Thursday, April 29, 2010

4 Winds Tai Chi - the Third Form, Group practice.

A video of the third form of 4 Winds Tai Chi. In this form, as well as in the Long and Fourth form, we use the same defensive moves we used in the Short form, in the same order. These moves are executed on the Left then on the Right side, so we actually are performing 5 different defensive moves :
  • High Block (Jodan Uke)
  • Outside Middle block (Chudan Soto Uke)
  • Knife hand block (Shuto Uke)
  • Low block (Gedan Uke)
  • Inside Middle block (Chudan Uchi Uke)

In this 3rd form, we insert counter moves after each one of the blocks - throws, or combination of strikes and throws. The Japanese names of these moves - in the Tradition of Nihon Tai Jitsu) are : 

  • Kata Guruma
  • O Soto Gari
  • Tembim Nage
  • O Uchi Gari
  • Tai Otoshi
(sorry, I do not know their names in English...)

Some of these moves request moving three limbs at a time in three different directions, not always an easy thing to do... I have designed the Third form mostly to improve coordination and balance.

This video was taped at the Dothan Botanical Garden in Dothan, Alabama, USA in April 2010.

Thank you to Geri, Carl and Ron for their help and support.

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