Lesson 9 and 10 finished with “White Crane Spreads its Wings” and completed the “8 Trigrams theme”
Now that you have been introduced to the essential elements of tai chi, it is time to add variations that include the skill of advancing. “Brush Knee Push” and “Strum the Lute” are forward moving postures.
Keep in mind the relaxed alignment of the arms, and the proper positioning of the legs.
“Brush Knee Push” is often misunderstood. The real power in this posture is usually on the opposite side from the one that most people will expect. The pushing hand has the power only for the first part of the movement. When the hand is pushing, the real power is in the lead leg.
“Play Guitar” aka “Strum the Lute” is not the same as the “Raise Hands” movement that we learned in Lesson 9.
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