Mount the Wild Horse

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Sequence 21: Mount the Wild Horse

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66. Dog Stance

(Kou Shih)
Raise your right foot into the air, keeping your toes pulled back, but once your leg has stopped moving upwards drop your right toes forward. Curve your left arm towards yourself and stop it in front of your right chest; meanwhile your right arm slowly drops down in an arc until it is also in front of your right shoulder, and in front of your left hand.

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67. Riding Horse Stance

(Ch'i Ma Shih)
Turn ninety degrees to your right, swinging your right foot down on the same line as your left foot, but keeping both feet slightly more than a shoulder width apart. Correct the angle of your left foot, and bend both knees deeply. Let your right hand swing down in a curve until it is alongside your right thigh, with your right palm facing down to the floor. The left wrist rotates, and your left arm sweeps to your left, then circles round and swings back across the front of your chest until it stops in the centre line of the body, with your palm facing to the right (West).

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68. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Turn directly to your left so you face East once more, and then step one pace forward with your left foot, slightly diagonally to your left front. Transfer your body weight on to your left foot, bend your left knee, and straighten your right leg. As you turn, sweep your left hand outward and forward in a fairly large arc so that it finishes its movement in front of your left shoulder, fully extended, with the palm facing forward. The right hand swings to the left and upward with the movement of the body and the left hand, until it arrives on the inside of your left elbow.

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69. Cat Stance

(Mao Shih)
Move your body weight back on to your right leg, slightly bending the knee, at the same time sliding your left foot back towards your right foot. When the foot stops moving, raise the heel of the foot, keeping the toes on the floor. Meanwhile rotate your left wrist and circle your left hand inward, upward and slightly down, so that it ends up just above your waistline, with the palm facing the ceiling. The right hand moves back about two inches towards your chest.

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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