Taiji 24 Form - Part 2 of 8
By Kelly Maclean
Before continuing into section 2, you must be sure to have learned and practiced section 1 correctly. As we continue the form, we are building a foundation with which many other forms and styles can be learned.
Move the right hand in front of your face, and as you swing it downward toward your hip, the left hand describes an arc form the left side, up, to parry in front of the face. The left foot draws in to form a T-stance as the left hand continues downward to chest level while the right hand swings back, palm facing upward, to the north-east. We'll call this ¨position A¨ on the right side.
Brush Knee Twist
Stepping out with the left heel, the left hand goes down to block in front of the leg while the rightelbow bends.
As you shift to bow stance, the left hand continues beside the left leg, while the right hand pushes to the front, passing by the right ear, fingertips leading, and the wrist settling as the arm extends. The right hand fingertips are at nose level and the left hand fingertips are pointing forward. There should be a slight twist through the waist. We'll call this ¨position B¨. This completes the first part of Brush Knee Twist.
Sit back to turn the left leg out about 45 degrees, and shift your weight to the left foot. At the same time, the right hand describes a leftward arc blocking in front of the face, while the left hand swings palm up toward the south-east corner. Bring the right foot to beside the left foot to form a T-stance as you move to ¨position A¨ left side.
Stepping out with the right heel, right hand goes down to block in front of the right leg while the left elbow bends.
Shifting to bow stance, the right hand continues beside the right leg, and the left hand pushes to the front,passing by the left ear, fingertips leading, and the wrist settling as the arm extends. This is ¨position B¨ on the other side. This completes the second part.
Sit back and repeat part one again, finishing in ¨position B¨ in a left bow stance.
Hands Strum the Lute
Take a half step forward with the right foot. Shifting to the right foot with the knee bent, move the left hand up and forward and the right hand down and back. Raise the left leg, and set it down with the left heel touching the floor, the knee slightly bent, weight on the right leg. (This is a variation of the empty stance.) At the same time, palms press inward, facing opposite sides, left hand fingertips at nose level, and the right hand almost under the left elbow. Look forward.
Switch the left foot from heel to toe, and drop the right hand toward the dantian (a pressure point in the lower abdomen). Swing the right arm back to the north-east and twist both hands palms up.
As you bend the right elbow, bringing the hand by your right ear, step back with the left foot. Pushforward,overthe left hand, shifting back to form an empty stance, lifting the right heel up off the floor. At the same time, the left hand draws back, palm up, to the dantian. The right wrist settles so that the fingertips end up at nose level. This completes part one of Repulse Monkey.
Swing the left arm back to the south-east and twist both hands palms up.
Bending the left elbow so that the left hand comes in by the left ear, step back with the right foot.Pushforward,over the right hand, shifting back to form an empty stance, lifting the left heel up off the floor. At the same time, right hand draws back, palm up, to the dantian. The left wrist settles so that the fingertips end up at nose level. This completes the second part.
Repeat both parts of Repulse Monkey two more times, and then circle the right hand up to shoulder level, sweep the left hand under the right hand, and move the left foot in beside the right foot, to form the ¨holding ball¨ posture on the right side.
This completes section two of Taiji 24 Form.