I noticed in Tims translation of Sun Lu Tangs taiji book that Tim mentions that the form contains, among other things:
Defenses against a wrestling takedown
What postures are those techniques in?
(yes, I realize I am being lazy in that I could either sit down with the whole form and try and figure it out and/or get my wife's help with Sun's daughter's book which discusses the techniques---but my laziness is deeply rooted.)
thanks for whatever help anyone can be on this,
The transition from Parting the Wild Horses Mane to Press involves a double downward pull with both hands as the head rises upwards and forwards (a headbutt), it is identical to (and taken from) the headbutt technique in the Tai Bird form of Xingyiquan.
Section One of Pass Through the Back Three Times (page 113 in my translation) is a technique designed to stop a shot for a leg tackle (a single or double leg tackle). You move offline and push the opponent's head downward as you deflect his near side arm.
Thanks much Tim. The older I get the more I realize there is to learn in both traditional Chinese martial arts and in western martial arts. It is kind of humbling to realize...how little I actually know.
In any event thanks for your help.
Sometimes, when I read things like that, I wonder if I should be humbled by how much I know-but I'm not. It's just another aspect of my fascinating personality.