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Taiji 24 Form - Section 6 of 8

By Kelly Maclean



Before continuing into section 6, you must be sure to have learned and practiced sections 1 to 5 correctly. These instructions assume SOUTH as the starting direction.

Snake Creeps Down (left) and Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg

Bend the left leg, pointing the left toe, and move the left hand to the right shoulder, sitting wrist, palm facing rightward, while making a hook with the right hand, to the northeast. The hook should be held between shoulder and ear level, all five fingers together in a point, wrist bent so that the fingers point down, and elbow straight).

Take a long step back with the left foot to the rear-left, toe touching the floor first and sink into a drop stance, right leg bent, left leg straight, both feet flat on the floor, left foot hooked in so that it points north, and swing the left hand down toward the left foot, palm facing out. Turn your attention to the west side.

Turn the toes of the left foot out and shift to a left bow stance, turning the right foot inward. While shifting forward, swing the left hand up, palm out, fingertips to nose level, and lower the right arm, twisting the hook back so that the fingers point upward. Hold the right hand up, away from the body. Look forward, to the west.

Turn the toes of the left foot out slightly and open the hook hand. Almost straightening the left leg, raise the right knee to at least waist level, pointing the right toe, and swing the right hand upward, wrist straight, palm facing left side, fingers pointing up, elbow over the right knee. At the same time, press the left hand down to beside the left hip, sitting wrist, fingers pointing forward. Look forward, to the west.

Snake Creeps Down (right) and Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg

Lower the right toe to the floor. Pivoting on the ball of the left foot, turn to the south-east, moving the right hand to the left shoulder, sitting wrist, palm facing leftward, and raising the left hand to the south-east as a hook, elbow straight. The hook should be between shoulder and ear level, five fingers together in a point, and wrist bent so that the fingers point down.

Take a long step back to the rear-right, toes of the right foot touching the floor first, and sink into a drop stance, left leg bent, right leg straight, with the right foot hooked in so that the toes point south. At the same time swing the right hand down toward the right foot, palm out. Turn your attention to the west side.

Turn the toes of the right foot out and shift to a right bow stance, turning the toes of the left foot inward. While shifting forward, swing the right hand up palm out, fingertips to nose level, and lower the left arm, twisting the hook back, to point upward. Hold the left arm up away fro the body.

Turn the toes of the right foot out slightly and open the hook. Almost straightening the right leg, raise the left knee to at least waist level, with the toes pointed, and swing the left hand up, wrist straight, palm facing right side, fingers pointing up, elbow positioned over the left knee. At the same time, the right hand presses down to beside the right hip, sitting wrist, fingers pointing forward. Look straight ahead to the west.