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Page 4 - Taiji Animations (Yang style)

Yang Style Taijiquan (T'ai Chi Ch'uan)

Parting the Wild Horse's Mane

Back remains straight and weight shifts from right to left after the step is completed. Footwork is light and slow. At completion of movement, weight is 70% on the left foot and the left knee is in line with the front toe.

Front View of this movement on page 3.

Physical requirements for Taijiquan:


  • Stance is as wide as the shoulders

  • Knees over the toes (never over-extended beyond the toes)

  • Elbows never extend beyond the knees

  • Back is kept straight (perpendicular to the ground)

  • Movement starts in the feet, is directed by the waist, and expressed by the hands

  • Entire body moves as a coordinated unit (in harmony)

  • Head is held as if suspended from above (at the Bai Hui acupuncture point)

  • All joints are "open" and rounded so as not to restrict the flow of Qi

  • Animations of Commencement Move on pages 1 & 2.

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