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CHEN STYLE “108”

as taught by Dr. Jay Dunbar

 

 

[Note:  Postures are numbered, and are usually not in quotation marks nor indented.  Transitions are usually in quotation marks and indented.  Some of the names are traditional (see Jou, The Dao of Taijiquan for the original list), but many have been devised in this school as learning aids.]

 

#        name                                                                            # in Jou

 

FIRST PASSAGE

1.         Start in Wuji

              “Jou Tsung Hwa, dui bu qi!”

2.         Beginning of Taijiquan  (Wuji to Taiji)                                                           [1]

              “Take Your Hands Out of Your Pockets”

3.         Potter Sits at the Wheel

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

4.         Ward Off R & L

              “Wind Blows the Water”

              “Rising Dragon Stretches Claws”

5.         Warrior Pounds Mortar                                                                                [2]

              “Hull Rice with Mortar & Pestle, c-clockw”

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

SECOND PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Warrior Pounds Mortar]

              “Hull Rice with Mortar & Pestle, clockw”

              “Zhuang Zi’s Shadow of a Bird in Flight”

              “Sun and Moon”

6.         Languidly Tucking Back the Robe (Ward Off R)                                           [3]

                 “Lai ba!  Cheng quan wo ba!”

                 (“Go ahead!  Make my day!”)

              “Tying the Strings of the Body Together”

7.         Rollback

8.         Press

              “Black Dragon Serves Tea”

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

9.         60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                               [4]

10.       Single Whip:                                                                                                 [5]

                 “1”: L hand reaches, R fingers to L elbow

                 “2”: R elbow to L fingers;

                 “3”: lift knee

                 “4”: heel to floor

                 “5”: fingers in crane’s beak, shoulder strike

                 “6”: thumb to solar plex

                 “7”: “Itsy-Bitsy  Spider” (fingers to armpit)

                 “8”: circulate to middleweight

                 “9”: draw a line

                 “10”: “danbian” (single whip)

              “Tying the Strings of the Body Together”

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

              “Wind Blows Water, L”

              “Rising Dragon Stretches Claws”

11.       Warrior Pounds Mortar                                                                                [6]

              “Hull Rice with Mortar & Pestle, c-clockw”

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

THIRD PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Warrior Pounds Mortar]

              “Hull Rice with Mortar & Pestle, clockw”

              “Shadow of a Bird in Flight”

              “Sun and Moon”

12.       White Crane Spreads Wings                                                                        [7]

              “The Old One-Two”

13.       Side Walk, Twist Step (“Big Eddy”)                                                             [8]

                 “1, 2”: the old one-two

                 “3”: lift knee

                 “4”: heel to floor

                 “5”: take a dive (brush knee, R fingers to jaw)

                 “6”: pick up stix (crane’s beak, R fingers to chin)

                 “7”: rise toward heaven (R hand to inside L elbow)

                 “8”: pull back straight

                 “9”: fault’s not mine (palms to sky)

                 “10”: in the pen (play pipa, or funnel down)

14.       Closing (“Harmless Little Bunny”)                                                                 [9]

15.       Gather and Spread                                                                                     [10]

              “Seaweed” (turn L: arms level, turn R: R hand curves down)

16.       White Crane Spreads Wings

17.       Side Walk, Twist Step (“Big Eddy #2,” see 13)                                          [11]

18.       Closing (“Harmless Little Bunny”)                                                               [12]

19.       Gather and Spread                                                                                     [13]

              “Turn to Wall,” “Hold Ball, Smear”

              “Deflect Downward,” “Intercept”


 

20.       Hidden Hand Punch                                                                                   [14]

              “Axis & Circumference” (L wrist X over R)

              “Split Right, Split Left”

              “Rising Dragon Stretches Claws”

21.       Warrior Pounds Mortar                                                                              [15]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

FOURTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Ma Bu]

22.       Receive from the Sky/Lift Cauldron

              “Shadow of a Bird in Flight”

23.       “Death Ground” (ref: Sun Zi, Chap. 11)

