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4 Taijiquan 24 Forms - Episode 4

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  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 5:24
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: Unrestricted
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 21 MB
  • Posted: 02/06/2013

This lesson is part of the following series:

Taijiquan 24 Forms - Episode 4 (10 lessons, $4.95)

Episode 4 of the 24 forms includes 10 videos in the series.
In this episode, Sifu covers movements “hands through the clouds,” “single whip,” “high pat on the horse,” “right heel kick,” “and double wind to the ears.”
Special attention is paid to moving fluidly, a concept known as Chan Si Gong or “silk reeling.” Throughout this episode, there is a lot of instruction about how to move fluidly, keeping the mind’s center at the waist (or dantian area), and visualizing the movements both in an esoteric sense but also a martial sense. Practice requires both the yin and the yang to flow, and sometimes the practice is more pliable and spiritual, while other times the practice can be more aggressive and rigid. The needs of the practitioner determine the nature of the movements.
More fundamental principles and how they apply to the individual movements are discussed. Proper knee-foot alignment is broken down in detail, as is correct body structure and correct body alignment. A new concept involving bodily tracing the yin-yang pattern both vertically and horizontally is introduced, as is spiraling the hips and shoulders in a figure eight pattern while practicing the 24 forms. All of this leads to building better root and becoming a more well-rounded and proficient practitioner.
Further, separating the yin-yang throughout the movements is mentioned, and students are encouraged to understand the microcosmic nature of the body and the structures of the body and how all of this relates to the macroscopic universe (thus, the internal arts help practitioners understand the world around them by understanding the world within them).
There is lots of emphasis on martial applications in this episode, and Sifu attempts to explain the necessity of violent movements even though taijiquan is a passive art form. After all, internal kung fu is a form of self-defense and to train properly, we must admit to ourselves when something goes wrong and life-or-death situations erupt, it is necessary to be prepared to handle whatever is thrown at us.

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Dan Hall
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Sifu Dan Hall is a teacher, author, and musician. He has been studying wellness, longevity, metaphyics, and internal Kung Fu for health and self-defense for decades and now shares his knowledge through classes, seminars, books, online lessons, and DVDs.

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