moving about. learning Chinese, practicing Tai Ji Quan, doing Qi Gong, or simply going out running. resisting the monkey impulses.

Friday, April 30, 2004

name those parts

We were practicing a walking form of silk reeling which was fun. As one turned to face the opposite side in unison with the arms' circulation, it seemed that the best way of effecting the turn was to begin turning the waist, then forget to keep the front foot in place, i.e. let it slip around to accomodate the twisting being set up by the other leg.

Our teacher, Aarvo, liked this description. He also remarked that the hand movement was like Parting the Horse's Mane, which in our (short Yang and Chen) forms we have not got. That sounded like naming of parts to me "which in your case you have not got", always a monkey-fave.

Here it is, with some college-style analysis. It's strange how the whole thing turns out to be about (im)balance and (dis)harmony, since there we all were, as it were training to be balanced and harmonious (peaceful) warriors.

Monkey is, as ever, amused.



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