13 Yang style linear walking animals and 13 Standing gong practice.

Last edit- 3/5/2015

Here is a method of training we used to do at the Yongnian Taijiquan school in Richmond Virginia long ago. We did not call them “Animals”, I did some research on various Yang styles and found a VCD in Chinese (no English subtitles) and they used the linear walking forms, but called them “animal xing” (shapes). The VCD was on Yang Jianhou’s 13 animal shapes. In discussion with other folks, it has come to my awareness that Ginsoon in Boston teaches these Yang 13 animals but in a more “Hsingyiquan” type of way with stepping and speed.

Some of the lines I remember doing over the years are:

Prelim:
Walking without hand: forward (hands on tan tien), back (fists on kidneys), sideways.
With hand:
1. Forward moving gong bu with raise hands.
2. Sideways step with loosening/fly arms.

Core: performed on both sides for balance.
1. Part Horse Mane. Holding posture: white crane spread wings.
2. Brush knee. holding posture: Play pipa.
3. Guang Ping style Wind blows lotus leaves (half horse stance w/Spread wings). Hold: half horse.
4. Repulse monkey. hold posture: Slant fly.
5. Grasp bird Tail. Hold posture: An.
6. Cloud Hands. hold posture: single whip.
7. Separate Left and right foot. hold posture: double strike temples.
8. Snake Creeps down (Wu style variant). Hold: drop stance.
9. Rooster on one leg. Holding: rooster one leg.
10. Leg circles, Shaolin Stance, Heel kick lines. Hold: heel kick.
11. Fair Maiden plays shuttles (both Yang and Wu variations). Hold: shuttles.
12. Pull and Press/deflect and press. Hold: press.
13. Step, deflect, parry punch. Hold: punch.

As to how they were performed and what they looked like, that is for me to know and for you to find out. I’m pretty sure some of you have already learned many of these already.

The way I was taught was slow Taiji speed. The VCD from China however had a more different way of performing the animals not to the current Yang Family / Fu Zhong Wen style of the more standard “Da Jia” or “Large frame” style, but was more of Yang Jianhou’s older way of doing them. His way was both similar in appearance to both Chen and Wu (Quanyu) styles. I changed them here closer to the way I learned them and as we did them. The only part I included is adding more standing using the Taiji Wu Ji and Taiji Ma Pu stance holding to put in more holding posture time for the benefit of getting more gong training in. Our class was dedicated to do several of these Taiji walking forms as “Basics” or Jibengong. It is a lot of grinding, deep leg work, and most of the class time was done using these and the standing forms combined. Stretching is necessary before doing these. Be prepared to have sore legs in a good way if you put in the hard work.

13 Linear Animals
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13 Standing Gongs
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Combined 13 linear animal walking and standing gong

Essence standing: Each form starts with:
Wu Ji posture- take 3 breaths cycles (1 cycle = 1 inhale and 1 exhale to dan tien).
Next: widen stance, sink down, and bow the back, arms and legs for:
Taiji Ma pu- “Holding the One” posture with 3x breath cycle to dan tien.

Ending a Form: reverse from above.
Taiji Ma pu- “Holding the One” posture with 3x breath cycle to dan tien.
Next: close stance, rise up to Wuji posture. 3 x cycle breathing at Dan tien.

Basic without hand movement: Beginners should practice these movements without use of arms. place hands on tan tien.
1. Taiji walking forward.
2. Taiji walking backward.
3. Taiji walking sideways.

13 Animal linear forms
1. Horse Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, begin Taiji walking with Part horse mane repeatedly. Holding: use the Grasp bird tail postures (ward off, roll back, press, and push). Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

2. Lion Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, begin Brush knees repeatedly, Holding: Pipa (alternate left and right side).Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

3. Sparrow Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, repeat moving the through the Grasp bird tail postures both sides. Holding: after repeating them moving, end with holding Grasp bird Tail postures (Ward off, roll, back, press, push). Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

4. Dragon Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, walking through cloud hands 4x, Hold: Single whip, repeat clouds hands 4x, Hold: Single whip repeat. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

5. Monkey Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, Hold: Pipa (left or right), next move through Repulse monkey 5x, Hold: Slant flying. Repeat. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

6. Rooster Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, moving forward Rooster with slap kick (pai jao) repeatedly, Holding: Pluck-kick posture. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

7. Tiger Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, moving forward with Hit tigerrepeatedly. Hold: hit tiger. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

8. Snake Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, move through snake coils/holding ball method repeatedly, Holding: Shoulder Bump/strike. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

9. Phoenix Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, move though slanted flying (Wu style method) repeatedly. Holding: Slanted fly posture. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

10. Frog Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, repeat snake creeps down using the Swallow skims water method. Holding: pluck-kick. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

11. Crane Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, move through Fair maiden plays shuttles repeatedly. End with holding Grasp bird Tail postures (Ward off, roll, back, press, push). Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.
Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

12. Bear Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, repeatedly move through Single whip left and right sides (Yang Jianhou method), Holding: single whip. Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

13. Panther Xing- Start with both Essence standing postures, repeat the Double punch temples, chop with fist and parry-punch series both left and right sides. End with holding Grasp bird Tail postures (Ward off, roll, back, press, push). Finish with Essence standing: Taiji Mabu and Wuji postures.

standing postures information:
Cultivating the Chi- by Stuart Olsen
http://www.amazon.com/Cultivating-Chi-Secrets-Energy-Vitality/dp/0938045113

13 animals information:
Wang Dianzhen: “Yang Family Taijiquan of Yang Jianhou” set of VCDs:

Yang Family Taijiquan of Yang Jianhou set of VCDs.
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