Lao Jia Yi Lu
Lao jia yi lu (or old frame first set) is a key conditioning and training form within the Chen Style taijiquan system and it is also the parent form of the other major taijiquan styles (Yang, Wu). The form contains many slow continuous movements that unitize the reeling silk movement quality of Chen taijiquan. Lao jia yi lu also contains fa jing, which is the explosive release of refined strength. Martial strategies within the form include strikes (da), joint locks (chin na), and throws (swai). Learning lao jia yi lu is of obvious interest to Chen stylists, and it is valuable to practitioners of the other classical styles in that they can see the original form and application of the moves they practice. The movements of lao jia yi lu tend to be larger, more expansive, and less complex that the other Chen forms (xin jia, xiao jia, er lu) and therefore is studied first.
The form is roughly 80 movements in length, which includes repeats of important movements and sections.
Clip of Chen Xiao Wang Performing Lao Jia Yi Lu
Visit the International Chen Style Taijiquan site (Ren Guang-yi) for videos of lao jia yi lu.
Applications [Under Construction]
Opening the Form
Begin Lazily Tie Coat
Six Sealing Four Closing
Notes on Posture Names
1. yu bei [prepare] shi [form]. The same movement is sometimes called taiji qi shi [begin taiji form] where qi means to begin or stand up.
2. jin gung dao dui: jin gung [Buddha's warrior attendent] is not a name of specific person. It is name for a guardian at the front of a temple. There are usually four guardians at the front of a temple, and sometimes eight for more elaborate temples. The term jin gong is often used to denote someone or some move that is very strong. A martial art move with the name jin gong would be a powerful move.
8. xei [oblique] xing [walking]
9. lou [brushing] xi [knees]. The same move is sometimes called the first gathering, and the repeat is the second gathering.
10. shang [stepping forward or stepping up] san [three] bu [steps]
14. yan [hide or conceal] shou [hand] gong [hit] quan [fist]
16. pie [twist] shen [body] quan [fist]. The movement is called by a variety of names such as "lean with back," striking down by twisting body obliquely," and possibily "7-inch shoulder strike."
17. qin [very dark green] lung [dragon] chu [emerge] shui [water]
18. shuang [double] tui [push] shou [hand]
19. zhou [elbow] di [bottom] kan [looking] quan [fist]
20. dao [backward] juan [wraping] gong [skill]
23. shan [flash, quick avoid] tong bei [back]
28. gao [high] tan [careful explore, hold back a little so you can withdraw] ma [horse]
29. you [right] tsa [a wiping throw process] jiao [foot]
30. zuo [left]
31. deng [heel stomp]
33. zhi [throw] di [ground] quan [fist]
36. xuan feng [tornado] jiao [foot]
39. xiao [small] qin [capture] da [hit]
40. bao [holding] tou [head] tui [push] shan [mountain]
43. qian [forward or first] zhao [a martial move]
44. hou [backward or second especially when following qian] zhao [a martial move]
48. yu [woman] nu [jade] chuan shouo, when yu and nu are used together they denote a fair girl, sort of opposite to jin gong
53. shuang [double] bai [white] lian [lotus]
54. die jiao [foot] da [big] cha [splitting]
65. shi zhi [crossed] jiao [feet]
67. yuan hou [ape] xian [offers up high, presents] guo [fruit]
70. shang bu [stepping forward] qi xing [seven stars]
71. xia bu [stepping back] kua [ride] hu [tiger]