Robi Sen has posted a video of RGY performing his Compact Cannon First (Er Lu) form. It was back in the year 2000 or so when I first a video of RGY doing taiji, chen taijii to be specific. He was doing a combined performance of laojia and xinjia elements and it was awesome. He had such low stances with thighs parallel to the ground that after seeing that performance, I knew that’s what I wanted to study, but unfortunately there were no chen taiji instructors in the area.
Not until 2005 or so did I really start appreciating his gonfu. I started to see beyond the low stances and focus on the subtle movements involving his kua. He wasn’t shift weight from leg to leg, but transferring from kua to kua, and you could definitely see the “folding” of the crease.
Ren Guangyi doing Xinjia elements in 2000
There’s actually quite a bit of discussion surrounding the kua lately. Internal Arts IA has graciously posted an interview with CZH that was 2 years in the making! Formosa Neijia has posted a series of articles on Song Kua that reminds me a bit of my thoughts on the relationship between the hips, torso and kua. Lots of good discussions and perspectives floating around so check em out 🙂