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I've done a little bit of Yang Taiji, and I haven't seen anything there with the "exact movements" from Four Corners (the form that opens from a horse with a horeshoe kick, an outward block, and a finger strike) - but as I said, I've only done a little bit of Yang Taiji.
Lance, given that you've been able to fairly quickly video stuff and post it to the web, maybe you can do a quick video of the segment of Four Corners and the segment of the Taiji form that you're referring to as a reference? I'd recommend that you first ask Master Brown if he'd be okay with you filming a portion of one of the forms he taught you and making it publicly available, as some teachers are strictly against this practice, even for a short sequence from a form as opposed to the whole form. The Four Corners form that I know can be broken into 4 logical sections (the blocks and sweeps/kicks section, the block-punch-kick section, the one-legged section, and ~270 degree movements with outward blocks and seikans section). None of the Taiji that I've learned has any movements that match any of those segments very closely (again, my Yang experience is very limited).
Question for you. Where in the form (Yang long form) does this movement appear? Is it towards the end or in what I would call the third and final section?
If so, I believe it's called threading the shuttle or something like that.
The form that I do (classis 108 Yang style long form) is comprised of three separate forms that connect to make the long one. Each one is longer than and kind of builds on the skills learned in the previous one. In the third and longest section, the pattern is as follows;
Embrace Tiger, return to mountain
Part wild horses main (or something similar) ((done five times))
grasp sparrows tail
and then the movement in question which I believe is called "threading the shuttle"
Up until this movement, most, but not all, of the form is done in a back and forth (east and west) kind of pattern). This movement is done to the four corners of the room.
Step forward with the left foot, rising block with left hand and palm strike with the left, step behind with the right foot towards the corner to the left, unspin and rising block with the right hand and palm strike with the left. Step with the left foot towards the next corner (on the left) and rising block with the left hand, palm strike with the right. Step behind again with the right foot towards the last corner, unspin and rising block with the right and palm strike with the left.
In my experience, there are lots of iterations of Yang style long form tai chi. This may not be anything close to what you are looking for. But then again......
Let me know either way as I'm interested in the outcome of this discussion.
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