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24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi) Lesson 11- Grasp the Bird's Tail - Part 3 "Ji" and "An" aka "Squeeze" and "Press"





24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi)

Lesson 11

Grasp the Bird's Tail - Part 3

"Ji" and "An" aka "Squeeze" and "Press"





The translations of "Ji" and "An" are sometimes mixed up. Both are sometimes called "Press". The difference is that Ji is like a wine press, while "An" is like pressing a button.
Ji is also called "Cram" or "Squeeze".
An is also called "Push"

"Ji" is a cramming energy. The energy comes from the two sides and joins in the middle like two tributaries becoming a great river. The energy still comes from the feet. But it is directed by the inner forearms.
"Ji" always follows "Lu" in some way. It is said that "Lu" without "Ji" is a waste of "Lu".

"An" is like pressing a button. It is also like setting something aside or pushing it to the back of a shelf.

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