The movement “Single whip” is followed by “Step up to Raise Hands”, “Pull Down”, “Elbow”, “Shoulder”, and “White Crane Spreads its Wings”. These complete the “8 trigrams” that are essential to tai chi.
In this lesson we look at some subtleties of these shapes and their martial applications.
Cai is associated with Wind, and is often mistakenly translated as “pull down”. A better translation would be “extract”.
Zhou is assoicated with “Lake”. Like a lake, it is more stable and deep than it first appears.
Kao is associate with “Mountain”. It is often referred to, in English, as “shoulder strike”, but it is really a technique that can use any part of the torso, head, hips, shoulders, or thighs.
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