The 3rd Tai Tsuku

In the exami­na­ti­on for the 4th Kyu it is one of the forms that the Kem­po­ka has to mas­ter new. Alt­hough the 3rd Tai Tsuku rather belongs to the short Kata, ele­ments are also taught here, which accom­pa­ny the future mar­ti­al artist again and again. This starts at the very begin­ning: An implied KungFu gree­ting devia­tes from the usu­al sche­me of gree­ting. In gene­ral, the­re are very dif­fe­rent gree­tings in Shao­lin Kem­po in the dif­fe­rent style inter­pre­ta­ti­ons. Some­ti­mes Japa­ne­se, some­ti­mes Chi­ne­se, some­ti­mes com­ple­te­ly dif­fe­rent — you noti­ce in the­se litt­le things that the­re is no orde­ring cha­rac­ter, the cen­tral tea­ching line.

Deep Kiba Dachi, gli­ding move­ments in Zen­kutsu Dachi — the third Tai Tsuku also wants to be exe­cu­t­ed smooth­ly. The exci­ting part of this kata are the dou­ble hand tech­ni­ques, the fin­ger­tip thrusts and espe­cial­ly the two finis­hing tech­ni­ques — short sli­ding move­ments for­ward in Neko Ashi Dachi, com­bi­ned with a defense/finger thrust com­bi­na­ti­on. Loo­ks qui­te simp­le, but is not so easy to run with expres­si­on. And in the midd­le of Tai Tsuku the­re is a short weight shift invol­ving the back leg, which is also not without chal­len­ge. Just take a look! (1:28 in the video)

My own attempts to use this form suc­cess­ful­ly at tour­na­ments fai­led qui­te mise­r­a­b­ly. Which is my skill and not the kata its­elf to bla­me! 🙂 But the suc­ces­ses of my then trai­ning part­ner Ella show that even the 3rd Tai Tsuku can be a qui­te deman­ding and expres­si­ve kata des­pi­te its brevity.
With this kata the tran­si­ti­on to the inter­me­dia­te level is com­ple­ted. The first three Tai Tsuku are basic forms that are cha­rac­te­ris­tic of Lung Chu­an Fa Kem­po. Their his­to­ri­cal ori­gin is unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly unknown to me, becau­se I am not awa­re of any Kem­po style in which the­se forms are taught.

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