              “1”: “Draw Bow” mid-wt

              “2”: “Old-Time Boxer” back-wt (Split Open & Pummel)                          [16]

              “3”: “Subdue Tiger” mid-wt

              “4”: “Brush Knee” front-wt

              “5”: “One Up One Down” mid-wt

              “6”: “Turn to Front” back-wt

              “7”: Lean, Look Back, Fist Akimbo, front-wt                                           [17]

 

              “1”: “Back Fist to Rear” mid-wt

              “2”: “L Fist to Dantian” back-wt

              “3”: “Your Shoe’s Untied” front-wt

              “4”: Blue Dragon Emerges from the Flood

                      (“Hammer Fist” mid-wt)                                                                   [18]

              “5”: “Rollback” back-wt

              “6”: “Press” front-wt

              “7”: “Falling Petals” mid-wt.

            (Repeat “Death Ground” in mirror image)

              “Black Dragon Serves Tea” (left-wt, xu bu)

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

24.       Step & Push With Both Hands                                                                   [19]

25.       Three Changes of Palms                                                                             [20]

              “Sun and Moon”

26.       Fist Under Elbow                                                                                       [21]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

FIFTH PASSAGE

               Part A

            [Opening: Wuji to Duli Bu]

27.       Step Back and Coil Arms (L, R, L)                                                            [22]

              “Two Fishes Swimming”

28.       Step Back and Chop


 

29.       Backward (“Hug a Tree”) and

              Press Elbow (“Squid Squirts Ink”)                                                            [23]

30.       Middle Stage                                                                                             [24]

 

               Part B

              “Crane’s Beak Rising,” “Shadow of a Bird”

31.       White Crane Spreads Wings                                                                      [25]

32.       Side Walk, Twist Step (“Big Eddy #3,” see 13)                                          [26]

              “Safe”

 

               Part C

              “Gather & turn,” “Crossed-Wrists Press”

              “Gaze L, Look R” (“Zuo Gu, You Pan”)

              “Turn & Chop”

33.       Snake Sticks Out Tongue

              “Sack Over the Shoulder”

34.       Fan Through the Back                                                                                [27]

              “Close Up, Drop, and Intercept”

35.       Hidden Hand Punch (pull fist back)                                                             [28]

36.       Press (left-handed)

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

37.       Crane Stands on One Leg

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

38.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                             [29]

 

               Part D

39.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                                  [30]

40.       Cloud Hands                                                                                              [31]

41.       Gather and Spread

              “Turn to Wall”

42.       High Pat on Horse                                                                                      [32]

43.       Rollback

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

SIXTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Gen Bu]

44.       Press, cross step to “xie bu,”

45.       Rub Right Foot, to “xie bu,”                                                                       [33]

46.       Rub Left Foot                                                                                            [34]

47.       Turn, Tiger Shakes Left Paw Twice                                                            [35]

48.       Gather and Spread                                                                                     [36]

              “Seaweed”

              “Open Furnace Doors” (“Firecracker”)

              “Sun and Moon” (with fists)

49.       Hit Ground With Fist                                                                                  [37]

50.       Jump and Double Kick                                                                               [38]

              “Tiger Pulls Tablecloth”

51.       Gargoyles Guard the Temple                                                                      [39]

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

52.       Hurricane Kick                                                                                          [40]

53.       Receive From the Earth

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

SEVENTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Receive From the Earth]

54.       Tiger Shakes Right Paw Twice                                                                   [41]

              “Turn, Change Feet” “Intercept”

55.       Hidden Hand Punch                                                                                   [42]

              “Check, Step & Reach, Stretch”

56.       Small Catch and Hit                                                                                   [43]

57.       Seven Stars, Divide Over the Knee, Push Mountain                                    [44]

58.       Three Changes of the Palms                                                                       [45]

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

59.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                             [46]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

            (8th, 9th, and 10th Passages are

              “The Three-Panelled Screen”)

 

EIGHTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Gen Bu & 60/40]

60.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                                  [47]

