Rencontres Amicale – Paris 2013 – Part Two

Afternoon Seminar: Lie- Twist the Joint – Herve


LIE is first a downward movement, sitting down to generate energy. LIE then creates spirals by moving, either forward or back, up or down. LIE can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise, so an elbow can be pushed inward or outwards.

The spine remains vertical (which is very important). The spirals are generated in the opponent. The Inner Channel (ie Dantian extended up and down along the vertical) is stiffened (strengthened) as movement issues from it. This Inner Channel is like a flag pole anchoring you to the ground while the spirals are sent through the opponent.

The gaze is very important. In China they say “The King looks, the General orders and the troops execute” meaning that the Gaze comes first, followed by the actions of the waist ( the “General”) and the arms (the “Troops”) execute the action. So the look leads the movement. The body might turn, but the eyes guide the direction of the energy.

LIE is often paired with another movement – a LU can turn into a LIE, for example.


3 Escapes:


The following are three examples of possible escapes form a LIE.


  1. Along the Horizontal.


If the opponent has your arm in a classic LIE (for example with the right elbow pulled up and the right hand pushed down, twisting your shoulder), turn the hand further in the same direction, rotating the shoulder and extending the right arm to the right. At the same time, push the opponent’s shoulder with the free left hand in the direction of the escape (your right).


  1. Spiral up from the Horizontal and throw.


From the same set-up as above, escape to the right but instead of extending the arm fully along the horizontal spiral the arm up and across the opponent’s neck or shoulder. If the motion is matched by a step forward and to the side, then a twist of the body, you can throw your opponent over the hip and onto the ground.


  1. Spiral up.


From the same set-up, lift your right arm upwards (elbow first). This pulls the opponent’s hands up. In order for this to occur, the waist must simultaneously turn to the outside (squaring the hips), creating a void in which the movement can occur and countering the twist of the shoulder. Your right wrist can grab the opponent’s wrist while at the same time your left hand pushes the opponent’s elbow up. The hands can spiral, reversing the LIE.


3a. Spiral up and step, a variation.


From the same set-up, spiral up as a defense from a LIE. But as you are spiraling up you can step back and around, drawing the opponent’s arm across the Dantian or chest. This lever action draws the opponent’s shoulder down as you twist the joints of the wrist and elbow.


Notes on Zhou and Kai:


Zhou and Kai – Elbow Strike and Shoulder Strike – are sudden and brusk, like a tiger stalking in the brush.

In Zhou, point the foot towards the ground during the stepping.

“Shoulder Strike” is a misnomer. You can KAI with the shoulder, the side, the buttock. It is a dropping energy, like a sack of flour falling from a height. Each strike stays connected to the ground through the leg.

Rencontres Amicale – Paris 2013 – Part One

The following is a recap of notes from the Yangjia Michuan meeting in Paris, set up by the French Association.


Over 300 people in attendance, dozens of seminars offered every day. Impossible to take them all! The meeting was held in the municipal athletic center in the outskirts of Paris. Several rooms were at our disposal, from small conference rooms to large gymnasiums.



Morning seminar: Wave Hands Like Clouds – Claudy J.

Hands are Yin-Yang; always in opposition to one another. If one is still the other moves. If one rotates out, the other rotates in.

Flexion is always followed by rotation: if you bend the elbow, the wrist turns. This is bio-mechanics. There is always some rotation in flexion. In the first, vertical, part of Wave Hands, dropping the elbow naturally rotates the hand. This creates a spiral. Wave Hands catches, redirects and pushes.

The vertical spiral is followed by a horizontal spiral. Sit on the rear leg, create a horizontal rotation by first moving to the inside then create a void in the front hip to allow for the rotation to the side, guiding the energy from the inside to the void (center) and then to the outside. This opens up the opponent for the knife hand to the exposed ribs.

The shift in weight that follows is lead by the rotation of the hip. It is NOT a shift from foot to foot but a rotation of the hip which then continues further into a shift of the weight. Once the weight is shifted, sit on the leg and Split The Hands.

Notice that by shifting the weight, a shift occurs in the hands too. The full leg becomes the front leg. This means that the full hand is the REAR hand, the rising hand. If the horizontal spiral is continued (instead of stopping the movement with the knife hand attack) the Split Hands move catches the opponent’s elbow and lifts it, locking the shoulder and throwing the opponent to the side.

3rd Duan variation:

The hips fold after the first rise for the vertical spiral in order to absorb the opponent’s counter with a Drag down ( or Lu, depending)

That fold of the hips allows for the rotation for the 2nd variation. Relax the hand, dropping the wrist before the rotation. The hand naturally hooks the opponent at the elbow. Spiral back up and push.

The hand barely has to move. There is no rotation of the hand needed. The hand relaxes, the hips moves.


A change in direction can only occur in the continuation of a downward or upward movement. Therefore you must go further into the move to start the change in direction.

In Grasp The Sparrow’s Tail, the changes of direction of the hands are always connected to the lowering or rising of the leg.

In general, changes in direction occur ONLY in continuing in the original direction or by shifting the weight from one foot to the other. A turn requires a DEEPENING of the motion (rising higher or sitting further down) in order to start the rotation in the waist which triggers the change in direction. A shift in weight always leads to a shift in direction.

Everything happens in a single beat. A one-two beat implies a break. But the movement is a continuous spiral and therefore a single beat.