Variable Easy (Sun Style) Tai Chi for Health

A new simplified system of variable length Tai Chi exercise for health

Variable Easy Tai Chi for  Health

                  VETCH

 Variable Easy Tai Chi for Health ( 2013 version) Leftward, Rightward, Frontward directions fixed as  at start       

Beginning  movements:

 From the empty posture raise both hands, then lower hands and posture.

 

 

The three basic movements  Water Phase, Wood phase, and Fire phase.

Each of these have a sitting variation

 

 

 

 

Water phase cycle 

 

Lift right hand, and glide up right for White Crane Spreads its Wings

Return feet for Open hands, close hands,

Single Whip stepping rightward looking leftward, close right foot and hand.

Cloud Hands three times stepping rightward 1.2.3.

 

Lift left hand, and glide up left for White Crane Spreads its Wings.

Return feet for Open hands, close hands,

Single Whip stepping leftward looking rightward, close left foot and hand

Clouds Hands, three times stepping leftward 1.2.3.

 

Comments:  The white crane is a bird of the Chinese wetlands and associated with water, Since the movement  is repeated often in a cycle and involves a forward movement  a backward return of the feet is required to prevent a forward migration.  Rain water comes from clouds and Cloud hands movements are similar to the whirlpools and eddies in a river.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH3DTmY8wzU

 

 


Wood phase cycle 

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands 

Turn rightward to Brush over right Knee, and press with Reverse Step.

Play the Pipa. Twist Steps and Thrust Hands, left hand, then right hand.

Glide up right Trap right and Punch left fist

Apparent Closing, Embrace the Tiger and Push the Mountain

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Turn leftward to Brush over left Knee and press  with Reverse Step.

Play the Pipa. Twist steps and thrust hands, right then left.

Glide up left Trapping left and Punch right fist

Apparent Closing, Embrace the Tiger and Push the Mountain

 

Comments:  The wood phase represents aggressive horizontal expansion  as plants and trees struggle to spread..

Brush over knee and press also thrusting hands  and punch are typical expressions of horizontal aggression.

Reverse step means step with rear or following foot, needed to give body momentum to the press.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD8yNWEYjWY

 

 

 

Fire  phase cycle

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Raise arms, Look rightward for Through the Back with right hand

Fair Lady Works Shuttles, Left hand. Pressing right hand with reverse step. Repeat right hand

Pull back and Not Bothering to Tie Coat right

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands.

Raise arms, Look leftward for Through the back with left hand

Fair Lady Works Shuttles. Right hand. Pressing left hand with reverse step. Repeat left hand

Pull back and Not Bothering to Tie Coat left.

 

Comments:  The direction for fire is upwards and the cycle starts with two raised arms, then continues with

The upward movements of through the back and fair lady weaves shuttles

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noVPUuBvfTo

 

 

The two advanced movements  Earth  Phase, and Metal phase, are not normally practiced by special groups

So at the moment do not have sitting variations. Their main use is for those wishing to progress a bit further to prepare to start learning  the classical 97 routine/

 

 

 

Earth phase cycle

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Single Whip stepping rightward looking leftward

Glide up rightward for Fist Under Elbow

Glide down for High Pat the Horse with right hand

Walk back right foot and turn leftward to Repulse the Monkey, pressing reverse step

Diagonal Single Whip stepping left foot then close with left foot.

Part the Horse’s Mane in two diagonal directions, stepping left foot, then right foot

Step up left circling arms.

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Single Whip stepping leftward looking rightward.

Glide up leftward for Fist Under Elbow.

Glide down to High Pat the Horse with left hand. .

Walk back left foot and turn rightward to Repulse the Monkey, pressing reverse step.

Diagonal Single Whip stepping right foot then close right foot.

Part the Horse’s Mane in two diagonal directions, stepping right foot, then left foot

Step up right circling arms.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzDbAjnJVYw

 

 

 

 

                
Metal phase cycle 

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Single Whip stepping rightward looking leftward

Turn rightward to glide up with Seven Stars. (cross left under right)

Glide down to Reach for Needle at Sea Bottom with left hand

Through the Back in two directions. Right hand, turn leftward, left hand

Raise arms and double pull back walking back left leg. Close with right foot

Step Up right foot with Double Punch (knuckles down)

Play with chi ball, turn frontward, cross wrists and Slapping Lotus Kick with right foot.

 

Face frontward for Open hands, Close hands

Single Whip stepping leftward looking rightward

Turn leftward to glide up with Seven Stars, (cross right under left).

Glide down to Reach for Needle at Sea Bottom with right hand

Through the Back in two directions. Left hand, turn rightward, right hand

Raise arms and double pull back walking back with right leg. Close with left foot

Step Up left with Double Punch (knuckles down)

Play with chi ball, turn frontward, cross wrists and Slapping Lotus Kick with left foot

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOLy8cu9QiI

 

 

 

Ending Movements  Whether  practicing a single phase, or a series of phases we end with the following movements. Note there is also a beginning movement to use at the beginning  of practice.

 

Face frontward for Open hands Close hands

Raise right leg & Raise left leg

Rooster Stands on One Leg, left leg then right leg

Step up right foot with Double Crushing Fists

Walk down right foot with Yin and Yang unified

Close left foot, and rise again to the empty posture

VETCH Video’s

The VETCH copyright covers the use of the small cycle method for any Sun Style Tai Chi movements. The current selection below may be changed from time to time and updating may be made if changes are required by physiotherapists to keep the  exercise fit for purpose etc.  Below is shown what is taught currently.

 

Note:  To teach it you need a license from the copyright holder, but for an individual to study the video’s for self practice there are no restrictions