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05-23-2005, 11:17 AM
I practice the 32 forms for Jian, and have some recordings of the Yang family Jian forms. There is a good bit of overlap, but one feature of the Yang family set is an odd-looking (to my eyes, of course) waddling sort of stepping, no more than a foot length at a time. This stepping turns up in other Tai Chi demonstrations I've seen. Does anybody know what this sort of stepping is called, and what its significance might be?

Thanks, Bill T.

05-23-2005, 11:37 AM

In almost all instances, much of stepping matches the Yang form.
The 32 form is an adaption (Beijing PE) and as such does take some liberties with minor stepping movements. As example 'pointing' with feet together mimcks sea bottom movement (in some 'old' Yang forms and Wu variations) so it seems it was added to the jian as a way to integrate some movements.