At a recent Dalu Workshop co-sponsored by Wu Wei Tai Chi and Fair Trade Tai Chi, Stephen spoke about the architecture of the Form using his hand as a mnemonic device. Workshop participants asked us to create a one-pager as a take-away and wanted to also share it with you! Your comments and questions are welcome and we hope you also find this mnemonic useful.
Professor Cheng, when writing about the Tai Chi form says, "Generally, each string is followed by the three techniques of Push Hands. The rest of the postures are like this, so prepare in advance." Here, he is talking about the architecture of the form. The form has four Grasp Sparrows Tail segments and five Single Whips (SW). The SW’s divide the form into six sections. Each section has a unique area of concentration. Here is a fun and easy mnemonic for these sections.