Hi Jerry Karin,
It is good to have the Master call-out while the group performing together. This makes the entire
group in unison and it will help the performers to concentrate on each moves. Here in Malaysia,
we do practice with the call-out or call-out with background music. Most of the curriculum when we practice,
the hand-form103, 67 sword or the 13 saber, we have the call-out. This again will help the performer to relaxed
down as they move along and the mind are more alert to every moves.
I notice on your recording of Master Yang Zhenduo having an extra call-out on 上步揽雀尾 - 左掤，
右掤，捋， 挤，and 按。In every call-out from Ban Lan Chui to the Shang Bu - Lan Que Wei,
Master Yang always remind the practitioners on the miss-out transition of Zuo Peng
to You Peng. In fact, it is good to locate and call-out from left to right Peng. I like it in a way he remind
us in the transition movement. On the saber, Master Yang did a lot of large movements call-out, where the
Yu Nu Chuan Suo Ba Fang Shi 玉女穿梭八方势, he again remind us that the saber should separated out in a rounded form.
Having a lot of sub-movements like 转身 (Zhuan Shen) turning the body around, 跨虎刀 (Kua Hu Dao) Straddle Tiger with Saber,
环刀 (Dao) separated out in a circular motion and back towards the body in a horizontal circle , sometimes we call it as sharpening
the blade in a rounded form.
Mr Jerry Karin, do you happen to have any recording on Master Yang Zhenduo call-out the sword form? If yes, can you
possibly upload it so that we can share by learning from Master Yang calling out. We would like to take a look at the differences of call-out
by great masters. As the old Chinese say, "ones learn until he/she gets old". We said that by learning throughout the entire life,
we have knowledge until the end of our time (old age) equal to wisdom.
Yes, you are right Mr Jerry Karin, Master Yang seem to call-out his form in a way similar to the Chinese Opera.
It is also very similar to the marching formation, as an officer giving out command. You can see the entire group doing one formation
as in one command. Similar to Tai-Chi, where we have to be in unison when we move around.
Anyway, Mr Jerry Karin thanks for your upload, we enjoy very much the call-out from Master Yang Zhenduo.
Compliments of the Season and I wish you all the Tai-Chi practitioners good health, great happiness for the new year and
Happy Chinese New Year to the Chinese community and All the Best.
With warmest regards,
Wu Jin Hua