Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan

Chan si Gong (Reeling Silk Work)

A wide variety of elemental movements could be  used to practice reeling silk skill. Below are two chan si gong sets.

Chen Xiao Wang's and Ren Guang-yi's Chan Si Gong

Link to thermal images with Chen Xiao Wang's counts

1. Standing post [zhan zhuang]

2. Front spiral single arm reeling silk [zheng mian chan si]

3. Front spiral single arm with side stepping reeling silk [heng kai bu]

4. Double hands reeling silk [shuang shou chan si]

5. Double hand reeling silk with stepping [qian jin bu]

6. Backward stepping, left and right [hui tui bu]

7. Direct (nonspiralling) reeling silk [chuan zhan chan si]

8. Side spiral single arm reeling silk [ce mien chan si]

9. Single hand small reeling silk (both directions) [dan shou xiao chan si]

10. Double hand small reeling silk (both directions) [shuan shou xiao chan si]

11. Leg reeling silk (both directions) [tui bu chan si]

 

Feng Zhi Qiang's Chan Si Gong

1. Turning the head

2. Revolving the neck

3. Head side-to-side

4. Revolving shoulders
   - single
   - double

5. Pressing the shoulder to the front and rear

6. Left and right arm chan si (single whip)

7. Left and right arm spiralling chan si (swimming dragon)

8. Double right and left arm spiraling (swimming dragon)

9. Double arm chan si (simialr to lazily tying coat)

10. Double arm diagonal opening and closing chan si

11. Double arm straight spiral up chan si

12. Double arm straight spiral down chan si

13. Double arm straight spiral forward chan si

14. Double arm straight spiral backward chan si

15. Double arm straight spiral horizontal chan si
     - little finger leading the spiral out
     - thumb leading the sprial out

16. Left up right down chan si (can include lifting right knee like “golden rooster stands on one leg”)

17. Right up left down chan si (can include lifting left knee like “golden rooster stands on one leg”)

18. Double arm opening and closing chan si

19. Double elbow opening and closing chan si

20. Left and right elbow chan si, both directions

21. Twisting the waist left and right, both directions for each wrist

22. Double twisting wrists, both directions for each wrist

23. Left and right spiral punch

24. Rotating the abdomen and kidneys (dan tien rotations in the various directions)

25. Rotating the waist, could include extra cirlce with chest opening

26. Spiralling the waist

27. Left and right knee spiral

28. Double knee spiral

29. Left and right chan si side kick
     - could first perform pick up knee and spiral, left and right

30. Twisting the foot left and right

31. Golden cock shakes its wings

Contact Nick Gracenin for a translation of Feng's instructions on this set.

Zhang Xue Xin performing Reeling Silk

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