Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Fourth Form - 4 Winds Tai Chi - Group Practice

A video of the Fourth 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 4th form, we insert counter moves after each one of the blocks - Arm or Wrist locks. 

 The Fourth Form was basically designed for fun, and practice of Actual Arm and Wrist locks. The defensive moves are practiced in the same orders as in the three previous forms, but the directions have been changed. It is a more "martial" form and can really be more appreciated with some actual knowledge of the waza which are executed. 

On a non martial standpoint, its practice is also aimed at improving  spatial orientation.

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