Businessman`s Form

 

Beginning

 

Start with the heels together and feet at 45 degree angles.  Shift your weight into your right leg as you bend at the knees.  The left foot has come on to its toes.

Turn your waist to the left and take a half step out directly to your left side with the left heel touching the ground first.  Pivot the left foot on its heel to face the front.

Shift your weight into your left leg and turn in your right foot on its heel so now both feet are a shoulder width apart, facing directly forwards.  

Slowly transfer more weight into the right leg until your weight is distributed 50/50.

 

 

Gently lift your arms in front of your body with the palms facing the ground.  When they reach shoulder height, relax the elbows.  

Adjust the wrist lightly so the back of the hands are straight and gently reach forward and then allow your arms to drop to the sides of your body.  Bend the wrists to relax the shoulders.

 

Left Ward Off

 

Shift your weight into your left leg, As you turn your waist to the right, allow your right foot to turn out on its heel to 90 degrees.  Your arms resemble holding a small ball with your right hand on top.

Place the right foot flat on the ground and transfer your weight into the right leg.

Turn your waist slightly to the left, then pick up your left foot and take a step directly to the front with the left heel touching the ground first.

As you shift your weight into the left leg, allow your left arm to rise in front of the chest, whilst your right hand drops to the right side of your body.  

Finally turn your right foot on its heel to 45 degrees so your hips also face forwards.

 

Right Ward Off

 

As your weight is being mostly supported by your front leg, turn your waist slightly to the left. The wrist turn here so your arms resemble holding a ball with the left hand on top. Now turn your waist to the right, allowing your right foot to pivot on its toes.  

 

Place the right heel down where the toes were previously and then the right foot flat on the ground.

As you shift your weight into the right leg, let your right arm rise to cover the chest, whilst your left hand covers behind.  Turn your left foot on its heel to 45 degrees.

 

Roll Back, Press Push

 

Shift your weight into your back left leg and allow your left hand to drop so the fingertips almost touch your right elbow, with the left palm facing your chest.  Turn the waist to the left to roll back.

Allow your left arm to drop and circle as you turn the waist back to the right and the left palm now attached to the right palm.  Shift your weight into your right leg to press.

 

As you transfer the weight back into your left leg, allow your hands to separate with the palms facing forward.  Shift the weight back into the right leg to push.

 

Single Whip

 

Shift your weight into your back left leg and allow your forearms to drop parallel with the ground. As you turn the waist to the left, allow the right foot to accompany the turn by pivoting on its heel.

 

Shift your weight into your right leg and let your left hand drop so your arms resemble holding a ball.

Your right hand now forms a “Hook Hand” (imagine plucking something with the fingertips) and as you extend the right hook hand out, you allow the left foot to turn on its toes to accompany the turning of the waist.

Pick up your left foot and take a step to the left rear with the heel touching the ground first.  

Place the foot flat on the ground as you transfer your weight into the left leg, allow your left arm to cross the front of your body and then stop at the left side, fingertips facing forwards.

Your right hook hand is still extended on the right side of your body.

 

Repeat Right Ward Off

 

Keep your weight in your left leg, now turn your waist to the left so the arms resemble holding a ball with the left hand on top. Turn back to the right keeping the weight in the left leg and allowing the right foot to pivot on its toes.

 

Place the right heel down where the toes were previously and then the right foot flat on the ground.

As you shift your weight into the right leg, let your right arm rise to cover the chest, whilst your left hand covers behind.  Turn your left foot on its heel to 45 degrees.

 

Repeat Roll Back, Press Push.Single whip etc.  Remember, every time you finish the single whip posture you start from RIGHT WARD OFF. Once you end up going in  four directions then start back at the beginning of the form.

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