Taiji day 311: Forget Something?

No sooner had I finished the form when I realized that there’s a reason I’ve been ending up in slightly the wrong place every time for days!

For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been having to correct my final position just before closing at the end, because I’ve been a couple of feet back from “starting position” and facing slightly northeast instead of due east. It’s been bugging me, but I hadn’t been able to figure out what I’ve been doing wrong.

Today I figured it out. There’s a series of moves after “grabbing the needle on the sea floor” that I’ve somehow blocked out:

  • spread hands like fan
  • turn and block
  • punch
  • throat strike
  • false close
  • retreat to the mountain camp

So, I redid the form, with those actions, and returned exactly to where I should be upon closing. It’s nice to know that the form is self-correcting in this way. If you’re out of position at the end, it’s because you’ve missed a few steps. Find the correction, and the problem will go away.

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