Thank you for your reply.
I didn't need to ask my instructor, we were at class and one of the other students asked him to break down White Crane Spreads Wings before I could. So that worked out very well.
The way I understood it, you do both.
I'm still not entirely clear on the concept, but I'm working on it, slowly.
OK, here goes how I see it now, I'm sure my viewpoint will change after my instructor read this and goes "No, no, no" and retrains me on it, then it will continue to change as I progress and understand more, but as of right now this is how I think of it.
After the transition from Raise Hands, turn upper body (waist) slightly to the right, using the slight wait turn to draw your left leg in and turn your arms to the front, your energy should be gathered in your dantien (loading), step to the empty stance, root, and as your weight begins to go forward you "fan" your arms, using the slight waist turn going to the left and the weight going forward and the spiraling of your arms from the energy in your dantien to "fan".
I hope this makes sense? I may not be using the right terms, but this is how I see it.
The "energy in your waist" refers to the "loading" of your waist by keeping it tucked in and sinking your chest and opening your back, that you use as you go forward in Brush Knee and Twist Step, and many more forms.
Again, I'm not 100% certain of my words, but this is how my brain fathoms this movment so far.
We also got some different exercises that put a whole nother layer of complexity for me on White Crane Spreads Wings, and what looks to be a lot of other forms down the line.
A couple of us got given the assignment of doing White Crane Spreads Wings as a single form exercise, using a turm very similar to Turn Body Chop With Fist to turn ourselves around and do a mirror image of White Crane than how you do it in the form, left arm up, right leg forward.
That's really hard to do!!!
Especially as you turn around 180 degrees and do it like in the form on one side, then change position and you're opposite.
It's getting easier now that I've been practicing it a lot, but I still find myself standing there going, "Um....?" sometimes as I practice.
We also are doing Right Ward Off this way, too. That's not so hard as White Crane, except for the occaisional habit of doing a Left Ward Off when you go to the opposite side.
It's been very enlightening. It's showed me how much of a slave to habit I've become.
I think the idea of the exercise is to help us overcome the pre-inscribed movement patterns in the form as we begin to think about training push hands, which is what he told us we're working up to.
I can't wait.
I'll keep you posted on my progress with White Crane Spreads Wings as I learn more.