The Double Whip

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Sequence 10: The Double Whip

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31. Snake Stance

(She Shih)
Transfer part of your body weight on to your right leg, and draw your left foot back slightly. When the movement is completed, your body weight should be evenly distributed on both legs. Move your arms downwards, then upwards, in a wide circular action, bringing the right arm fully stretched above your right shoulder, with the fingers pointing straight up to the ceiling. The left hand only makes a half circle, downwards and then upwards towards your right armpit, and, having arrived there, the left fingers point upwards and the left palm faces outward (South).

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32. Leopard Stance

(Pao Shih)
Turn your body ninety degrees to your right (South) and move your left foot about six inches to your left, placing the majority of your weight on to it. At the same time bend your left knee and adjust your right foot. Circle both arms downwards and then outwards, until they are on a level with your shoulders, with both hands and fingers pointing upwards. Turn your head so that you look to your right (West).

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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