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

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Chen v Yang

Peter Bojanic makes some nice observations about learning the Chen style form, having already done the Yang for a while.

1. Fast and slow movement. Where as the overall Chen form is executed slowly (as if moving through water), there are continual hand movements that are quick and are difficult to follow.

2. There' s lots of hiccups. In the Yang long there are a few punches that we back up and repeat. My former teacher, Paul, called these hiccups. There are lots of hiccups in Chen style so the movement isn't as linear and straightforward as Yang.

3. Complex movement. There is much more complex movement in Chen style involving the arms and hands. From single whips to punches, there's a lot of intricacies involved that I'm not prepared to start describing because I'm still getting a hold of them.



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