Hi Michael (from Michigan):
I support what Michael Coulon explained and think that part of the trouble you may be experiencing is in loose terminology that we all use.
Using other words to describe the same thing Michael did, the forward weight shift is split into two components. The first part coincides with flattening the left foot, rooting with it, and sweeping the left hand in front. The second part coincides with bending the left knee (which was naturally straight before); continuing the curve of the arm sweep leftward, down, and to the side of your hip; and squaring the shoulders to the front.
Does what Michael and I describe what you saw? This is what I saw consistently over the four days of the hand form at the Long Island Seminar, and even in Three Rings Circle the Moon in the sword form, where there is a similar move at the beginning.
[This message has been edited by Audi (edited 08-27-2001).]