Fourth Section of Standard 24 Form Taijiquan (Yang Style) Movements 16 – 19

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Fourth Section of Standard 24 Form Taijiquan (Yang Style)
Movements 16 – 19

16. Snake Creeps Down, Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg

Variations of names for this movement include: Squat Down on Right Leg, Snake Creeps Down Left Leg: Crooked Whip to Right Side: Squat on Right, Climb Down Left; Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Left Down One-leg Stand, 下势 : Xia Shi : Snake Creeps Down, 左金鸡独立 : Zuo Jin Ji Du Li : Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg.

The Direction of Movement is reversed. Move backward from in a straight line from W9 in the direction of E3 (16a-16h). Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.

16a = 15g. Squat down and balance on right leg (16d-16e). Right arm draws back in single whip (16c), and right hand makes a beaked fist (16c). Extend left leg low to E3 (16e). Draw the left arm down along inside of left leg towards left ankle … the snake creeps down (16d-16e). Stand up on left leg (16f-16h). Draw right leg up until level with hip (16h). Right elbow is over right knee, right had pointing up (16h). This final posture, facing E3, is called “Golden Rooster Stands on Left Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone” (16h).
(16e) (16e) (16e) (16h)

17. Snake Creeps Down, Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg

Variations of names for this movement include: Squat Down on Left Leg, Snake Creeps Down Right Leg; Crooked Whip to the Left Side: Squat on Left, Climb Down Right; Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Right Down One-leg Stand, 势 : Xia Shi : Snake Creeps Down, 右金鸡独立 : You Jin Ji Du Li : Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg.

The general direction of movement is in a straight line from W9 towards E3 (17a-17h). Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.

17a = 16h. Squat down and balance on left leg (17d-17e). Left arm draws back in single whip, and left hand makes a beaked fist (17c). Extend right leg low to E3 (17d-17e). Draw the right arm down along inside of right leg towards ankle … the snake creeps down (17d-17e). Stand up on right leg (17g-17h). Draw left leg up until level with hip (17g-17h). Left elbow is over left knee, left had pointing up (17h). This final posture, facing E3, is called “Golden Rooster Stands on Right Leg, Golden Bird Standing Alone” (17h).
(17h) (17h) (17h)

18. Fair Lady Works the Shuttles

Variations of names for this movement include: Throwing the Loom to the Left Side and Right Side, Shuttle Back and Forth, Two Corners, Work at Shuttles on Both Sides, Jade Maiden Works the Shuttles, 玉女穿梭 : Yu Nu Chuan Suo : Fair Lady Works at Shuttles.

The general direction of movement is in a straight line from W9 towards E3 (18a-18m). Please study the recommended online videos to see how the series of postures in this particular movement are performed.


18a = 17h. From “Golden Rooster on Right Leg (18a) step left foot forward and diagonally (18b-18c), draw right foot to left foot (18e), step out with right foot diagonally to right (18f-18g). Raise right arm to block out above head (18g-18h), palm facing out. Left palm strike (18h). Right leg bow stance (18h).
Bring left leg up by right leg (18h-18j), and bring arms to chest (18i). Step diagonally to the left side with left foot (18k-18l). Raise left arm to block out above head, palm facing out (18k-18m). Right palm strike (18m). Left leg bow stance (18m).

Here is a description of how to perform Fair Lady Works the Shuttles (“Works at Shuttles”) (#18, 18a-18m) from the book ‘Tai Chi for Health: The 24 Simplified Forms” by Cheng Zhao and Don Zhao, p.126:

“Form 18. Fair Lady Works at Shuttles (Left and Right Sides.).
(1) Step forward on your left foot; shift your body weight onto the left leg (18b-18c). Draw you right foot forward in such that the toes touch the ground beside your left foot (18c-18d). At the same time, your arms hold a large ball in front of your chest with the left hand above the right (18e). Face NE2 (18e).
(2) Rotate your waist to the right and place your right foot forward with the right heel touching the ground first (18e-18f). Then shift 70% of your body weight onto the right leg and from a right bow stance (18h). At the same time, rotate the right arm up so the hand is level with your forehead and the palm faces out (18h). Face SE4 (18h). [Inhale 18e-18f, exhale 18g-18h.]
(3) Shift your body weight back to the left leg, and rotate your waist slightly to the right (18i-18j). Shift your body weight back to the right leg, drawing your left foot up to rest beside your right foot with the toes touching the ground (18j-18k). At the same time, both arms hold a large ball in front of your chest with the right hand above the left (18k). Face SE4 (18k).
(4) Rotate your waist to the left and place your left foot forward with the left heel touching the ground first (18l-18m). Then shift 70% of the body weight onto the front leg forming a left bow stance (18m). At the same time, rotate the left arm up so the hand is level with your forehead and the palm faces out (18l-18m). Face NE2 (18m).” [Inhale 18j-18k, and exhale 18l-18m.]
– Dr. Cheng Zhao
(18h) (18h) (18m) (18m)

19. Pick Up the Needle from the Bottom of the Sea

Variations of names for this movement include: Pick Up Needle from Bottom of the Sea, Needle at Bottom of the Sea, Find the Needle at the Sea Bottom, Reach for the Moon in the Lake, 海底针 : Hai Di Zhen : Needle at Sea Bottom.

The general direction of movement is in a straight line from W9 towards E3 in Movement #19.

From the last posture of “Fair Lady Works the Shuttles” (18m = 19a), begin by stepping forward a half step with the right leg (19a). The right hand moves back and up to the right (19a) until it is drawn up to around face level on the right side (19b). The left hand moves down in an arc until it comes to stop at about waist height over the left leg (19a-19b). Lift up the left leg and step forward a half step into a left toe stance (19b-19c). Settle the body weight into the right leg (19c). Reach down with the right hand, fingers pointing downward, until the right hand is below the waist. Face the body in the direction of E3 (19c). Inhale 19a-19b, exhale 19c.
(19a) (19a)

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