Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cheng Man Ching Yang Style 37 Forms Tai Chi Chuan Movements - 郑曼青37式太极拳招式名称

I checked from many websites from Google and Yahoo, and found that there a lot of of Cheng Man Ching Yang Style 37 Forms Tai Chi Chuan movements. If you look at those website translate from the Chinese word to English word, then feel like not the exact match. So personally I would say try to remember the Chinese movement name is better, unless you can’t read or remember it in Chinese, then let me try to match it and hope it won’t out too much.

Below is the Cheng Man Ching Yang Style 37 Forms in Chinese, and is good for you to remember it in Chinese if possible.


第三勢:攬雀尾 (掤、履、擠、按)
第十四勢:抱虎歸山(歸山(履) 擠、按)
第廿六勢:上步攬雀尾 (掤、履、擠、按)
第廿九勢:攬雀尾(左掤) (掤、履、擠、按)

Below is the Cheng Man Ching Yang Style 37 Forms in English, and I would advise you try to remember the movements first, rather than remember the name of steps. Once you remember the Tai Chi Chuan movements, then you can slowly apply the movement name back if you want.

Step 1    Preparation, Beginning
Step 2    Ward Off to Left, then Right
Step 3    Retreat, Press, then Push
Step 4    Single Whip
Step 5    Lift the Hands
Step 6    Lean then Strike
Step 7    White Stork Spreads Its Wings
Step 8    Knee Sweep and Twist
Step 9    Hold the Lute
Step 10    Knee Sweep and Twist
Step 11    Step Forward, Fend then Punch
Step 12    Apparent Closing Up
Step 13    Cross Hands
Step 14    Embrace the Tiger, back to Mountain
Step 15    Diagonal Single Whip
Step 16    Fist Under Elbow
Step 17    Step Back to Push away the Monkey
Step 18    Diagonal Flying
Step 19    Cloud Hands
Step 20    Descending Single Whip
Step 21    Golden Rooster Stands on Right the Left Leg
Step 22    Right Kick, then Left Kick
Step 23    Turn then Body, Heel Kick
Step 24    Left then Right Knee Sweep and Twist
Step 25    Step Forward and Punch Down
Step 26    Step Forward, Retreat, Press, then Push
Step 27    Single Whip
Step 28    Fair Lady Works Shuttles
Step 29    Left Ward-Off, Retreat, Press then Push
Step 30    Turn the Body and Lower the Hands
Step 31    Step up to Seven Stars
Step 32    Step Back and Ride the Tiger
Step 33    Turn the Body then Lotus Kick
Step 34    Move like a Bow to Shoot the Tiger
Step 35    Turn the Body, Retreat, Press, then Punch
Step 36    Apparent Closing Up
Step 37    Cross Hands then Close Tai Chi

We are leaning the spirit of Tai Chi Chuan, so is good to know the name of movement but is not the must. As Chang San Feng has told his students before that Tai Chi Chuan is not a fix movements, it can be change anytime anywhere just like ‘Ying’ and ‘Yang’, no start and no end.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

To look for Chi Kung books

Today I go to bookstore to look for Chi Kung books, but there are not a lot, only few books on this topic. May be this book shop is not big. I pick one of the Chi Kung book and quick read through it, then found that this Chi Kung book introduce the Chi Kung is really not the same that we know.

The Chi Kung Master mentioned in this book is when practice Chi Kung not need to concentrate on any part of body, example like ‘Dan Tian’. He said that ‘Chi’ already flow in our body, and especially when we are below age 3, we already know how to breath in the air into our body and it will automatically flow to our ‘Dan Tian’. But after we grow up, then slowly our breathing is just to allow our body to get the air with blood to generate energy.

So, this Chi Kung Master provide 12 Chi Kung movements to let us breath in more ‘Chi’ into every part of our body and without concentrate on any point in our body. He said that if concentrate to force the ‘Chi’ to specific area without let the ‘Chi’ follow our internal need, then the ‘Chi’ won’t be balance in our system. He said actually our mind already know which part of our body need more energy which mean need more pure air, so called ‘Chi’ to purify the cell. But after I see all the movements from the book, then I found one more thing, the 12 steps are really looks like Tai Chi movements, and just only make it simple and without moving the legs to different position as one complete circle. The book show that we can practice any steps without sequence or even not need to have the warm up exercise. When we move our hand or head or body or waist, then breath in when we move backward and then breath out when we move forward. Only one things it mentioned in the book that I total agreed is not to practice Chi Kung when you are full after meal, and at least need to wait after 1 hour. If not it will impact our digest system, and not good for our health.

Tomorrow morning, I will try to practice one of the step that I still remember and see any different, the concept is let the breathing as usual without force, not need to concentrate on any part of our body, and not need to imaging the ‘Chi’ flow from outside to our body then flow internally for every part purposely. This is not what I know all this time. Is this the secret of ‘Chi Kung’? I don’t know.

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