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Yang in the single whip posture c. 1930

The Single Whip (單鞭 dān biān) is a common posture found in most forms of t'ai chi ch'uan. Typically at the end of the posture the left hand is in a palm outward push and the right hand held most commonly in the form of a hook or closed fist. Notable exceptions are the Single Whip in Sun-style and Wu style t'ai chi ch'uan which finish with both hands open, palms outward.

Single Whip is one of the movements/postures most repeated in the solo training forms. Its first appearance in most forms follows the Grasp Sparrow's Tail sequence (peng, lu, ji, an) and is seen later as a variant renamed Snake Creeps Down. There is also a posture in the Wu style sword form called Single Whip Fusing Throat.

This posture uses the Lieh (Splitting) and the Zhou Pu (Left Step) movements.

Applications Edit

The martial applications of Single Whip are many. There are various strikes, throws, changeups (using one hand to create an opening so that the other can strike) and kicks derived from this posture trained by different schools.

Yang Family Tai Chi single whip11:04

Yang Family Tai Chi single whip

Single Whip in the Yang Family Style

Old Chen Tai Chi Taiji Single Whip - Jesse Tsao01:34

Old Chen Tai Chi Taiji Single Whip - Jesse Tsao

Single Whip in the Chen Family style.

Tai Chi Fighting Applications - Single Whip05:43

Tai Chi Fighting Applications - Single Whip

Chen Family Style Single Whip Applications

Yang tai chi - single whip app suai & da00:22

Yang tai chi - single whip app suai & da

Yang Family Style Single Whip Applications

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