(Bird not included.)
The name of this movement, “grasping the bird’s tail,” is from a Chinese expression which refers to paying attention to important details. In this case, we are paying attention to core energetic, structural and strategic elements of tai chi. This movement contains archetypal representations of the four primary shapes called “Peng, Lu, Ji, and An.” or “Boing, Roll, Cram, and Press.”
Grasp the Bird’s Tail represents the core elements of tai chi. Consisting of 4 perfect structures, Peng, Lu, Ji, and An, this sequence is the archetype for the ideal strategy, technique, method, and energy. All else that happens in the tai chi form will reference these 4 energies.
This lesson teaches the external shapes. Later lessons will discuss the more subtle internal energy, applications, and feeling.
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