The Cobra Unwinds

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Sequence 11: The Cobra Unwinds

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33. Leopard Stance

(Pao Shih)
Slowly transfer the weight of your body from your left leg to your right leg, and as you do so move both arms downward then upwards in front of your body, so that your right hand finishes in front of your left shoulder, with the palm inward. Your left hand should stop by your waistline just under your right elbow, with the left palm facing downwards.

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34. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Step forward a pace with your left foot, bending your left knee, putting the majority of your weight on to your left leg, and straightening your right leg. At the same time, swing your left arm forward and upward level with your shoulder, with the palm facing outward. Meanwhile, drop your right hand alongside your right thigh, with the palm facing down and the fingers pointing to your right.

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35. Cat Stance

(Mao Shih)
Transfer the weight of your body on to your right leg. Draw your left foot back, then raise the heel, keeping the toes on the floor. Then circle your arms in towards the centre line of your body, with your left arm bent across your front and your right arm fitting behind it forming a T' shape.

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36. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Bring the heel of your left foot to the ground and circle your right foot ninety degrees to the right (West). Place most of your body weight on to your right leg and bend your right knee. Adjust the angle of your left foot and straighten your left leg. Rotate your right wrist so that the palm faces upwards, and move your right arm so that it follows the arc of your right leg. Your left arm should follow in the wake of your right arm, and your left hand should stop just inside your right elbow.

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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