Things to Remember

  • remain upright

  • nose and belly button remain aligned, particularly when turning

  • shoulders remain relaxed at all time

  • the head does not usually turn on its own

  • eyes look beyond the forward fingers

  • each hand (fingers) should be seen (including peripherally) at all times

  • when one part moves, all parts move

  • when turning, movement begins from the lower dantian

  • hands remain the same shape throughout the form (except when making light fists or hooks)

  • the shape of the fingers is similar to holding a beach ball

  • fingers are soft

  • elbow is generally lower than the hand

  • Yang style stepping travels forwards but the body faces 45 degrees in transition

  • place the whole foot down (heel first) before shifting weight to that leg (Yang style)

  • empty the leg before stepping or pivoting (Yang style)

  • bow stance feet - front foot directly forward, back foot at 45 degrees

  • bow stance feet - back heel is driving into the ground

  • bow stance hips and shoulders - facing forward, square on

  • arms and legs are in alignment at the end of the posture

  • three harmonies: shoulder and hip aligned, elbows and knee aligned, wrist and ankle aligned

  • finish one posture before beginning the next

  • transitions are important

  • know what each hand, each foot are be doing

  • know what each hand/arm is doing in regard to martial application

  • breathe out on the exerting force

  • breathe in when collecting energy

  • arms are never over extended

  • keep joints ‘soft’, or off lock

  • knees and feet are in alignment

  • when shifting weight to back leg, knee must not ‘drop’ but be in alignment with the foot

  • always have ‘air under the wings’, space between the arm pits

  • sink the chest

  • tuck in the chin

  • breath

  • relax

  • enjoy