Lion Playing with the Ball

BASIC EXERCISE #3- SHI ZI WANNONG ZHI QUI- LION PLAYING WITH THE BALL

This is a practice, which has many variations within many styles of Chinese martial arts. It requires both internal and external principles.

This exercise starts with the practitioner standing in a comfortable horse stance, with the arms in front of the body and palms facing each other as though holding a ball.

The upper hand will come over the top of the sphere and descend downwards and forwards.

At the culmination of the forward motion the practitioner will touch an imaginary space in front of him with the tips of the fingers and the ridge of the palm. The term for this movement is “Tan Zhang” (probing palm).

The movement continues with the arm settling and the wrist dropping. The term for this is “Zou Wan” (sit wrist). The motion continues with the elbow of the penetrating arm sinking and covering the centerline of the body.