Tortoise in the

This is a more advanced Shih Li practice. It takes its name from the motion of a tortoise swimming up to the surface of the sea and using its front flippers to keep its head above the water. As you develop your understanding of the motion, you have the feeling of a large bellows opening and closing with great power. To begin, move into the On Guard position (pages 36-37). Keep the heel of your front foot slightly raised off the ground throughout this exercise.

Slowly sink your weight down over your rear leg. Take care not to stick your bottom out backwards. As your weight sinks down, both your arms gently rise up until they are level with the top of your head. Your upper body and arms remain relaxed and there is a gentle curve in your elbows. As you sink down, breathe in.

TORTOIS E

IN THE SEA

Master Wang Xuan Jie, an accomplished Da Cheng Chuan practitioner, demonstrates the Tortoise in the Sea. He keeps his weight on his rear leg. practicing with his front foot on a step. You can clearly see the open spread of his fingers - one of the signatures of this art.

Master Wang Xuan Jie, an accomplished Da Cheng Chuan practitioner, demonstrates the Tortoise in the Sea. He keeps his weight on his rear leg. practicing with his front foot on a step. You can clearly see the open spread of his fingers - one of the signatures of this art.

When you have gone as low as you can over the rear leg, start to rise slowly up. This motion feels as if it is driven entirely from a hydraulic pump in your rear leg. As you rise up, your arms move downwards at the same slow speed to their original position. Breathe out with this phase of the motion.

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