Audi: it's actually not the same picture. The picture you refer to can be seen here, and as you say, there is an opponent in the picture.http://www.chipellis.com/Pictures/comparitive-pics/yang_cheng_fu_single_whip_application_2_75.jpg
However, in the picture to which I have provided a link, there is no opponent and if you look at the picture to which you refer it is obvious that the other picture could not have been made by simply cutting the opponent out of the picture - otherwise his leg would still be visible at right, which it isn't. In fact, where that person's leg was in the other picture, the floor tiles are clearly visible. There is also quite a difference in the level of exposure between the photos. Otherwise, YFC's posture is so exactly the same that the only explanation must be that he actually held the posture for the photographer both with an opponent in the frame and without one and that both were taken more or less one after the other. Also, both are taken at very slightly different angles, if I am not mistaken. The tiles in the one with the opponent are at slightly more at an angle to the left. I believe this confirms that Yang Cheng Fu did indeed perform Tanbien with the right wrist more or les in line with the right ear late in life - interestingly enough, just as I have been taught it by Master Lu Jun Hai. Kind regards, Simon.
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Audi:
The picture of Yang Chengfu shown in Yang Zhenduo's 1997 book and in Yang Chengfu's the Essence and Applications of Taijiquan
shows the lower hand position. This is also the position shown in the drawings of Yang Chengfu in Jou Tsung Hwa's Tao of Tao-Chi Chuan
. I do not know the dates of these pictures, but they show a Yang Chengfu in his later years.
I also looked in Yang Shouzhong's (Yeung Sau Chung's) Practical Use of Tai Chi Chuan (Its Applications & Variations)
and see in Photo No. 2 on page 3 what looks like the source of the first picture you posted. This photo shows an application of Single Whip and appears to capture the moment just after Yang Chengfu has struck or pushed Yang Shouzhong, who is shown in the same picture leaning backward off balance with his right arm and fist flailing upward or with it deflected up and back. This interpretation seems consistent with the other pictures of applications shown in the book. If my theory is correct, the height of the right arm may simply be due to the aftereffects of Yang Chengfu's application and not intended as the true final point of Single Whip as executed in the form.
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