Long Form | Section 3

Lesson 17

Step Up, Punch Forward, Ward Off Right, Grasping Sparrow’s Tail, Single Whip

(Step Up, Punch Forward) Hold your balance on the left leg. Place the right hand at your chest into a similar play guitar position. Sink your center down your left leg to step diagonal with your right with the foot outward into a diagonal position to the right. Sink low to brush the right knee with your right hand and press down with the left hand. Your right knee should be between your hands, so your hands are placed parallel to the knee.

Stay low, look straight ahead (east), advance forward and step long with the left leg. Brush the left knee with left hand followed with a vertical long punch with the right fist.

Place your left hand on top of your right shoulder. Draw your hips back and pull your right fist to the right side of your head to block. The left palm should float down in front of your center protecting the groin.

Drop your right hand down over the left hand and hold the Qi ball. Turn your left hip and foot outward 45°, meanwhile shift into your middle position while separating your hands. The right hand is lower by your right thigh and your left hand and arm is higher up level with the left shoulder. Advance 99.9% onto your left leg into the diagonal ward-off (Slanting Flying).

(Ward Off Right, Grasping Sparrow’s Tail, Single Whip) (Ward Off) Sweep the right hand slight left (short block) and lift the right heel (keep the knee right pointing directly east).

Step forward (east) with the right foot, hold the Qi ball transition and shift your center of gravity to the middle. Square the hips and continue to shift your center of gravity 90% forward.

Raise both hands up in front of your chest with the left palm facing behind the right palm then, finish by turning the left foot in 45°. [Pause]

(Roll Back) Raise the right arm parallel to the left arm. Softly flip the left palm up then bring the left hand to your waist. Slowly draw both hips back and turn the hips slightly to the left. [Mini Pause]

(Press) Square the hips and set the hands together with the left palm pressing the right palm. Shift your center of gravity forward. [Mini Pause]

(Retreat) Equally separate the hands apart at shoulders width and shoulders height. Set the hips equally back again and float the hands down toward the hips [Mini Pause]

(Push) Place the hands in front of your chest and shift your body forward 80-90% forward. [Pause]

(Grasping Sparrow’s Tail Single Whip) Place the left hand under the right elbow. Set both hips further back and turn the right foot inward (pigeon toed transition) then move both hands 360° counter clockwise full circle with the hips. Shift your center of gravity as needed from left to the right hip & leg.

Push right palm out to the right and grasp the fingertips together striking with the back of right hand.
Look left 180°, drop the left elbow and turn the left palm up (fingers pointing upward). Lift the left heel open the left knee out, pivot your center 180° west to the left side. Step with the left foot square the hips and push with the left hand, shifting forward 99.9% Turn right foot inward 45°. [Pause]