This form has been taken from the original 30 movement Wu Tai Chi Slow Form developed by Wu Ying-Hua daughter of Wu Jian-Chaun and third generation lineage of Wu Tai Chi Wu 30 movement Simplified Slow form designed by Wu Ying-Hua. The same sequence has been followed up unto the fourth Jade Lady Weaving, the last ten movements have been removed from this sequence starting from lower posture. I have done this to adapt it to the needs of some of my classes in which I am teaching people of lower mobility and postures such as Lower Posture and Double Lotus Kick are not suitable for enhancing their health. This means the traditional form finishes at movement no. 20 Jade Lady Weaving x 4. Within my own practice I have always practice all slow form as a righthanded and left handed form (sometimes called Mirror Form) and have found it beneficial to health through improving balance and co-ordination. With this in mind at movement no. 20 Jade Lady Weaving I have continued the form into Grasping Birds Tail, Single Whip and Watch Low Hand, as is traditionally performed in the Wu 108 Slow Form. This then allows the transition into a mirror version of the form which creates this Wu Style 40 movement Slow Form which I teach today. It is suitable for people who have lower mobility, is easy to learn and a wonderful way to stay healthy in a busy life style. The benefits when practiced regularly are increased balance, flexibility, improved circulation, breathing and concentration which are something that we can all use more of.
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