The Archer Prepares

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Sequence 20: The Archer Prepares

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63. Riding Horse Stance

(Ch'i Ma Shih)
Pivoting on your right foot, turn ninety degrees to the left, taking your left foot diagonally back and into line with your right foot, and bending the knees deeply with your weight evenly distributed on both legs. Meanwhile swing your arms in towards your body, crossing them in front of your chest, then slightly upwards until your wrists cross one another. Your left arm should be under your right arm, your left hand by your right jaw, and your right hand by your left jaw.

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64. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Arc your right hand outwards to a point in front of your right shoulder, almost extending the arm to its maximum. At the same time move your right foot a pace forward and shift your body weight on to your right leg, bending your right knee and straightening your left leg. Gently rotate your left hand and move it to a point just inside your right elbow.

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65. Cat Stance

(Mao Shih)
Transfer your body weight on to your left leg, bending your left knee. At the same time, slide your right foot back, and when the foot stops moving raise your right heel, but keep your right toes in contact with the floor. Move your left arm outwards and forwards, pushing with your left palm, and pull your right arm back, moving your right hand upwards to a position above your right ear with your right palm facing outward.

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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