Student Workshop Follow-Up

The term Peng is nomenclature specific to the Chinese internal martial arts. When you practice forms, you are always striving to maintain this non-static, energetic form or shape. Practicing Yi Chuan is a direct method of establishing the energy flow within your frame, from your mind to your body, that has both structural integrity and flowing energy. Practicing good solo and partnered exercises both tests and helps to reinforce the forms and their functions.

The main thrust of the workshop was to introduce the partnered drill known as Shao Lu (Little Pull), which is the Grasp Sparrow’s Tail section of the form. Yang style Tai Chi, which evolved after our Guang Ping Yang, or Original Yang form, expresses this more clearly.

Peng, Lu, Ji, An contain all the fundamental directions of force — up, down, left, right, forward and back. Da Lu encompasses the Shao Lu, introduces non-linear stepping, and brings in the shoulder bump and face strike. The 88 Move Combat Form, or San Shou gives students the ability to move in all directions while absorbing and delivering force.

Without applications forms, for most people, tai chi is great for qigong, but cannot be used for self-defense. The addition of the Shao Lu, Da Lu, and 88 Move Combat form provides a very expressive and fun way to get more feeling and function into solo form training.  To see these forms, go to: <http://www.littleriverkf.com/video/>

If you want to learn more about this, you can Google and look up:
Peng, Lu, Ji, An
Yi Chuan
Wang Xianzhai

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