From Dragon Waves Tail Left – Moving from the hips push the weight down and forward until it is fully in the lead leg. The right hand follows this movement scooping down and forward with the fingertips.


Stand up with the left leg but take care not to lock the knee. Keep your weight sinking downward. As the body rises the left sinks and the right continues to lift. The hands pass, palm facing palm, in front of the body.

The right hand continues up until it is in front of the right shoulder and the left finishes by the left hip with the palm facing the ground.

Proceed to repeat the T-stance, Dragon and Stand on one leg positions on the right side, mirroring the instructions above.



Previous Yang Style Tai Chi movement: Dragon Waves It’s Tail

Next Yang Style Tai Chi movement: Work at Shuttles



Martial Application:

As a continuation of Dragon Waves – When you sink slide your foot between your opponent’s legs. Shifting the weight into the left leg, drive the shoulder under the opponent’s pelvis. As you stand into the left leg the motion of the right hand pull the opponent across your shoulders and throws them to the ground.

On it’s own. From a low stance. Shoot a palm strike up to the opponent’s jaw to draw their guard up. Follow with a knee to the abdomen.

Every Yang Style 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.


Alternate Translations:
  • Stand on One Leg (Jin Ji Du Li)
  • Left Lower Body Then Stand on One Leg (Zuo Xiashi Duli) [Liang & Wu]
  • Left Down One-leg Stand [Zhao]
  • Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg [Garofalo]


This information is meant for reference and to give an idea of the details involved in all Yang Style Tai Chi movements. In order to receive the benefits of an internal arts practice it is vital that you seek qualified instruction.

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