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Instant Kungfu Lesson
Why is "Instant Kungfu" an oxymoron?
Because "Kungfu" means a skill developed with much time and effort.
This is an "instant" lesson -- but to understand it fully will take time and practice.

Ch'ang Style Tai Chi Ch'uan
The following is a short "crib sheet" for the movements in the Ch'ang Long Form.
This Tai Chi Ch'uan form is similar to the standardized "108 Movement" form, and is modified Yang Style Tai Chi.
The movement summary below is intended as a quick reference for OSU Shuai Chiao Kungfu Club students, not as a lesson in Ch'ang Style Tai Chi Ch'uan.

While nominally an "108" posture version of Tai Chi Ch'uan, the following reference expands some movements over multiple steps to make various hand movements and transitions clear and condenses repetitive motions.  Please follow the general flow, and do not worry about matching up particular numbers with the corresponding movements in the standardized Wu-Shu forms.  Ch'ang Style Tai Chi varies from the new Wu-Shu style in that there is much less "rocking" back and forth in the movements.  Grandmaster Ch'ang was concerned more with practical application than exercise, therefore, in Ch'ang Style the attention does not drift away from the imaginary opponent when transitioning into another posture.  The movement is consistent in direction, and the head and body do not turn back in an exaggerated fashion to follow the flow of the impending strike.  Remember to keep the gaze and focus constantly on the opponent.

General Hints for Tai Chi Ch'uan Practice:
Always be aware of your Center: you should feel solidly balanced in every movement, even during transitions.  The leg that steps out should almost always be "empty", with little or no weight, until it secures its place.  Then your weight should flow into it, "pouring" into the new position.  Avoid "double-weighting."  This means becoming too static, with equal weight in both legs, or, more commonly, putting weight into a leg when it is still in the air.  You should rarely have a "foot-fall" in Tai Chi Ch'uan.  The foot should be placed with little or no weight, then the practitioner  should sink the weight into it.

Section I ------------------------------------------------

1. Opening Posture
2. Slanting Flying to left
3. Grasp Bird's Tail sequence to right:
 a. Ward Off (Peng)
 b. Roll Back (Lu)
 c. Press Forward (Chi)
 d. Push (An)
4.  Double Pulling Hands (Horizontal Pulling)
5. Single Whip to left
6.  Defending hands (turning to right)
7.  Turn to left, Strike groin with wrist
White Crane Spreads Wings
9.  Brush Knee and Twist step to left
10. Strum the Lute
11. Brush Knee and Twist step (L,R,L)
12. Strum the Lute
13. Brush Knee to left
14. Deflect, parry, and Pull Punch
15. Close up
16. Cross Hands

Section II -------------------------------------------------

17. Carry the Tiger to right
18. Grasp Bird's Tail sequence to right:
 a. Ward Off (Peng)
 b. Roll Back (Lu)
 c. Press Forward (Chi)
 d. Push (An)
19. Double Pulling Hands
19. Single Whip
20. Fist under Elbow (press down)
Step Back and Repulse Monkey: right, left, right, left
22. Diagonal Slanting Flying to right
23. Defending Hands
Turn to left, Strike groin with wrist
White Crane Spreads Wings
26.  Brush Knee and Twist step to left
27. Needle at the bottom of the Sea
28. Fan Through Back
29. Snake Darts Out
30. Turn and Chop with Fist
31. Intercept Palm and Pull Down
32. Deflect and Parry
33. Brush Knee, Punch Groin
Grasp Bird's Tail sequence to right:
 a. Ward Off (Peng)
 b. Roll Back (Lu)
 c. Press Forward (Chi)
 d. Push (An)
35. Double Pulling Hands
36. Single Whip
37. Wave Hands Like Clouds (three times)
38. Single Whip
39. High Pat the Horse
40. Separate Feet, Kick with right foot
41. High Pat the Horse
42. Separate Feet, Kick with left foot
43. Pivot on right foot to your left
44. Kick with Left Sole
Brush Knee and Twist step, left, right
46. Step forward with left foot, Punch down while Blocking up
47. Turn to right and Chop with Fist
48. Step up, Intercept Palm and Punch with right fist
49. Cross Hands
50. Turn to right, Kick with Right Sole
51. Strike Tiger to left
52. Strike Tiger to right
53. Turn, Step up, Cross Hands
54. Kick with Right Sole, Knee Strike
55. Strike Ears with Fists
56. Step up, Kick with Left Sole
57. Pivot, Kick with Side Sole
58. Close up
59. Cross Hands
--------------------------- end of Section II  -- Section III to follow soon --

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