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34 EXERCISES

14. BRUSH KNEE AND PUSH

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STAGE 1: SEATED

Consult the "seated stage" notes in posture 1 regarding sitting / chairs.

Begin with hands lightly resting on the thighs, palms down.

RIGHT SIDE

Inhale

Turn the torso to the right, raise the right arm diagonally to the rear of the right side of the body. The right palm is facing up (as if feeding a horse or your right shoulder). Gaze at your right hand. Lift the left hand diagonally across the body to a point above the right shoulder (a little way in front of your face), palm facing to the rear right, then turn the palm down and lightly brush the right shoulder.

Exhale

The left hand, palm down, finishes brushing the right shoulder and moves to the front of the body as your torso turns to the front. The left hand approaches the left knee and the right arm bends, palm down, and snakes over the right shoulder towards the front then travels forwards, the palm facing forward. By this time the left hand has brushed the left knee. The right hand finishes up in the centre of the body, chest height, palm facing away from the body as if pushing something. The left hand has come to rest close to the outside of the left knee as if patting a dog.

LEFT SIDE

From the previous position, raise the left arm to the rear left as you turn the torso to the left to move into the "feeding the horse over the shoulder" position on the left side. Then mirror the right side movements from the left.

Repeat several times.

Consult the "important points" in exercise one regarding "moving in water".

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STAGE 2: STANDING STATIC

Stand with feet at shoulder width and parallel, toes facing directly forward. Legs should be straight with Knees slightly bent.

Perform the torso movements as in the seated stage while keeping the lower half of the body - including the hips - still. Only move the arms and torso.

You cannot actually "brush" the knees in this stage, as the legs remain straight.

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STAGE 3: STANDING WITH FOOTWORK

METHOD 1: "SMALL STEPPING"

Refer to the "Small Stepping" directions in the footwork section.

METHOD 2: "LUNGING BOW POSTURE"

Refer to the "Lunging-Bow" directions in the footwork section

APPLICATION

Applying the footwork to the posture:-

Stand with feet at shoulder width and parallel, toes facing directly forward. Legs should be straight with Knees slightly bent.

Perform the torso movements as in the standing static stage with these additional steps:-

As we brush the left knee we step forward with the left foot (you do not actually have to touch your knee, simply raise your leg as far as comfortable). As we feed the horse over the left shoulder we bring the left leg back under the body. As we brush the right knee we step forward with the right foot, then as we feed the horse over the right shoulder we bring the right leg back under the body.


NOTES

Brush Knee And Push posture is taken from the traditional Yang style Tai Chi form.

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