24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi)
Lesson 4 – Part the Wild Horse’s Mane (right, left)
Continuing from the first “part the horse’s mane”, this section introduces the forward stepping of the Yang style tai chi.
The footwork in modern simplified routines like the 24 form is a bit different from the traditional routines. There is more back and forth shifting in the new routines. In fact, some schools emphasize that there should be no shifting back when the toe is turned out. But this “ding ba” method is physically and technically challenging for beginners
There is some debate as to why the simplified routines do more shifting. Some insist that it is a simplification and that it is meant for “hospital tai chi.” Others disagree. It is a very interesting discussion which we won’t get into it here.