While swinging we will first suspend the arms for some time. Then follow
with a gentle wrap of the waist. Build up to a fist striking lightly on
the chest and kidney. Slow back to a wrap of the waist and end with the
arms suspending in air.
The Brush Knee pattern
Begin with the carry the ball pattern from side to side. Stop on one side
while forming the ball. Now turn the lower palm downward. Both palms now
face downward. Now brush the knee by moving the lower palm across the
opposite knee. The other palm follows the movement of the body and crosses
the chest to the other side.
This movement is really a crane movement. Tai Chi was created from watching
animals fighting in the wild. The crane movement has no strength in the
palm so this movement across the chest is mainly an elbow strike. Keep the
elbows sunk so that the shoulder remains relaxed.
Once on the opposite side, the palms reverse position as the body reverses
direction and the brush knee is repeated on the opposite side. This is a
form of circling and should be done as one continuous movement much like
the carry the ball action.
Next, we review press, rollback and push using the same side to side motion.
Then we begin five star stepping with the alternate step using the same
brush knee, press, roll back and push.
The principle taught today is that in Tai Chi we often step back before
we move forward. So we line up in a line with plenty of room to move
forward. Then we step using a
and execute the brush knee
from side to side. Once on the other side move the weight off of that
foot while retreating the body and pivot the foot 45 degrees. Shift
the weight 100 percent back to the front foot and step forward into
the next bow stance while doing a brush knee on the other side.
After completing a row of brush knee, repeat the same retreating step
and moving forward with ward off, carry the ball, rollback and attempt
it for push. Note that push already retreats so there is no natural
way of flowing push in the same manner. Often these various movements
flow together and work in combinations.
Next work on the form and notice in each movement where we retreat our
weight from one side before pressing forward to that same side.
Ward Off Left
Ward Off Right
The new form study follows from our warm ups from last week.
Turning the waist to the right, the left palm rolls under the left elbow
and the left palm faces 45 degrees to the right. The left palm begins to
sink across the lower body while the right palm turns upward and begins
a roll back across the upper body (palm facing inward). The weight
shifts 100 percent to the left foot as the palms meet behind the body.
Begin to press the palms forward until they meet in front of the body
where the left palm presses into the right wrist. The weight is now
70 percent on the right foot.
As you begin to move the body backward, separate the hands and trace
a circular motion up, over and begin a forward motion at the mid
point of the circle (from the press). The weight at this point
should be 100 percent on the left foot. Now push downward and upward
with only the body moving forward until the weight is 70 percent
The forward knee on all movements should not travel beyond the front
toe. The correct position forward is the chinese point bubbling
well. That is the intersection of two foot creases (like a cross)
on the forward part of the bottom of the foot.
Do not move the arms to effect the press or the push. The body
movement should contain the press and push.
Note that the roll back, press and push do not move out of the right
Use the brush knee as a warm down.