10 Form Tai Chi
Part 2 (Reverse Reeling Forearms)
Reverse reeling forearms is a version of “Step back to repulse the monkey.”
This movement is simpler in that the stepping is eliminated. But there is still lots to pay attention too. You should try to maintain the balanced and rooted posture that you established in the first movement. But now you ad the twisting of the waist. If your posture was correct in the first movement, then your lower back will be relaxed and the waist will turn easily. If, however, the lower back is still tense, then only the upper part of the waist will move, if the waist can twist at all.
This movement can also teach you a lot about the proper dynamic range for the shoulders and hips. In both cases it is important not to allow either joint to go too far. Keep the hips sinking, and the shoulders relaxed and dropping.