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Forms and Drills for Training2018-04-24T07:16:58+00:00

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  • Nancy Fiano
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    One of the most fun to do drills is one that Master Li put together last year. It is done in a small circle, first counter-clockwise then clockwise. It uses the first movement, in basic form of Bagua, Tai Chi, Shaolin, Xinyi. For instance, Open the bagua circle and walk one circle in ready position, inside shoulder soft fist down, upper, outside hand protecting face. Now walk one circle using first bagua palm down. When you get to the starting point, switch to tai chi, parting wild horses mane. Once at the starting point again, walk the circle after doing the first movement of the Shaolin Five form. Return to the starting point and walk the circle doing Pi Chuan. Once back at the starting point, use yinyang palm to reverse the circle and do them all in the opposite direction. Follow this pattern until you do all five of the Shaolin and Xinyi palms. As you get better at the form you can make the Bagua palms Mother palm.s
    The challenge is that you have to remember the sequence of all the styles, and you have to adjust your speed and thinking to match the different styles, softer for tai chi, stronger for Shaolin, faster for Xinyi.

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    Nancy Fiano
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    this is a listing of moves in the new little tai chi form we have been working on this month.
    April , 2018
    Xinyidao 16 Tai Chi Form
    Commencement into Ready Stance
    1. Brush Left Knee (using cat paw movement instead of flipping the hand up by the ear before the push)
    2. Brush Right Knee
    3. White Crane Spreads Wings (right foot empty, left hand up)
    4. Press Right arm and Right Leg Forward
    5. Parting Wild Horses Main Left and Right
    6. Parry and Punch
    7. Play Pipa
    8. Two backwards stepping Monkeys (use tighter hand movements capturing with both hands and palm over palm directly down the center)
    9. Heel kick with left foot (step over like dragon with right foot, heel kick with left, box ears and then turn to the right, step over with left, heel kick with right and box ears)
    10. One shuttle to the left
    11. Needle at Sea Bottom
    12. Fan through back
    13. One Yang style cloud hand, one Chen style cloud hand, one Yang cloud all stepping to the left
    14. One Grasp Birds Tail, turn to the left
    15. One Yang style cloud hand
    16. One Grasp Birds Tail to the left, turn right into ready stance

    Continue form in reverse stepping to the right and then close form

    This has gone through several tweaks, and it may still change. The form starts and ends in the same spot in the room. On the surface, it is only a slight change in the sequence of moves from traditional tai chi 16 forms, but the internal movements and extra spirals and circles make it very different.

    ManojB
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    I’ll have to try that circle drill out. It’s looks like a good way to practice the different flavors of Xinyi-Dao in one exercise.

    Nancy Fiano
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    Last night’s class focused on breathing and power from the dan tian and not from muscles and tendons. We worked on a linear drill doing tai chi parting wild horses mane movement. You know, hold the ball, step out and part the hands. Then Shifu had us all line up over a seam line in the mats on the floor. Our mats are about 4 foot square. We started in the middle on the seam and then he had us turn, hold the ball and step out to the corner of the square and part the hands. In application, if you are stepping too shallow, you can’t get under the center of gravity of the person you are moving. Next came corrections to how far we were turning. The turns have to be to the front wall and back wall so that when you step into part, the back of your shoulder is doing the striking, as well as the back of your head. Someone asked if you turn your head to protect your eyes and face. Shifu answered, no, you turn so you can get a better power from the spiral when you part the hands.
    Next he added the breath. He had us walk the seam, doing the hold the ball and the part. When in the hold the ball mode, he had us breathe in deeply, while getting lower and lower, and holding qi longer and longer. First 5 breaths, then 8, then 10, only after making many internal circles, did he let us step out to the corner and part and exhale. The exhale had a big sound of him packing down qi into the center. Not to be confused with a loud sound like in some karate katas. By the end of the class, it no longer looked like a tai chi move, but more like xinyi alligator,tight little spirals and massive, explosive power at the last second.

    Nancy Fiano
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    Another simple Bagua drill we use is to walk circles around two markers on the mat. We use low cones, you could use anything, a postcard, water bottle. Put them about 6 feet apart and begin in the center of the cones, walk an infinity symbol doing basic palms. Next add a Mother palm to the center when you turn. Then comes doing a double turn in the center before you make the next circle. You can mix up any number of palms and turns at different sections of the two circles. Then the hard part, you have to turn the dan tian and inhale at every step and can only exhale in the center before doing the turns. The exhale has to be internal.

    Tommy
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    Nancy, thanks for all the drills and posts

    Nancy Fiano
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    this is a little drill we have been doing to incorporate tai chi into the xinyidao practice. Shifu always tells us to get close and turn more. The first step in should touch, turn and bump or hit and the second step has to stick, turn even more and drop or rise to a different level. Always changing. Not upright and lots of space like you see this move done in tai chi play or tournaments. https://www.facebook.com/xinyidaokungfu/videos/1623398711112874/UzpfSTE4MzIxNDUwMDU6MTAyMDg5NzY0MjMyNDc3Njg/?notif_id=1526643307710984&notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic

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