<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Bob Ashmore:
<B>The White Crane Spreads Wings that he does is really fascinating.
I've been watching this quite closely, and I believe I'm correct in saying that he does what appears to be a right ward off then he turns to the left and makes an empty stance and finishes the WCSW's with a waist turn to the left.
I've run this through about ten times, at different WCSW's in his form too, and he appears to do this every time.
I've tried this, just to see how it would work, and I really like how it feels.
Anyone else notice this? Am I seeing this correctly?
Not that I am any expert on the form, but from my experience with this you are absolutely correct. The ward off right is actually the shoulder stroke, in which you would weight your right foot, lean in, and turn your body towards the right shoulder.
After that, you leave your right weighted foot where it is - turn the palm of your hand outward (the left hand stays more or less where it is) - step with your left foot into and empty stance, and then turn your waist towards the left, which brings the right hand up over your head. The only difficulty in this posture is that you have to keep your right knee over your right foot while you turn your waist to the front (left). This is where some people get into trouble because there knee ends up getting inside the foot which is bad form, and bad for the knee as well. A flexible waist is crucial to this posture. I hope that makes sense.