“Grasp Sparrow Tail” (Lan Que Wei) is a sequence of postures that recurs 8 times total during the entire 154 posture, Wudangshan 108 Taijiquan Form, the most repeated sequence of any group of postures in this Form. It is comprised of 4 separate postures: Ward Off, Rollback, Press and Push (Peng, Lu, Ji, An), or 4 of the all-important 8 Gates above the waist, making this sequence even more important for students to understand. Cross Hands (Shi Zi Shou) is repeated 3 times, and Close (He Taiji) bring the Form to its final posture. In total this entire sequence of 39 repeated postures comprises one fourth of all the postures of Wudangshan 108 Taijiquan; a number that fits with most of the popular “short” Forms developed in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Many of you referred to our written instructions during your early days of learning form or snuck a peak once in a while to remember exactly what you do on which counts!
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Take a moment to review this new edition of instructions. It is clear and concise as well as up to date on new counts for the postures.
You may note that Single Whip is missing from this instruction set. Keep an eye out for the new and improved instruction set for Single Whip and Cross Hands that will be coming out soon! No need to wait in line - we'll post the new version online for your convenience!!