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.

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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.

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太極拳 攬雀尾 太极拳 揽雀尾
Grasp the Peacock’s Tail 2

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.

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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?