'Strike Tiger'/'Yo-Tso Da Hui Shi'
You said<For quite a while, I have had a particular association with this principle that stems from the unusual movement that occurs in the Yang's form right after the second of the Strike Tigers. At this point in the form, I find that the actions of the two legs have an unusual relationship that, for me, has particular resonance for dividing up 'full and empty'.>Audi.
I share the same feeling concerning the uniqueness of this movement. I have always felt there was a different elemental aspect to this posture, but never realized what it was until lately when I began my study of emptying and filling in cross alignment.
This does not explain why this is so, it has simply confirmed to me that studying these patterns can help me to discover exceptions and discrepancies, which I may then (being aware of an exception)seek answers.Hopefully to better understand the deeper meanings within the posture. I am not saying that an exception is wrong,but rather that it is a sign there is some important piece of information to be sought within. In other words, there must be a reason why the masters have created an exception, and I am interested in knowing what that would be.
The outward pivotting of the foot left does not seem to reflect the way the lower body usually controls the upper body.
Usually the left lower foot would be goading the right arm into action until it became grounded, but in this case, it doesn't seem to be allowed to react in usual accordance.
Right after that foot pivot though, everything seems to resume 'normalcy' in the cross alignment sense...The right leg propulses the left arm into action(both yang) and the left foot is grounding while the right arm is supporting(both yin).
But then, in the final portion, right before 'Yo Deng Jiao' we are back to a contrary movement(to compensate for the initial change in the pattern- otherwise it would 'disturb' the rest of patterns within the form. Whoever made the initial exception, knew to calibrate all portions of the move to not disrupt the overall patterns of the form following.)...?
This contrary compensation seems to be when the right arm(crossing) and right leg(raising) are both seemingly yang and the left foot(grounded) and left arm(fixed/blocking) are both seemingly yin.
Then back to normal with the yin-yang-yang-yin in 'Tso deng Jiao.
Why this has been done is a mystery to me also.
As I mentioned before, I think this will be a great forum for discussion...I will work at it bit by bit, since there is so much to discuss. I am still contemplating the definitions of essentials in individual movements, interesting idea.
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 08-11-2003).]