Single whip 01
Emit internal power through the left leg and hip and use the left ankle to press against the ground.Thereby
move the center of gravity forward and toward west. The right leg is correspondentlybended from the straight
position to form a bow step. When the left leg is stretched out, points A-B-D-H-K on the left side of the body
become a straight line. The whole body weight falls to the right ankle and the outer ledge of the right foot. This
time, the thigh has to have the braking effect to stop the center of gravity from moving further forward.
Following the direction of the right forearm, move the right elbow slightly upward positioning the right fingers in
the eye level. The left hand fingers are still placed in the middle of the right hand wrist. This posture is similar
to the step 4 of Grasping the Bird's Tail.
Do take note that when moving forward, the hip joints should not go up and down. The left side and right side
of the shoulders as well as the left side and right side of the hips should not move forward or behind against
each other. Avoid shrugging the shoulders and raising the elbows.
Single whip 02
By using the power of the right thigh and the foreleg, pressing the center of gravity firmly to the ground
through the ankle along the line of H-K. This will make the right side of H-K becoming a stable axis. Slightly
bring up the front part of the right foot and rotate the line of H-K by 45 degree positioning the right toes and
the upper body to face southwest.
Both hips only turn softly without losing position. When turning the right side, the right knee should not sway.
The left buttock is not convex out. The left side of the body along the line of A-B-D-H-K still maintain as one
While turning the body, arms, elbows and shoulders as well as the upper body are all kept relatively in the
same position against each other. By rotating the wrist, the five tips of the right hand fingers get together
pointing downward forming a hook against the right forearm.
Single whip 03
This time, the center of gravity should fall on the right side. In order to have the final position facing south, it is
necessary to keep the left leg straight while arching it back by withdrawing the left hip backward. This will line
up the left and right hips as well as both ankles in the east-west direction.
The stability of the relevant parts of the body should not be affected by the move. Particularly the center of
gravity should not be relocated. The body is still leaning forward facing the southwest corner.
Single whip 04
Keep position of the right arm and leg unchanged. Raise the front part of the left foot slightly. Give pressing
on the left ankle while making left turn by rotating the left ankle and left hip simultaneously. The left leg is
bending from the straight position and the hip is opened. The center of gravity is gradually shifting from the
right leg toward left till the left toes are pointing to the southeast corner with both legs sharing the body weight
During the time of turning, the upper body instead of leaning forward becomes upright to face south. The left
forearm moves horizontally along with the turning of the body to the left side till it locates in the same direction
as the thigh. With the forearm as axis the left palm rotates from facing the chest to facing the left .
The line of vision moves with the left hand at the same time till directing to the corner of southeast in eye level.
Single whip 05
Upon the completion of the last movement, the front part of the left foot is not yet touching the ground and the
center of the gravity of the body is not yet stabilized. Now, based on the direction being set, use the left forearm
as axis and rotate the left palm from facing left to facing southeast. Upon stepping down the front part of the
left foot, intentionally push the outer edge of the left palm a little bit outward by using the internal power of the
waist and legs.
At this moment, the waist and the back have the sense of expanding backward. When the entire process of
Single Whip is completed, the center of gravity is evenly falling in between the two legs. Lower down the
buttock, convex the lower back and open the hips at the same time. Taking note that when opening the hips,
both knees should not sway side way. Instead, it should have the sense of closing in making them firm and
stable. This is how the round crotch can be formed in between the knees and the hips. And it establishes a
stable and flexible base. As for the upper body, the chest is keeping in and the back is pulling up. Relax the
muscle of the arm letting the outer edges of the arms and the back of the body to form an imaginary balloon
expanding outward. With the head suspending weightlessly, the whole body is now agile with a substantial base
and a lightness top.
由 Daniel Kwok 先生 校译
Proofreaded & Translated
by Mr.Daniel Kwok