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Shake Leg, Stretch Down

Chen Style's "Shake Leg, Stretch Down" is one of the most unique forms in all of T'ai Chi Ch'uan traditional styles. The application is not as unique, however, as some may think. Nearly all the "Stretch Down" or "Snake Creeps Down" forms have this application as one of their many applications or techniques. Chen Style does this form with such dramatic style, though, that it has left its impression for many generations.

What makes the form special is the arm drag feature which sets up the opponent for a host of follow ups or finishes. In this case, the elbow is not only pinned between the defender's hip and torso, the back of the knee is in an ideal position to choke the opponent. The shape of the movement and the main form emulate the shape of the written Chinese characters for "Shake Leg, Stretch Down."

The Chen Style is broken down into two main forms. The first routine, or "Yi Lu," and a second, more active routine, emphasizing fa-jing (or, explosive force) known as Er Lu (or, Cannon Fist). Nei Jia (Internal) kung fu Martial Application Example

One example martial application for the "Shake Leg, Stretch Down " form section of Chen style Taijiquan.
Shake Leg, Stretch Down Chen style App

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