time, attacks the opponent’s groin with the right foot. (See Photo 2 above)

Martial arts are such cruel to attack the same groin by kicking further after attacking the groin with the hand of a single whip. Kicking to the groin is not expressed in the form.


“Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg” is named from the posture that the imaginary golden bird living in the sky stands on one leg.

Contrary to the technique, the name is elegant.

太極拳 金鶏独立
Taijiquan Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg