Laojia Yilu: Rest of Section 3

I left off with the double jump kick, Ti Er Qi, but before I move on, I found some more supporting video by Master Gohring for the double jump kick, Ti Er Qi.


Now moving on: Protect the Heart, Hu Xin Quan (more literally, fist protects the heart). This move occurs in the Chen 38 (short form) and Laojia Erlu as well as in Laojia Yilu, and it’s a little different in each. What is in common is the backfist with the right, the pull-down with the left, and the fajin. Here’s some great instruction for Hu Xin Quan in Laojia Yilu:


Here is the Ti Er Qi/Hu Xin Quan sequence:


Next up is the tornado kick. Xuan is loop, circle or whirl. Feng is wind. Whirling wind kick (or foot). For us Texans, whirling wind brings to mind a tornado, so we call it a tornado kick. Here is the instruction:


More explanation of Xuan Deng Jiao:


The tornado kick is followed by a repeat of Deng Yi Gen, this time on the right and Yan Shou Gong Quan. So this whole section goes as follows:

Protect the Heart (Hu Xin Quan)
Tornado Kick (Xuan Deng Jiao)
Right Side Kick (You Deng Yi Gen) (pronounced dung ee gun, by the way)
Hidden Hand Punch (Yan Shou Gong Quan)

Finally, as a little video bonus, here is a more general bit of instruction about the Chen-style stance. It took me a while to figure out how to protect my knees while doing Chen, and this is a great summary that I will do well to study again.


Laojia Yilu Continued

We’d gotten up to the first Hidden Hand Punch. The next thirteen movements are exactly the same as the Chen 38, as follows:

Jin Gang Dao Dui (3rd Buddha Stamp)
Pie Shen Quan (Fist Across the Body)
Qing Long Chu Shui (Blue-green Dragon Leaps from the Sea)
Shuang Tui Shou (Double Push-Hands)
Zhou Di Kan Quan (Looking at the Fist Under the Elbow)
Dao Juan Gong (Whirling Wind Arms)
Bai He Liang Chi (White Crane Spreads Wings)
Xie Xing (Oblique Form)
Shan Tong Bei (Fan Through Back)
Yan Shou Gong Quan (2nd Hidden Hand Punch)
Liu Feng Si Bi (Six sealing Four Closing)
Dan Bian (Single Whip)

Yun Shou (Cloud Hands) is slightly different: we add one extra repetition (left hand extended, step across behind with the right; right hand extended, step aside with the left). Then proceed to Gao Tan Ma (Pat High Horse).

What follows is a short kicking section, consisting of three moves: Pai Jiao with the right, Pai Jiao with the left, and a left sidekick, which I would have called Chong (it seems to be the same as the sidekick we did in Laojia Erlu. Here’s Grandmaster Gohring demonstrating the two Slapping kicks:


On some lists, the Pai Jiao is called Tsa (or Ca, pronounced the way Tsa looks), which is variously translated as slap, rub, or brush the foot. The side kick is called Deng Yi Gen (which makes it a heel kick, literally on one root).

After the three kicks, we repeat Shang San Bu (Advance Three Steps). We then punch to the ground, turn around, do a double jump kick, land and turn to the left. Here’s the video for these moves, with instruction:


For names and translations, the list on the Madison Chen Style Tajiquan website is particularly useful because it includes the Chinese characters. Here’s the list for the new material in this post:

You Tsa Jiao – Brush the right foot
Zuo Tsa Jiao – Brush the left foot
Zuo Deng Yi Gen – Kick with Left Heel
Shang San Bu – Advance Three Steps
Zhi Di Quan – Punch the Ground
Ti Er Qi – Double Jump Kick

Next up, Protect the Heart.

Poison Hands

We are learning the Kung Fu Tiger Crane 108 as our secondary project in class (Laojia Yilu is our primary focus). The first section of the 108 is Poison Hands, a study of just the blocking movements with the hands.


The names (translations) we use are as follows. So far, I’ve had no luck finding Chinese names.

  • Suppress the Tiger Hide the Dragon
  • Beauty Looks in the Mirror
  • Crosswind Bends the Willow
  • Push the Flower Up the Sleeve
  • One Finger Divides China
  • Press Ten Thousand Pounds
  • Dragon Leaps from the Sea
  • Dragon Plays in the Water
  • Four Fingers Face the Sky
  • Dragon Serves the Pearl
  • Dragon Spits the Pearl

Repeat on the other side, except after Dragon Serves the Pearl comes Wind Punching Method. Video resources: