Gilman Studio On-Line Lessons



Yang Style Long Form

Tai Chi Chuan


This Lesson Contains:

Movement # 41 – Separation Of The Left Foot Kick

   This is basically he same movement as the previous one, but done with the left foot. There is a transition between the two foot kicks that I have given an application. The transition is similar to High Pat On Horse.

The opponent strikes my center with his right hand. I neutralize it to the right and either push or strike with my left palm. The same or different opponent strikes with the left hand. I neutralize this to the left delivering a right palm slap, and follow with a left foot kick to the lower mid-section.

Some of this movement is difficult to see, as my back is turned to the camera. If you study the previous movement and mirror it on the left side, you will understand what needs to be done.


John attacks my center with his right hand. I join and neutralize the strike with my right hand, leading it to the right.

Following Right Foot Kick, step down the right heel half way between west and north. Be sure not to narrow your stance. The right arm drops to lower chest level with the palm facing the body. The left hand remains by the left side of the shoulder.

Focus on the right wrist for joining and the right foot for proper placement.






Having led the attack into nothingness, I attack back with a palm strike.

Shift the weight onto the right foot, turning the torso until the nose points to the right knee.

The right hand ends up by the right side of the thigh with the palm facing downward. The left palm extends outward to end on the left side of the center of the chest. Keep the elbow drooped.

This is actually Right Brush Knee, as seen before.

Focus on the right hand for neutralizing and the left palm for striking.





This part of the movement now mirrors High Pat on Horse. As the attack comes at me, I neutralize it to the left.

The left palm starts to the left at the same level, about the center of the chest. The right hand relaxes and starts to circle up. The body starts to retreat back onto the left foot as the torso begins to turn to the left.

Focus on the back of the left wrist to join with opponent’s strike.





I deliver a slap with the right palm.

The weight has shifted onto the left foot. At the end of the shift, the right toe pivots on the heel to end with the toe facing west. The torso has turned to the left and ends up facing slightly to the left of west.

The left hand has continued around to the left and extends almost straight out by the left shoulder. The palm faces downward.

The right palm has circled up and ends up by the right side of the center of the chest with the palm facing to the left.

Focus on the left palm for leading and the right palm for slapping.

This part of the movement is like High Pat on Horse.




We now go into the mirror of the last kick.

Here I stick with and circle down John’s right arm.

The weight is shifted onto the right foot and the torso turns to the right to face west. Sink the weight into the right Kua.

The left arm circles down and ends up in front of the crotch. The right hand withdraws to end by the right side of the chest. I am now in center position.

Focus on the left arm for sticking and leading.




The kick is delivered.

The torso turns to face halfway between west and south. The left thigh is raised and the left foot is snapped out. As this happens, the two arms separate to the sides of the shoulders. Palms face outwards. Do not lean back.

Focus on the left hand for deflecting and the left toe for kicking.






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