Hey all, Last night at class we were practicing some applications, and afterwards I was reflecting on how much I like 'raise hands'. So what are 3 of your favourite moves in your taiji, how you would use them and why do you like them. Here's some of mine: (from yang style) Raise Hands - so effective for such a simple movement. Relatively easy to learn and put into practice. very good defence against a straight punch. Can leave the attacker in a very vulnerable position to back of head/neck strikes if they are commited in their attack. If you put in the next bit we call 10% (from old yang style - not sure if its in ycf form) - its like a body twist(from hips/waist) - you can absorb some of the 'energy' and counter with the non contact hand very quicky and efficiently. Wave hand like clouds - can be used to deflect/attack hook or straight punches using circular 'brushing' motion with edge of the palm to disrupt qi, as you pull the attack downward you simultaneously counter to neck area with an upper straight strike. I like the effectiveness and economy of movement with this one. The attacker would be pretty hard pressed to defend the strike due to the angle, I think it would be pretty hard to see it coming. As well as being a part of the form I really like, something about the shifting of the weight from side to side seems to get the energy really flowing around nicely - my forearm seems so full when I do the strike (first set cloud hands in old yang) Fishes in eight - this is a deceptive looking movement in the form, for what does'nt look like all that much, it contains a fair few application. You have the initial yielding bit and transition phase, which is quite fun to practice. If someone comes flying at you with a really commited straight attack, the attacker can seem to go right past you quite effortlessly, If you don't want to hurt them you could push them on their way or use the elbow strike in there to strike them as they've just past possibly to the rear of their neck (pretty dangerous!) their also a couple of other strikes in the movement too for good measure, but I think I'll leave it there. In the form I like the way it trains the waist to move and the close in elbow ( elbows are propably my favourite attacking option) The way this one is done is very economic in its movement, an attacker could easily land on this as they come in to you - ouch! Happy training G Ok come on fellow players lets hear some of yours, the more the merrier, it'd be great to learn of some new applications I don't practice.