Movement 2 – Ward Off Left

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Video Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 2 – Ward Off Left

Instruction Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 2 –  Ward Off Left

1.Shift your weight (100 percent) into the left foot. Releasing/letting go: The hands rotate slightly outwards, led by the pinky fingers.

2. Activating: Simultaneously, move the left hand in front of the right hip and the right hand in front of the shoulder. Your right foot turns 45 degrees to the left on its heel, the hip follows. Gaze and hips are now pointing into the diagonal direction.

3. Move your weight into the right foot (100 percent).

4. Step with the left foot forward in a straight line. The heel touches the ground first.

5. Shift your weight. At first, distribute your weight 50/50 to get access to your front foot (additional step for beginners), then shift your weight 80 percent to the left with a slight rotation to the right. Releasing/letting go: The hands rotate slightly outwards, led by the pinky fingers.

6. Activating: The left hand expands upward and outward until it is in front of the sternum. Simultaneously, the right hand moves next to the right hip, also staying in front of the body. At the same time, the body follows the movement of the hands – gaze and hip are now facing forward; the left foot turns in, into the bow step.

Graphic feet position Ward Off Left

Ward Off Left feet positions

The relevant episodes of our #martialmonday project:

#MartialMonday 10 – Ward Off Left & Right

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The first two videos will cover the basic posture and the position of the feet (bow stance), followed by videos for the single movements. For those interested in the intention behind the movements (or the martial application training), we will add the relevant episodes of our #martialmonday project.

  1. Basic posture
  2. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 1 – Beginning
  3. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 2 – Ward Off Left
  4. Tai Chi Bow Stance
  5. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 3 – Ward Off Right
  6. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 4 – Pull
  7. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 5 – Press
  8. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 6 – Push
  9. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 7 – Open Up
  10. Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 8 – Crossing Hands

Author: Nils Klug

Image: Nils Klug

The bow stance

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