Movement 8 – Crossing Hands

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Video Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 8 – Crossing Hands

Instruction Tai Chi 8 Movements – Posture 8 – Crossing Hands

1. Turn the right foot in a bit more until the outer side of the foot points straight forward.
Shift your weight to the right, taking back the left foot so far that both heels are on a straight line and the outer side of the left foot also points straight forward (parallel stance). At the same time, both hands sink at the palms face backwards.

2. Distribute your weight equally on both feet (50/50).
Releasing/letting go: The hands rotate slightly outwards, led by the pinky fingers.

3. Activating: Straightening up, the hands cross in front of the hips (right hand on the inner side, left hand on the outer side). The wrists touch each other and remain flexibly connected, while both hands strive upwards and outwards. In the final shape, the right hand is on the outer side and the left hand on the inner side. The palms of both hands constantly face backwards during the whole movement.

Completion / New beginning of the Tai Chi 8 movements

Take both hands back towards the body and place them on top of each other parallel to the lower arms. The right hand is up.

Completion: Let the hands sink down at the sides. – Listen into your body.

New beginning: For the new beginning: you are already in the starting position for the first movement.

Graphic feet position

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The relevant episode of our #martialmonday project not ready yet! But here is a video from my 2004 DVD:

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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

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