Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan

Lao Jia Er Lu

While the well known Yang and Wu family styles of Taijiquan derive from Chen Taiji's first routine, Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame First Set), Chen style taiji has retained an additional form designed to train explosive power (fa jing). Cannon Fist (Pao Chui), AKA Lao Jia Er Lu (Old Frame Second Set), is a vigorous empty hand routine, punctuated throughout with fa jing, the relaxed, explosive release of energy characteristic of Chen taijiquan. Comprised of 43 techniques, Cannon Fist trains the Chen taiji martial artist to issue devastating force and technique in a relaxed and coordinated manner.

Although both Yi Lu and Er Lu use a rounded movement style based upon chan ssu jing (silk reeling) principles, Er Lu movements tend to be straighter. Circles tend to be smaller and are exectued faster. The movements and applications tend to be more direct and simpler in Er Lu compared to Yi Lu. With an emphasis on speed and power, delivered with the style's unique requirements, Cannon Fist is a rare example of the explosive power of Chen Style Taijiquan.

1) Taiji Begin Form (Taiji Qi Shi)
2) Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gong Dao Zhui)
3) Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
4) Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
5) Single Whip (Dan Pien)
6) [Leap with] Protect Heart Fist (Hu Xin Quan)
7) Step up Oblique Posture (Jin Bu Xie Xing)
8) Turn Head Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Hui Tou Jin Gong Dao Zhui)
9) Drape Body Punch (Pie Shen Quan)
10) Point to Crotch (Zhi Dang Chui)
11) Chop Hand (Zhan Shou)
12) Flip Over and Wave Sleeves (Fan Shen Wu Xiu)
13) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Chuan)
14) Block Waist Elbow (Yao Lan Zhou)
15) Big Red Fist, Small Red Fist (Da Gong Quan Xiao Gong Quan)
16) Jade Girl Works Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Shou)
17) Riding Donkey Backwards (Dao Qi Lu)
18) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
19) Wrap Whip Cannon (AKA wrapping fire crackers) (Guo Bian Pao)
20) Beast's Head Pose (Shou Tou Shi)
21) Splitting Pose (Pia Jia Zhi)
22) Flip Over and Wave [Dance] Sleeves (Fan Shen Wu Xiu)
23) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
24) Tame Tiger Pose (Fu Hu Shi)
25) Rubbing Eyebrow Makes Red (Mao Men Hong)
26) Yellow Dragon Stirs Water Three Times (Huang Long San Jiao Shui)
27) Left Thrust Kick (Zuo Chong) [AKA Dash Left]
28) Right Thrust Kick (You Chong) [AKA Dash Right]
29) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
30) Floor Sweeping Kick (Shao Tang Tui)
31) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
32) Cannons in a Series (Quan Pao Qui)
33) Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Hong Quan)
34) Double Forearm Punches (Dao Er Hong)
35) Attack Twice with Left Forearm (Zhuo Erh Hong), Attack Twice with Right Forearm (You Erh Hong) – Four punches
36) Turning Head Cannon (Hui Tong Dan Men Pao)
37) Punches under Arm Pits (Wu Di Da Zhou Pao)
38) Waist Block Elbow (Yao Lan Zhou)
39) Hitting with Elbow (Shun Lan Shou)
40) Lower Side Punch (Wuo Di Pao)
41) Turn Around and Double Forearm Elbows (Hui Tou Jing Lan Zhi Ru)
42) Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gong Dao Zhui)
43) Taiji Closing Form (Tai Ji Shou Shi)

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Clip of Chen Zheng Lei performing Lao Jia Er Lu