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TAI CHI FA JIN

TAI CHI FA JINOpening Movements

(Pages 114–20)

Stand facing north with your feet together and your head suspended from a string connected to the heavenly force. Sink down, then smile from the eyes down to the navel. Inhale while rounding the scapulae, sinking the chest, and opening the armpits. Then exhale while sinking down.

Shift your tailbone to the right heel and lift the left heel up. Inhale while picking up your left foot, then exhale as you set the left foot down a shoulder-width apart, at a 30-degree angle. Maintain basic Iron Shirt posture with the left foot open.

Shift your tailbone over the left heel. Draw your right hip forward, then step with the right foot and reach with the right hand facing north.

Draw your right hip and arm back while simultaneously moving the left hip and hand forward. Shift your tailbone to left heel and sink back.

Turn left, and torque your left hip while bringing your left forearm up to protect your head. Let the movement of your hips turn your right foot 90 degrees, then shift tailbone to left heel.

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Left-Hand Form: opening the form

TAI CHI FA JINFirst Corner, South (Left-Hand Form)

(Pages 120–27)

Turn hips to left, then shift tailbone to right heel. Step wide on left toes, facing south. Raise your right hand from the right hip, circling with the left hand twice, then forming a chi ball.

Ward Off Strike: Sink back–kick left foot back–discharge forward wide–drag stiff right leg (anchor leg)–right foot straight–no upper movement–sink back.

Rollback: Turn hips to right, facing west–drop right hand to left elbow–eyes focus on left palm.

Press Strike: Outer right wrist connects to inner left wrist–kick left foot back–discharge forward wide–drag right foot straight (anchor leg)–no upper movement.

Push Strike: Sink back–separate wrists–open palms–kick left foot back–discharge forward wide–drag stiff right foot straight (anchor leg)–no upper movement.

Single Whip: Sink back–turn hips to right facing west–form right hand beak over left palm–weight on right.

Prepare Lady Shuttle: Sink back–step left heel to south–turn left foot 90 degrees west while dropping left hand to protect left knee. Shift tailbone to left heel–right foot step wide to right facing north–circle right hand with left hand twice to right forming chi ball–weight on left foot.

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Left-Hand Form: first corner to the south

8. Lady Shuttle Strike: Sink back–strike–push left hand forward with hip–roll right hand up to protect head–facing north.

9. Change directions: Step back with left foot pointing west–open hip to west–draw right hand down (crossing left wrist) protecting right knee. Left hand protects head–shift tailbone to left heel–left hand down to left knee and right hand up to protect head. Shift tailbone to right heel–circle hands twice forming chi ball facing west.

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Left-Hand Form: Lady Shuttle to north and transition to second corner (west)

TAI CHI FA JINSecond Corner (West), Left-Hand Form

(Pages 125–27)

Form chi ball.

Ward Off: Sink back–kick left foot back–discharge to west, forward and wide–drag stiff right leg (anchor leg)–right foot straight–no upper movement–sink back.

Rollback.

Press: Same footwork as Ward Off–strike with connecting wrists.

Push: Sink back–separate wrists–open palms–kick left foot back–discharge forward (west) wide–drag stiff right foot straight–no upper movement.

Single Whip: Sink back–turn hips to right facing north–form right hand beak over left palm–weight on right leg.

Lady Shuttle to the east: Step left heel to west–turn left foot 90 degrees north while dropping left hand to protect left knee–shift tailbone to left heel–right foot step wide to right (facing east)–circle right hand with left hand twice to right–form chi ball.

Sink back–strike–push left hand forward with hip–roll right hand up protecting head.

Change directions: Step back with left foot pointing north–open hip to north while drawing right hand down (crossing left wrist) to protect right knee–left hand protecting head–shift tailbone to left heel–left hand down to left knee and right hand up protecting head.

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Left-Hand Form: second corner to the west

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Left-Hand Form: third corner to the north

TAI CHI FA JINNorth, East, and South Corners (Left-Hand Form)

(Pages 128–34)

1. Shift tailbone to right heel–circle hands twice–form chi ball facing north.

2. Ward Off–Rollback–Press–Push–Single Whip–Lady Shuttle–Changing Directions.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to the east corner, then repeat them again to the south corner.

TAI CHI FA JINTransition to Right-Hand Form

(Pages 133–41)

After the transition to the right-hand form in step 1 below, the movements progress in a counterclockwise direction and strikes are performed with the right hand.

Step left foot forward–shift tailbone to left heel–draw left hand for-ward and right hand back–shift tailbone to right heel–left hand to left hip and right hand forward–turn hips 90 degrees to right (face south)–right foot pointing east–right arm protects head–shift tail-bone to left heel–weight on left foot.

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Transition to the Right-Hand Form (following the fifth corner of the Left-Hand Form)

2. Right foot steps wide to right (facing south)–circle right hand around left hand twice to right–form chi ball.

3. Ward Off Strike: Sink back–kick right foot back–discharge for-ward wide–drag stiff left leg (anchor leg) left foot straight–no upper movement.

4. Rollback–Press–Push–Single Whip–Lady Shuttle–Changing Directions.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 for the east corner, the north corner, the west corner, then the south corner again.

TAI CHI FA JINCompletion

(Page 142)

After releasing Lady Shuttle, open both hands. Move them up and outward then downward, drawing the left foot straight back setting it down parallel to the right foot. Shift tailbone to left heel–lift up right leg placing it parallel with left–draw feet together with toes even.

Raise hands 12 inches in front of body, then cross right wrist over left wrist and place them on your chest to form an X below the shoulders.

Distribute weight evenly between both feet. Simultaneously straighten body and lower hands to sides, with palms facing back. All movement ends at same time. Relax and center yourself, and feel the chi expand in your body.

Smile down, and collect energy at your navel.

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Closing the form

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