A friend of mine once told me about something he heard from one of Fong Ha’s seminar in which he discussed the concept of “hotel taiji”. Basically, it’s a terminology used to define a small number of movements that could be done in the confines of a small space (Kinda like my previous post on being able to do the form in the space of a cow sleeping). Anyhoo, FH used the beginning sequence of the yang long form up to the single whip. This ends up being:
- Ward Left
- Ward Right
- Roll Back
- Single Whip
If you start facing north, you will end this sequence facing west. Rinse, repeat until you’re back to north. This creates a little square and I feel quite an easy way to get some decent training during a small block of time. I did the square sequence yesterday for the yang form in the hot sun over the shade and it was quite refreshing.