Sterling was my first teacher, here in Chicago. Nice to see him on-line, and performing in Millenium Park.

Wu Wang, Tri gram 25

  Many years back, when I first started dabbling with the I – Ching, I stumbled on to this trigram, and it seem to resonate with my person. It stuck with me, and for some reason it is still with me. The name of the Tri-gram can be translated in many ways, “Fidelity”, “Inoncence”, and “The Unexpected”. Recently, I stumbled onto it again, as I saw a comparison of the Tai ji forms with the I – Ching. Actually many of the basic moves are contrasted to the Wu-Xing, the Five movement, or Phases. Positioning and action are characterized by the five movements in the Tai ji symbol position. As larger forms are mapped out, some have drawn I – Ching correspondences. As sifting through the forms, I noticed “my trigram” pop up, corresponding to a move. Not one of my favorite moves, but nonetheless it was there.

INNOCENCE. Supreme success.
	Perseverance furthers.
	If someone is not as he should be,
	He has misfortune,
	And it does not further him
	To undertake anything.

Actually the move looks far from innocent but breaking down the symbol, it consists of Thunder, supporting Heaven. It maybe a difficult move for beginners and the like, since it is a spinning turn on one foot while the other is held at a high kick. Balance is the key to this movement otherwise one will fall.Thus practice would make it perfect, if one cannot concentrate on the move they are sure to loose rhythm and balance, and may even fall.

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8 form Taiji Chuan

Quick morning basics. With some light stretching, or silkreeling, this is a great way to start the day. The video does a nice break down in showing the moves of the form.

Taiji Cane

I just started playing with the notion of getting older. After seeing a couple of demonstrations of Taiji Cane, the thought of having an ambulatory device that can assist as a weapon, just staggered my mind. A simple hooked cane would do just to start. Unlike the Taiji Ruler which is used more for Qigong like postures, the cane is very effective for Charlie Chaplin Hijinks, and take down effects. The first video is a little too flourished, and feels extremely technical, however, its grace is said for. In the second one by Chosun Ninja, its use is exemplified!

Remember to polish your sword.

A change of pace, since picking up the Broadsword, I started practicing Choy Lei Fut with my good pal, Rodrigo. At first I was so hesitant, since it is a hard style, and my mind sometimes wants to put it all in nice circles. Easily said than done. However, I do appreciate the cardio! There is a nice qigong form that is a little softer than the wide horse stances and 120* flung fists. It is mindfull with long oblique stretches.

18 Luohan demonstrated by Chen Yong Fa

In the middle of the picking up the double fan form, my move back to the States occurred. Upon coming home, and going through my belonging once again, I stumble upon my nice big broad sword. I remember about six years ago, Master Wu taught us this form. It was a bit much for me since I wasn’t really quite sure what I was getting from the Tai chi palm form that I was learning also at the same time. I simply put it in the back of my head, and kept the book for use another time, when I would be able to devote some time to it. I seeing my Broad sword which my good friend, Rodrigo, gave me for Christmas about two years back when he went to China for his Choy Lee Fut Seminar, I felt that this was the time to pick it up and practice.

The postures of Tai ji dao
1. Crossing the Saber by standing as if riding a tiger
2. Moving, Turning, Thrusting, and Spreading Vigorously
3. Making the Saber and arm one, a level line and looking left and right.
4. Moving one palm and the saber as if a white crane spreads its wings.
5. Drawing the Saber and One palm in as the wind rolls the Lotus leaves
6. Moving the saber in every direction
7. Moving the Saber and one palm in and out
8. Kicking up and striking a tiger
9. Keeping the body upright and holding the Saber slanted
10. Revolving the Saber as if pushing a boat
11. Freely coordinating the three movements of the saber with three of the lower limbs
12. Moving the sber as if parting water to both sides and jumping
13. Withdrawing the saber