Last night, I was doing taiji in my bedroom. There’s not a huge amount of space, but enough to play a bit. If I had to guesstimate, I’d say there’s probably maybe 4-5 low stance widths of room on the diagonal. As such, it’s very difficult to do a form in a low stance in this area. I was feeling a bit sleepy and tired last night so decided to play the 24 form, but this time, I told myself I would do the WHOLE FORM without adjustment to angles in this area.
Doing the whole form in this area meant I had to take a higher stance, a much higher stance than what I used to normally practice. To my surprise, I found it quite difficult to try and do taiji at this height. Sure, I didn’t feel any burn or pain in the thighs, but I had A LOT of issues with timing. By timing, I’m referring to coordination of upper and lower body. For example, in doing ‘part wild horse’s mane’, I found that I had completed shifting weight while my arms were still moving! It was much easier to coordinate the timing when I did a lower stance because I had more ‘time’ to work with. But now, there is little room for error and the precision is tighter.
Ya learn something new every day .. 🙂