designing sequences big and small

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designing sequences big and small

Postby brer_momonga » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:06 am

in trying to really work on grasping Peng, Lu, Ji, An, I've tied them together in a circle so I can keep them moving in a small space - and get
dizzy :mrgreen:

out of curiosity, has anyone here ever tied both sides of the 32 postures together into one continous form that starts and ends in the same place? (I'm not talking about doing one side, then starting the opposite side - mixing it all together)

even if you haven't done that, do you have little forms of your own or do you just practice the form(s) you learned and then practice individual postures?

Do you ever just play random postures?
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Re: designing sequences big and small

Postby Dvivid » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:28 am

Repeating a single posture or "moving pattern" is a common traditional training method. The most popular forms to do this with are Peng, Lu, Ji, and An! So, you're on the right track. Have you seen:

http://ymaa.com/publishing/dvd/taiji_energy_patterns ?
"Avoid Prejudice, Be Objective in Your Judgement, Be Scientific, Be Logical and Make Sense, Do Not Ignore Prior Experience." - Dr. Yang

http://www.ymaa.com/publishing
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Re: designing sequences big and small

Postby Josh Young » Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:04 pm

I am by no means an expert, nor a teacher, so take this with a grain of salt.

I do just this, sort of. I mainly practice a short set that I put together.
It can be done with many variations, mudras, intentions etc and I do it with many forms of weapons.

it has only a few moves, but every energy and the primary and secondary techniques of the 13 postures is in it.
I put it together like a mathematical structure.

I named each move:

Heaven and Earth unite
Moon and Sun sweep sky
Wind brings Thunder
River rides the Mountain
Heaven holds all things
A storm of out the Earth

The names have the trigrams because of the correlation between the 8 energies and the trigrams and the content. If you know the correlations and these names make a lot of sense when you learn the moves. The names are trivial though.

The short set works on both sides and if you do it on the right you end up when you are done, ready to do it on the left. It has a lot of applications built into it, I started with 3 for each move/breath and included both gentle and lethal applications.

When I was in high-school I took a career aptitude test and scored in the top 1% in most categories and was told that the best career for me was mechanical engineer. I have used my aptitudes to put together my own material, for me and me alone and have been practicing this for a few years now with excellent results. I still work on the Yang long form, but my focus is on the short set I made for me.

Before I did this I focused on Grasp Sparrows Tail for a year or so, doing it 1-2 hours a day.
My primary instructor has noted that my skill is still progressing.

I am taking up a renewed focus on the Yang long form starting this week actually, having recently moved yet again, but work mainly with my concise set.
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