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I thought this would be a good application to ask about, because, while it looks like a simple strike, the deeper application is less apparent.

  • What is the application for the Chen Tai Chi technique "Red Fist"
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    is this the style you mean? youtube.com/watch?v=Whz07ssLFXU – Huw Evans Nov 17 at 11:30
  • @HuwEvans Nice link. Always like to see an old-school master doing their thing! But I was not referring to Red Fist style, but to the tai chi movement, often called "Red Fist Chop". It's one of the Chen style movements in the 67 Combined Tai Chi form, where I believe it included because it's considered as one of the exemplary & characteristic Chen movements. See Section 3 in this list of movements – DukeZhou Nov 18 at 2:18
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    Is this any particular tai-chi style? Chen you say? – Huw Evans Nov 18 at 14:34
  • @HuwEvans Chen style, yes, but one can also find it in Shaolin forms. (Asked about the Tai Chi technique b/c it has multiple applications, like many in that art. Chen videos I've searched on seem to show only the surface application—wish there was a video of the Chen Village instructor!) What I'm hoping is that a Chen practitioner sees this and expounds. – DukeZhou Nov 18 at 20:50
  • From someone who has studied bagua, isn't actually learning the mechanics of how to strike hard enough? Why does there need to be a more fanciful application? – mattm Nov 19 at 4:46

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