Grasp The Sparrow’s Tail Mini Course

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In this 4-week mini-course we will focus on the very important T’ai Chi move known as “Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail” through extensive practice and exploration.


Grasp The Sparrow’s Tail is such an important move because it is made up of 4 smaller movements that also represent 4 primary expressions of energy (or “jings”) in T’ai Chi. These are:

  • Ward Off (or “Peng”)
  • Roll Back (or “Lu”)
  • Press (or “Ji”)
  • Push (or “An”)


Much of what we learn, practice and discover in this move is applicable to all T’ai Chi moves. By strengthening this one move, we are building a deeper understanding of all or our T’ai Chi practice.


Each class, we will explore a different concept or perspective of the move and learn variations to the move so that we can uncover the core elements. Some concepts that we will cover include:

  • Introduction to Peng and Lu
  • Introduction to Ji and An
  • Integrating the whole body into the movements
  • Importance of Rooting
  • Getting Creative with the Movements


It is also recommended that participants practice the move between classes for about 100 repetitions (between 10-20 minutes) day. While we will use class time to deeply explore the movements, personal practice is where the real growth happens.


Please also note that each class will be recorded and the video will be posted on the resource page set up specifically for this course so that you can review the class any time you want.


The course will begin on Tuesday July 20that 2:30 and will run for 4 weeks through August 10th.


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