24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi)
Lesson 18 – Turn and Kick with Left Heel
Turn and Kick with Left Heel partially mirrors the movement “Kick with Right Heel”.
It is shown in this video with a review of the preceding movements “High Pat on Horse”, “Kick with Right Heel”, and “Double Wind Pierces the Ears”.
As with the previous kick, it is important to not kick too high. While it is good to be able to kick as high as your head, that it is not expected of everyone.
In tai chi competition, one should be able to kick at least as high as the waist, and you may get more points for kicking higher than your head. You may, in fact, lose marks is you cannot kick very high. But you will lose more marks if you fall or lean over trying to kick higher than you are able.
It is more important to maintain proper alignment and good tai chi principles. Do not compromise your balance and internal power in the attempt to appear more flexible than you are.