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Depth and variety
The student must explore the nuances, varieties, possibilities and options presented by combining all known skills.
A whole series of weapons forms are taught; each providing new insights and building upon the existing foundation.
Footwork will improve, martial awareness, competence and diversity.
Nothing is arbitrary or unrelated.
No more standing
Once the student has learned the final weapons form they can cease standing qigong altogether if they want to.
Moving qigong exercises are not an impediment.
Prolonged standing may hinder higher levels of mobility with form.
Static standing is optional since much greater benefits can be gained through whole-body movement.
The fourth grade includes the following material:
Form (regular & mirrored)
Straight sword form (regular & mirrored)
Walking stick form (regular & mirrored)
5 elements striking
5 pre-emptive methods
6 balanced pairs
Balance, rhythm, timing
Becoming the centre
Being in the back
Dividing the muscle
First hand/second hand
Hidden power (an jing)
Large rhythm, small rhythm
Leverage principles (misplacing the bones)
Shih (martial advantage)
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18 April 1995
Last updated 27 April 2017