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Tai Chi Tuesday: The Value of 'Part The Wild Horse's Mane'

Posted on 18 February, 2014 at 0:00



Part the Wid Horse's Mane is one of the most recognizable Tai Chi postures.


As the body shifts left, the right hand crosses the left wrist, then drops to the right hip. As this happens, the left hand arcs to the left and the torso follows. Ths ending position is called "ward off."


I mention the right palm crossing the left wrist because if you practice the movement in this fashion, it will be consistent every time.


Now, here is why this posture is so practiced.


First, it's a basic skill needed for more advanced self defense study. As we learn about structure in Tai Chi for self defense, we begin by having a partner grab the forward arm (in this case, the left arm). As our partner applies light pressure, we relax, which sends our partner's force into the ground. If we do this correctly, our partners will move as they apply pressure. 


Secondly, it's good for chi devlopement. I If we stand in this posture and practice abdominable breathing, we can get a feel for good rooting and eventually feeling good energy flow between our hands.


Thirdly, Part the Wild Horse's Mane has multiple self-defense applications, including throws, arm-breaks and blocks for punches and kicks.


Keep these points in mind next time you practice.


If you have questions about the self-defense aspects of Tai Chi, contact me

Categories: Tai Chi Chuan / Energy Healing

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