Opening The Form & Applications

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There are many versions of the Tai Chi forms, and it is fairly common for these forms to skip the large opening with the legs before the Rise and Fall. In today's lesson, we go over how to do the full opening move, applications for this form, and the bare bones of how to stay properly weighted (as opposed to "double weighted").

The double weighted error is important to address because without fixing it, you will not be able to move fast enough to catch your opponent's foot. Even if you did catch it, it would be difficult to feel what you are doing to have much control over them.

Once you have fixed this error, your opponent will find that not only are you able to move quickly and responsively to their kick, but you have your FULL BODY WEIGHT behind the leg, while you have overextended theirs and separated them from their base.

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