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The Movement I'm About to Teach You

The Movement I'm About to Teach You

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The movement I'm about to teach you is a simplifiedversion of Tai Chi's
Lifting Water 
pattern.
This pattern is oneof the simplest Tai Chi movements, as it involves no torsomovement or weight shifting. It is completely done with thearms. Because this pattern is done with just the arms, it issometimes called
Raise Hands
or
Lift Arms.
It's also sometimescalled
Tai Chi Commencement 
, as it usually is the first patternfound in longer Tai Chi sets.We prefer the name
Lifting Water,
which has been said to be theoriginal Shaolin Kung-fu name for the movement. We've heardthat in the Shaolin Temple, this arm-lifting exercise was practicedholding jugs of water as an early form of strength training. In"kinesthetic" Tai Chi, however, the emphasis is not on strengthper se, but on relaxed movement using deeper layer muscles.
Tai Chi's Lifting Water - The Visual Approach
First, here are some simple visual instructions on how to performthis movement.
Lifting Water 
uses continuous movement. Use thestep-by-step photos to help you understand the basics, butrealize that the still photos are not stopping points in the motion,since the motion should be continuous and "flow".
 
Step 1: Stand in a comfortable stance with some distancebetween your feet. Your arms should be at your sides, with yourelbows turned out slightly.
 
Step 2: Inhale and lift up your arms slowly, until your hands aresomewhere between chest and shoulder height.

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