Sunday, October 17, 2004

Grandmaster Cheng Tin-Hung in Action - Repulse Monkey

Here is the Wu Style "Repulse Monkey" demonstrated by Grandmaster Cheng Tin-Hung.


Anonymous said...

I'm not too familiar with wu style, but is it common characteristic that the knees and toes are lined up? I used to do the knee-toe thing but felt that it put some pressure on my knees so I've moved to a toe-instep or toe-heel kind of alignment. This type of shift has also resulted in sinking into the gua more instead of trying to get lower via the knee. -- wuji

neo said...

The general rule, which is common to all Tai Chi styles including Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun, with only a few exceptions, is that the knees do NOT exceed the toes. The basic idea behind that is to prevent pressure from building up in the knees, and to allow the body weight and Chi to sink into the ground. Therefore, knee-toe, toe-instep or toe-heel alignments are all correct. In addition, a common misconception to create a feeling of sinking is through either using force, or lowering the knee.

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