Yang Style 48 with Sifu Amin Wu

By on 04/07/2015
Yang Style 48

Yang Style 48

 

This is the Yang Style 48 movements form played by Sifu Amin Wu.  Beautiful!  In fact, this is her most widely viewed video on Youtube with close to 500,000 views at the time of this posting.  That many people cannot be wrong – we watch her for a reason; because she plays all her tai chi forms so effortlessly, so fluid and graceful, that it is like watching a work of art just watching her performance.

Resources:

Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan
Fu Zhongwen, published 2012, 264 pages

Simplified Tai Chi Chuan: 24 Postures with Applications and Standard 48 Postures
Liang, Shou-Yu, Wu, Wen-Ching, published 2014, 336 pages

 


 

3 Comments

  1. Alex

    04/07/2015 at 10:17 am

    I’ve probably talked about this before and I don’t mean it as criticism but I am merely asking a question. Although the above Tai chi performance is quite beautiful and done with obvious mastery, I question the martial application of the moves and techniques. I am not a Tai Chi master, I have been studying Fu Jow Pai Kung Fu for 20 years and our Grandmaster taught us the Yang short form 18 years ago (he had first learned Yang style Tai Chi over 55 years ago and teaches it as a fighting system). I have been practicing it ever since and have fell in love with it’s dual simplicity and complexity. However, we learned it solely from a martial perspective. No thought was put in to emphasize grace but only martial application and how fluidity aids in the applications. So, my apologies but I may have a biased perspective as a Southern style Kung Fu practitioner.

    As one example, when she performs “cloud hands” her elbows are raised. I have physically demonstrated time and again how this weekend the technique. Although this may be common in practicing this form, it is a fact that the closer your elbows are to your core or center line, the stronger you are and the more you can generate. The farther the elbows are, the weaker and more vulnerable you are. From a purely martial perspective the raising of the elbows in the cloud hands makes no sense. From an aesthetic point of view yes, it looks prettier. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, I would like to hear an explanation on this and other seemingly non-martial aspects of the form from a Tai chi masters point of view.

    Thank you,
    Alex

    • Cathy

      04/07/2015 at 5:23 pm

      You post your question very logistically and respectfully – thank you. Me personally, I like tai qui for it’s meditative, calming yet invigorating, and healing properties it has on the mind and body. So Sifu’s application is exactly what i need. On the other hand, I totally understand the martial application of the moves and the proper form required either way. So let me invite others to reply to the martial application part of your question. Again, thank you for your respectful comment / criticism.

      • Alex

        04/07/2015 at 11:06 pm

        Tai Chi can and is both calming / meditative and martial. It can be both at the same time. Even a hard aggressive Kung Fu like Fu Jow Pai has both meditative and martial applications. Understand it wasn’t a criticism, I was posing, it was a question. I just wanted to illustrate what I see from the martial perspective and ask what the perspective is from the Tai Chi point of view. I love learning from all sources.

        Have you tried applying each individual move to see how the technique works against an real opponent? I do this in the classes that I teach and it’s a great way to view the form for its martial techniques and to look and study the actual physics behind moves. Then I can gain a deeper understanding of the form. I do this with all the forms Tai chi or Kung Fu to gain different levels knowledge.

        Thanks for your response.

I welcome your thoughts, insights or questions

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