The Playful Dog

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Sequence 18: The Playful Dog

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55. Cat Stance

(Mao Shih)
Transfer your weight on to your right leg and turn ninety degrees to your left (East). During this motion draw your left foot back and raise your left heel, keeping your left toes on the floor. Bend both arms, and swing your right arm in a big circle as you turn. Your left arm should make a smaller circle towards the right, until it arrives by the side of your right elbow.

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56. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Move your left leg forward and place your body weight on to it, whilst you bend the left knee and straighten your right leg. Rotate both wrists and turn your palms towards you, then swing both arms outwards and then inwards so that your left palm faces right (South) and your right palm faces to your left (North). Now let your left hand push directly to the right, so that your wrist and hand go beyond the right side of your right arm. Complete the circle of your right hand so that your right palm faces forward (East), then extend your right arm on a level with your shoulder, pushing with your hand. You will notice that your right arm passes over your left wrist and behind your left hand.

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57. Dog Stance

(Kou Shih)
Move your weight back on to your right leg, slightly bending the right knee. Raise your left leg forwards and up into the air, pointing the left toes directly upwards. Once the leg stops moving, drop your left toes forward. Lower your left hand, then move it to the left and upwards until it is above your left knee, with your left arm on a level with your shoulders and the left palm facing forward. Circle your right hand back, outwards and up to a position just above your right ear, with the palm facing outward.

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58. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Place your left foot on the floor, bending your left knee as you put your body weight down, and straighten your right leg. Rotate your right wrist so that the right palm faces your right cheek, and fully extend your right arm directly forward on a level with your shoulder. Your left arm should be brought back so that your left hand is alongside your right elbow.

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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