Wang Peishang on 7 Stars

Below is video clip of Wang Peishang discussing the 7 Stars posture in taiji:

After seeing this video, I was reminded of a conversation I had with another taiji buddy about the role of daoist cosmology in the sequence of the taiji long form.

He basically stated in the third section of the yang long form, the sequence of:

  1. Pat Wild Horses Mane
  2. Fair Maiden
  3. Cloud Hands

is executed in such a way to reference a daoist myth where a two lovers, a plowboy and a maiden, could only come together once a year. They were killed before their next meeting.

The plowboy represents the yang aspect with Part Wild Horses Mane and the maiden is the Yin aspect with Fair Maiden. They were able to join once, Cloud Hands, which represents the balance of Yin and Yang.

To me, this represents the “art” within martial arts.


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One Response to Wang Peishang on 7 Stars

  1. Wang is bringing out elements of structural relationships which are rarely expressed by Taiji teachers. Some of his insights are somewhat reminiscent of Hong Junsheng’s unique attention to detail on these relationships. Hong elaborated in great detail on the significance of separation of yin and yang, in all parts of the body, right vs left side, upper vs lower, and, as Wang has addressed here in relationships of wrist to ankle, shoulders to kua, elbow to knee, etc. Also similar to Hong, Wang discusses the importance of hand leading elbow, which then leads shoulder, as being critical to structure, moving from body outwards. Far from being simply aesthetic or philosophical observations, these perceptions of the role of the parts of the body are critical to the structure being capable of maximizing the path from the ground for optimal structure and leverage applied to the opponent. This is a valuable teaching video from this well respected teacher. It suggests that Wang, like Hong, devoted attention to the discovery of the deeper mechanics and practical applied values for higher level Taiji. In fact, the two teachers were friends, Hong being senior, of course. Wang can be seen along with other famous masters, joining Hong in a photo seen on this video clip:

    Thanks for sharing this gem.

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