The 18 series of movements are:

  • Single Cannon

  • Butterfly in the Sky

  • The Angry Bear

  • Dragon Stretches Her Wings

  • Repulse Monkey

  • Hawk Snatches Its Prey

  • The Stubborn Ox

  • Duck Shakes off Water

  • Armadillo Draws the Curtains

  • Elephant Rocks the Cage

  • Fox Turns His Shoulder

  • The Moose Lowers His Antlers

  • The Wolf Bares It's Fangs

  • Kangaroo Rears Back

  • Squirrel Scatters the Leaves

  • Pelican Scoops Up the Fish

  • Otter Opens the Clam

  • Whirling Cannons

BREAKING WITH TRADITION

There are many facets to the martial arts; fighting ability, physical exercise, moving meditation, even rehabilitation. The movements of many traditional forms remain esoteric. In addition, many of the movements do not adequately prepare the practitioner for reality-based applications. Deviations or variations from certain traditional postures/movements are done for practicality and safety and are not meant to imply that the former is wrong. However, it is scientifically evident that the more we practice a movement, the more it becomes engrained into our neurology and thus, accessible. In addition, to justify the creation of a “new” form, again, one can turn to Bruce Lee who said, “Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”

 

TO BE EFFECTIVE

It is quite simple. To be an effective fighter you need three essential elements:

  • An excellent sense of distance management,

  • Sound (non-risky) entries/techniques and

  • A smooth, fluid, kinetic chain of movement

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And obviously none of the above will work if you buckle under pressure.  Therefore, confidence (which is a pre-requisite) and courage are paramount. Confidence in our technique, movement and applications can only be garnered through repetition; truth in effectiveness by pressure-testing.

VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

I've started to add short clips on each movement of the new form in hopes that those interested in the Joyce 18 can rehearse the movements from their home or mobile device. 

Description

Starting with what I call, "Single Cannon," this series focuses on two main common attacks, a control and a strike to the head (using the dominant right hand). The most notable martial application comes when you burst diagonally and deliver a parry and strike virtually simultaneously. This is one of the most important movements that taijiquan players should observe - that while "taijiquan punches" are strong and powerful, the practitioner must learn to deliver such a punch on the move. Standing in place in a self-defense situation is often ill-advised.

FOLLOW ME VIDEO

I encourage everyone to watch the video clips of each movement so that they can see what the body and hands are doing from the front. When you get confident with the first four movements, please watch the "Follow Me" version and play Tai Chi with me, just as if you were taking class with me.

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