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Tai Chi Chuan illustrates a duel between a crane and a snake as ledgend would have it. The snake body concept involves the free movement of the shoulders. We develop that by making circles with the shoulders while letting the arms just followly loosely.
If this were done on the ground the body would be able to ``snake'' along the ground. First circle one shoulder up and while circling back down begin the circle of the second shoulder up. After a while, reverse the direction of the circle.
Snake body can also be done horizontally to develop arm strength. The elbows will bend slightly with this movement from side to side. Each shoulder will still move counter to the other. This will help loosen and relax the shoulder as well as develop striking strength.
Next circle your knees in a gentle circle for eight rotations in each direction.
Here we review the alternate step of 5 star stepping before showing the next style of stepping. Move forward to the middle of the box. Switch feet in place and continue to move forward in the same direction. The chinese would often use bamboo sticks in between the steps and began calling this step the double bamboo. Cross the top of the bax and move backward through the middle by switching the feet again and moving in the same direction.
Moving forward and backward quickly allows one to maintain their center while escaping or attacking an opponent.
Practise the new walking with brush knee, press, roll back and push. Notice how push works well with a forward or backward movement in the same direction. Other movements seem awkward and may need to be either elongated or doubled up on each side.
Now put out the hook and step behind into a Bow Stance . The left hand will pivot at the elbow like a window wiper. Then both the hand and foot will turn in together. At this point the hips should face 45 degrees to the corner which is called an open bow stance.
Review this move several times and then review the entire form.
At this point we can begin to look at 5 star stepping as a movement across the floor by mixing up alternate stepping with skipping steps. Repeat 5 star stepping where one follows the leader.