Tai Chi Turn & Kick sequence
This is Section 80 up to Section 81-4
This animated short sequence provides HOW-TO-HELP by linking together the Tai Chi form-images, illustrating how this section should be done correctly.
FOOTWORK MAP of this Section
(A) Facing toward the right, standing on the right leg.
(B) Although this part of the form is not using a kick, here is the TURNING POINT, crossing the arms at chest height, we turn CLOCKWISE, pushing off with the left foot, turning on the ball of the right foot, using it as a swivel point, with the left foot/leg as a swinging weight. This sequence forms a fully turned circle.
During this next sequence the right foots instep is to kick across/horizontally, from left to right, at chest height, while the arms are held out in front with the palms open-facing the left side-fingers pointing forward, the top of the toes area (instep) is to flip across & touch the fingers in rapid succession - making a double TAP - TAP noise, these TAP noises should be about a 1/2 second apart.
This kick is formed by bringing/raising the right knee across toward the left side. As the leg straightens to kick across with the foot-instep at chest height, the arms are held out in front with the palms open-facing the left side-fingers pointing forward, the top of the toes area is to flip across & touch both hands fingers in rapid succession - making the TAP - TAP noise mentioned above.
(D) Recovering the horizontal shaped kick at the right side, step onto the right foot. Your weight is now to be evenly distributed between both feet. Turning the body slightly to the right, both arms swing down to the right side & move round behind. Stepping onto the right leg, form fists with both hands & make straight punches forward at chest & head height.