Gilman Studio On-Line Lessons
Tai Chi Partner Cane Form
This Lesson Contains: Side B
Movement # 1 – Move the Branch Aside
Here we go, side B. There are some different moves here, but the principles remain the same – attacks of the three levels, protection when attacking, and quick, sharp movements. This first movement is a simple neutralize to the side. For clarity, we will say west is the starting direction for B.
Stand relaxed but filled with Peng Jin. Feet are together. Face west. Focus on breathing into the lower Dantien. Notice how the hand wraps around the top of the cane.
I am going to step back with the right foot, so first I sink the weight into the left foot and roll up onto the right toe. The body stays relaxed. Do not lean to either side when sinking the weight.
Focus on the breath.
Step back with the right foot and touch down the toe. The foot will be at a 45-degree angle to the forward direction. Don’t lean forward when stepping back. The body faces west.
The cane tip starts to rise. This move is accomplished mostly with the elbow and wrist. The left arm starts to fill as it is going to come up and support the cane.
Focus on the cane rising.
Shift the weight onto the right foot and turn the torso slightly to the right to provide a smaller target for the opponent’s attack. The left foot pulls into Empty Step on Toe. The left toe faces west. The torso faces halfway between west and north.
The cane is on the right side of the body. The tip is about at shoulder level and the right hand is by the right hip. The left palm supports the cane. Be careful to keep the fingers on the inside of the cane.
Focus on the middle of the cane.
Note: The cane comes up in a way that the opponent’s poke to the center is encouraged to continue in and past the body to the right, so his center will be open for a counter attack. Don’t knock the opponent’s cane out of the way. It is a smooth join, stick and lead movement.