              “Arms Turn Horizontally”

61.       Front Posture                                                                                             [48]

62.       Back Posture                                                                                             [49]

63.       Wild Horse Tosses Its Mane (L & R)                                                         [50]

              “Thousand-Pound Rock” (Mid, R, & L)

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

64.       Crane Stands on One Leg

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

65.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                             [51]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

NINTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Gen Bu & 60/40]

66.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                                  [52]

              “Trace the Taiji Diagram”

              “Sack Over the Shoulder”


 

67.       Shake Both Feet                                                                                        [53]

68.       Jade Maiden Slides the Shuttle                                                                   [54]

              “Up the Outside, Down the Inside,”

              “Spin,” “Cut at Waist Level”

69.       Languidly Tucking Back the Robe (Ward Off R)                                         [55]

              “Tying the Strings of the Body Together”

70.       Rollback

71.       Press

              “Black Dragon Serves Tea”

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

72.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                             [56]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

TENTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Gen Bu & 60/40]

73.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                                  [57]

74.       Cloud Hands                                                                                              [58]

75.       Sweep Leg and Cross Kick                                                                       [59]

76.       Scorpion

77.       Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (L & R)                                              [60]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

REPEAT: FIFTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Duli Bu]

78.       Step Back and Coil Arms (L, R, L)                                                          [61]

              “Two Fishes Swimming”

79.       Step Back and Chop

80.       Backward (“Hug a Tree”) and

              Press Elbow (“Squid Squirts Ink”)                                                       [62]

81.       Middle Stage                                                                                            [63]

              “Crane’s Beak Rising,” “Shadow of a Bird”

82.       White Crane Spreads Wings                                                                    [64]

83.       Side Walk, Twist Step (“Big Eddy #4,” see 13)                                      [65]

              “Safe,” gather & turn, “Crossed-Wrists Press”

              “Gaze L, Look R” (“Zuo Gu, You Pan”)

              “Turn & Chop”

84.       Snake Sticks Out Tongue

              “Sack Over the Shoulder”

85.       Fan Through Back                                                                                  [66]

              “Close Up, Drop, and Intercept”

86.       Hidden Hand Punch                                                                                [67]

87.       Press (left-handed)

              “Willow Droops Branches to the Stream”

88.       Crane Stands on One Leg

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

89.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                         [68]

90.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                               [69]

91.       Cloud Hands                                                                                            [70]

92.       Gather and Spread

              “Turn to Wall”

93.       High Pat on Horse                                                                                   [71]

94.       Rollback

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

ELEVENTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Gen Bu]

95.       Turn, Sun and Moon, Sweep Lotus                                                            [72]

96.       Three Jings:  “Split,” “Cannon Fists,”

              “Point (“Your Fly’s Open”) & Shoot”                                                       [73]

97.       White Ape Offers Fruit                                                                               [74]

              “Gaze Left, Stroke the Neck”

98.       60/40 (“Shut the Door”)                                                                             [75]

99.       Single Whip [see 10]                                                                                  [76]

              “Willow” clockwise to right backfist

100.     Dragon Returns to its Lair                                                                           [77]

101.     Step Up to Form 7 Stars of the Dipper                                                       [78]

              “Crossed-Wrists Press and Kick”

102.     Step Back to Ride Tiger                                                                             [79]

            [Closing: Taiji to Wuji]

 

TWELFTH PASSAGE

            [Opening: Wuji to Middle Stage, L arm top]

              “White Crane Spreads Wings”

103.     Hurricane Kick

104.     Turn and Sweep Lotus                                                                               [80]

105.     Cannon Fists (“Snow Shovel” 2x)                                                               [81]

              “Willow,” “Wind Blows Water,”

              “Rising Dragon Stretches Claws”

106.     Warrior Pounds Mortar                                                                              [82]

              “Hull Rice,” counter-clockwise

107.     Conclusion of Taijiquan (Taiji to Wuji)                                                        [83]

              “Xie xie nin, Zhang San Feng!”

108.     End in Wuji

 

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