Origin of Tai Chi- 19. Moving Hands Like Clouds

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Once the move was called yuen shou, “Moving your hands.” But that did not sound very poetic and it was changed to yun shou, “Cloudlike hands.”

Your hands move like clouds on a breezy cloudy day; they are like fluffy white clouds turning as though they were round plates circling. Your hands make circles like clouds coming out or like an eagle circling lazily.

Turn from your waist first. It is the turning of the waist that makes the appearance of the hands circling sideways. The arms and hands circle simultaneously.

Feel the hands connected across your back as you move. Use your waist to move your arms, hands and fingers. Hand and arm movements should coordinate well and be very smooth and refined.

The training emphasizes the connection from the rooted (gen) foot, through the leg to the waist, then from the waist to the hands and the eyes.

Your eyes follow the movements of your hands: where your eyes go, there your spirit goes.

Close Reading:

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

This Tai Chi move was originally called “moving your hands” (yuen shou) but was changed to “Cloudlike hands” (yun shou) to sound more elegant.

You move your hands as if they were clouds moving by on a windy day. Your hands are soft as silk and turn in circles like plates turning in the air. Your hands turn in circles like clouds expanding and eagles gliding round and round.

You turn your arms by turning your waist. When you turn your waist your arms will follow. When you turn the waist first, it will look like your hands are circling horizontally. Your arms and hands always move together.

When you move your hands you should feel a connection throughout your back. Move you waist to move your arms, hands and fingers. Your arms and hands should flow in together like a well choreographed dance.

When you practice feel your weighted foot (gen), the foot that supports most your weight, connect to the leg and waist, and then to your hands and eyes.

Your eyes follow your hands. Your eyes connect to your spirit. What you look at your spirit feels.

Level 2: Explicating-

  1. State the main point.
    • Moving your hands like clouds connects you to your body and spirit.
  2. In other words….
    1. Practice cloud hands to flow and connect your energy to your body and spirit.
  3. For example…
    • When you practice cloud hands your can feel your energy move in your body and see your spirit flow.

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