Yang 24 Form – Tai Chi Movement: Apparent Closing
From the punch – Begin to shift the weight into the rear foot. As you do so the right hand releases the fist and the palm rotates up. The left hand turns palm up and slides in underneath the right elbow. The weight is shifting back and the elbows are sinking until the hands clear each other.
The heels of the hands then sink with the palms rotating to face forward at the height of your lower ribs. Push forward by shifting the weight forward and lightly extending the arms. When the weight has moved 70% into the front foot the arms should be approximately sixty percent extended.
Yang Style Tai Chi movement: Cross Hands and Close Taijiquan:
From Apparent Closing – Sink the weight back into the right foot. As you do so the arms extend slightly further until the hands are facing the ground. Turn your waist back to the beginning direction of the form.
The arms follow the turning of the waist as shoulder height and the left toe pivots in to face forward. Move the weight into the left foot and step the right foot in to shoulder height, toes facing forward. The arms sink as you step and balance the weight. The arms continue their motion swinging in until the wrists cross at the waist and then rise up the center-line of the body.
Rotate the forearms in until the palms face the ground and slowly sink the arms, allowing them to uncross and return to the hips. Slowly step the feet together as in the beginning of the Yang 24 form.
Yang Style Tai Chi Philosophy:
Close Taijiquan – Send out at least three external good thoughts.
Opponent has seized your wrist. Sink the weight back to withdraw the hand while the left hand sweeps up your forearm and breaks the opponent’s control at the wrist. Guide the opponent’s hand off to the side and shift the weight forward using the long push to throw the opponent back.
Every Tai Chi movement is said to have between three and thirty applications. The application listed is one example of how to effectively apply the movement.
Apparent Closing (Ru Feng Si Bi)Appears Closed (Rufemg Sibi) [Liang & Wu]
As If Blocking and Closing [Zhang Fuxing]
Closure (Ru Feng Si Bi) [Foen Tjoeng Lie; Metzger & Zhou]
Acting to Close a Door [Chong]
Seal as Close Up [Zhao]
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