Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Empty Foot

This position is often illustrated and explained using positions such as White Crane Spreads it's Wings, which is a front suspended stance with the front of the foot on the ground and weightless, or Play the Chinese Guitar which has the front heel on the ground and weightless. However in my opinion "The Empty Foot " is best explained and illustrated in a movement such as Repulse the Monkey, right and left, where the entire front empty foot is on the ground.

This is more challenging than the empty suspended foot because with a toe or heel on the ground, albeit empty, the contact point of the foot is much more focused. In addition, the concept of the entire empty foot being on the ground goes to the much discussed interpretation of " What is a Ready Position " in Tai Chi?

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