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Crossing Hands CLASS NOTES


Review The Opening , The Beginning , Ward Off Left , Ward Off Right . Roll Back , Press , Push , Single Whip , Lifting Hands , Shoulder Strike , White Crane spreads its wings and Deflect Downward, Intercept and Strike , Clean the Arm and Push .

Crossing Hands
From the push begin to press from the forearm to the right side of the body. As the weight transfers to the right, pivot on the left heel until the foot is facing forward.

Press to the left with the left forearm while pivoting on the right sole of the foot (bubbling well). The arms open up and begin descending on both sides of the body.

Make a complete circle as the right foot slides back alongside the left foot so they are both facing forward. Sink the body into the middle as the left arm circles. The right arm also circles to the outside of the left arm into a cross hands position.

We have now completed the first third of the Yang short form.

Crossing Hands Application
Crossing hands is a simple way to reverse the arm facing an opponent. Check this out by crossing the arms in front of the chest and then dropping both palms downward. The inside palm becomes the outside palm with the shift in direction.

This is often used as a way of grasping an opponent. The important principle to grasp now is to relax and open up the shoulders so that the body can begin to absorb through the various gates. The ankle, knee, pelvis, waist, spine, neck, shoulder, elbow, hand are gates that link the whole body to express the combined strength of its various parts.

A Whole Form
Repeating these movements three times is equivalent to doing the complete form daily. Many tai chi students learn only this much of the form to improve their health. It should take about 10 minutes to complete a slow form.

Conclusion of the Grand Terminus
The form ends with a movement identical to the opening movement called the conclusion of the grand terminus. At this point in the form all the movements after the beginning movement are on the same level. The ending will sink the body to the right while forming a tripod on the left. Then sink the body to the left while forming a tripod on the right. Come to the center and slowly raise up to a normal standing height.

This discipline of sinking the body and maintaining the slightly lowered stance is crucial to gaining the benefits derived from practicing Tai Chi Chuan. The legs become like strings that will alternately expand and contract to maintain this height. There are three other great springs to find in the body. Realizing the power of these five great springs will greatly enhance the ability to move with the whole body.