Origin of Tai Chi: 10. Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain

Reading:

The name refers to the spirit of the move; you are prepared to face a tiger. Your opponent is like a tiger. You can get rid of him by throwing him away or just pushing him away. (tui san, to push away; tui show, push hands)

The old name for this move was bao tou tui shan, “Carry the head and push the Mountain.” When your opponent attacks you, carry his head in your hands, then push the mountain of the attacker away. But mountains cannot be pushed, so the name was changed to, “Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain.”

Close Reading:

Level 1: Paraphrasing- State in your own words the meaning of each sentence.

This Tai Chi move refers to how you use your will to direct your energy to complete the move just like you would when facing a tiger. Your opponent is the tiger. You stop your opponent by either tossing them aside or by pushing them back. Tui san means to push away. Tui show means push hands.

The ancient name for this move was bao tou tui shan, “Carry the head and push the Mountain.” This means to metaphorically first get your opponent’s head in your hands, then push their mountain (body) away from you. In reality you can’t push a mountain. So the name was changed to “Carry the Tiger Back to the Mountain.”


Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    • This Tai Chi move refers to how you use your will to direct your energy to stop your opponent by either tossing them aside or by pushing them back.
  2. In other words….
    • “Carry the head and push the Mountain” is a Ta chi move to defend yourself from attack.
  3. For example…
    • When you are able to willfully flow with your energy as you complete this move, you will be able to stop an attacker and push them away.


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