<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by JerryKarin:
<B>Yang Jun's reply:
If I were asked to select one move or set of moves as a way to introduce taiji to someone unfamiliar with it, personally I would select grasp the bird's tail. The reason is that, relatively speaking, grasp the bird's tail is not too complicated, it contains the basic footwork, torso techniques, and hand techniques, and in addition most people are able to perform it. If we discuss it from a deeper level of analysis, grasp the bird's tail contains the four types of energies: peng, lu, ji, and an. Moreover, the basic circling practice of push hands utilizes these same four types of energy. So this set of moves can help people who don't understand much about taijiquan to progress from the shallow to the more profound in their understanding of taijiquan.</B></font><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I would probably add the comment that the reason is as Jerry said, "Grasp Bird's Tail" (which is the homophone error of "lan que wei" which Wu Yu Xiang couldn't understand from the provincial Yang Lu Chan trying to say "lan cha yi")contains the 4 directions of peng jin... peng, lu, ji, and an. The posture/applications of "Grasp Sparrow's Tail" are themselves not as important as learning the 4 jins. And the 4 jins can be applied to any number of moves (in fact, all moves are comprised of peng, lu, ji, and an). Once you understand the 4 directions of jin, you understand the circle in the square and your foot is in the door for Taiji.