Chén Wáng Tíng’s Poem 陳王廷太極拳經總歌 Pt4

The poem goes on to say, “Rolling, holding, grabbing, sweeping skills are stylish  滾拴搭掃靈微妙,Horizontal, vertical, chopping and cutting skills are special 橫直劈砍奇更奇.” Using Rolling, holding, grabbing, sweeping skills make our enemy lose their balance and fall. This makes us look very stylish. Using horizontal attacks, vertical attacks, chopping and cutting enable us to strike very hard and this will defeat the enemy. These skills are special and are used to end the fight.

“Intercepting, forwarding, sealing and barring skills still cannot defend the striking heart elbow 截進遮攔穿心肘. Wind blows towards the face – we still go forward with Red Cannon Fist strike 迎風接步紅炮捶.” This means no matter how the enemy tries to block our striking heart elbow attack, whether they use intercepting, forwarding, sealing and barring, they cannot stop us. The striking heart elbow is very powerful. The red is Red Cannon Fist means blood. This tells us the Red Cannon Fist is very powerful and can seriously hurt the enemy and make them bleed. Even it is the wind blows in our faces, no one can stop the Red Cannon Fist. In Pào Chuí 砲捶, the second form of Chén Shì Tàijíquán 陈式太极拳, uses a lot of the Cannon Fist and elbow strikes, they are very powerful.

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