Snake Style Kung-fu
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Here are my specific observations:
1. -The form is presented as Wudang mountain-snake style and it is implied that it is related to taijiquan. This particular form appears to be "new Wudang" or contemporary wushu and in my opinion, not particularly good contemporary wushu.
2. The form is not dynamic or fluid as characterizes most wudang and taiji forms. It is also not explosive either. The choreography did not wow me in the least and I had to sit through the video hoping to see something of value to get out of the experience. Again, disappointed.
3. Tseng's movements correctly originate from the legs and center (most of the time) but he does not carry the movements through his arms effectively. In other words the power is not correctly transmitted. In fact, he appears to shake and vibrate all of the power out of the movements before they are expressed. For experienced practioners of taijiquan, fajing (explosive energy movements) are expressed through a wave, but the wave is linked and results in a proper alignment resulting in force being concentrated, extended, and reinforced by linear vectors. The start of the vector is typically the legs. The end of the vector is the target. None of this is present. Tseng's arm movements tend to be partially or even largely independent of what is going on with the rest of his body, and he does not appear to have much root (sometimes hard to determine based on a video.) That is not to say that he is uncoordinated, but rather that his understanding of the form and how to use it as a weapon appears to be limited.Read more ›
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