Rock'n Motion front 1aRocking Motion front view

  • The practice of T’ai Chi Chih includes 19 movements, many of which are done with forward and backward weight shift. Rocking Motion is the first movement, which may be seen as a warming up as well as an important movement for observation of continuity and flow, moving the arms and lower body in unison. The front pose seen above is demonstrating how the practitioner, on the weight shift to the rear, balances the weight of the lower body on the heals, while slightly lifting the toes.
  • The following illustrations are meant to illustrate basics only. The drawings are designed to generally demonstrate the artist’s teaching points.


Rock'n Motion side 3Rocking Motion side view

  • Seen here is the side view of Rocking Motion as the knees bend, just as the back weight shift is completed. The complete movement of Rocking Motion can be done 9, 18 or 27 times, in multiples of 9.

Rock'g Motion side 4Rockin’g Motion side view

  • As the arms raise to chest height in the forward weight shift, the practitioner rises on the balls of the feet, lifting the heals. Seen is the point at which the weight shift trends to the ground on the beginning of the rear weight shift.

Daughter MT 1Daughter on the Mountain Top

  • Daughter of the Mountain Top, another example of forward and back weight shift , starts with the hands low, the palms facing forward. The practitioner begins each of these movements of forward weight shift by stepping out with the left foot, then moving with substantial left leg, slightly bent at the knee. The opposite leg, the unsubstantial leg, follows the move with unbent knee, with a slight lift of the heel.

Daughter MT 2Daughter on the Mountain Top

  • Notice how the unsubstantial leg is straight while the left leg, in forward weight shift, is bent at the knee, the foot flat. The arms have raised in an upward movement, crossing “praying” hands, right hand in front. This the point at which the yin and yang of leg movement shifts to the rear.

Carry the Ball 1Carry the Ball to the Side

  • Carry the Ball to the Side is the first sideways of the 19 movements, where the left foot steps out to the side, not forward, landing on the heel, then flattening. The arms wind up to the right (think of a golfer or ball player “winding up”) and the hands cup an imaginary ball. 

Carry the Ball 3Carry the Ball to the Side

  • In this Little Guy illustration we see a complete weight shift from right to left. The hands are cupping a ball, which symbolizes the all important polarity principle. In this weight shift the waist makes a complete 180 degree turn and the substantial leg bends as the movement circles back to the right. There are 3 each step out movements to the left and 3 step out movements to the right, each movement pausing for a rest.


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