I went to the river yesterday, and happened to glance at my legs as I sat in one of the few deep pools. I’m actually developing some musculature there. So far, so good.
The movement called Windmill Kick, near the end of the form, is proving to be the one major piece of any of the three sequences that I can’t do the most basic version of the posture. It works like this: the left and right hands are spread, palms facing down, about forty-five degrees apart, at shoulder height; the right leg kicks up to the toes of the right foot touch the left palm; the foot then swings across the open space until the toes touch the right palm; only then do the foot and leg lose altitude, coming to rest behind the practitioner. It’s the most difficult move, and I can’t really do it accurately. Everything else goes smoothly, at least physically.
So this is going to be a goal for a little while: master the windmill kick. I’ll let you know when I succeed.