Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tai Chi Chuan: Parting Wild Horses Mane vs. Cloud Hands



Dave at Formosa Neijia asked the other day if we were taking pieces of the 88-movement San Shou form and using them something like one-step sparring drills. Here is such an example; it's "parting wild horses mane" vs. "wave hands like clouds". This is directly out of the San Shou form and is run either as a one-step self-defense technique or as a form done in a repeating loop. The loop allows us to concentrate on form and footwork, and the unified movement necessary in partner training.
There are many other interpetations of both movements, we just show a couple of obvious self-defense applications in the beginning.

6 comments:

Dan Paden said...

The similarities you encounter from martial art to martial art are fascinating. At least some of what you were doing in that clip looked very much like what at least one of Lou Angel's Goju-Ryu students was teaching as self-defense applications for years.

Formosa Neijia said...

DR,
Yep, that's what I meant. I'm always interested to see what you guy some up with!

Dojo Rat said...

Dave:
I'll put a few more up as I make the video's, maybe one a week...

Dan:
Did you ever get that truck fixed?
Ha,ha-- yes, there are lots of similarities, especially with Aikido. I guess there are standardized ways to manipulate the human body, expressed in different ways.
D.R.

Dan Paden said...

My old Bronco II runs okay. If I'm fortunate, I'll rebuild the carburetor by the end of the summer, and then it will run even better...

José said...

Cool! That's what I meant as loops. I would add one comment (which you guys are obviously aware of but which I feel needs to be spelled out). Doing loops like that, or any sort of two person drills with few moves in it, gives you the repetitions of single techniques in the quantities we need to make them second nature and to ingrain the principles Just doing apps every once in awhile is probably not enough.

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