Rochester Chen Style Taijiquan


Lao Jia Yi Lu

Form

Application Videos

Translation of names of moves


Form

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.

  1. Begin Taiji (Tai Ji Qi Shi)
  2. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gung Dao Dui)
  3. Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
  4. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  5. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  6. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gung Dao Dui)
  7. White Goose Spreads Wings (Bai He Liang Chi)
  8. Diagonal Posture (Xie Xing)
  9. Brushing Knees (Lou Xi)
  10. Step to Both Sides (Ao Bu) [AKA Step up 3 steps - Shang San Bu]
  11. Diagonal Posture (Xie Xing)
  12. Brushing Knees (Lou Xi)
  13. Step to Both Sides (Ao Bu) [AKA Step up 3 steps - Shang San Bu]
  14. Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Gong Quan)
  15. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin Gung Dao Dui)
  16. Striking Down by Twisting Body Obliquely (Pie Shen Quan)
  17. Green Dragon Emerges from Water (Qin Lung Chu Shui)
  18. Double Pushing Hands (Shuang Tui Shou)
  19. Fist Under Elbow (Zhou Di Kan Quan)
  20. Stepping Back and Wrapping Upper Arms (Dao Juan Gong)
  21. White Goose Spreads Wings (Bai He Liang Chi)
  22. Diagonal Posture (Xie Xing)
  23. Flashing Turn to Back (Shan Tong Bei)
  24. Cover Hand Thrust Punch (Yan Shou Gong Quan)
  25. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Shi Bi)
  26. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  27. Cloud Hand (Yun Shou)
  28. High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Ma)
  29. Brushing Right Foot (You Tsa Jiao)
  30. Brushing Left Foot (Zuo Tsa Jiao)
  31. Left Heel Kick (Zuo Deng Yi Gen)
  32. Step Forward Both Sides (Qian Zang Ao Bu)
  33. Pound the Ground (Zhi Di Chui)
  34. Double Jump Kick (Ti Er Qi)
  35. Protect Heart Fist (Hu Xing Quan)
  36. Tornado Foot (Xuan Feng Jiao)
  37. Right Heel Kick (You Deng Yi Gen)
  38. Cover Hand Punch (Yan Shou Gong Quan)
  39. Small Catch and Hit (Xiao Qin Da)
  40. Embrace Head and Push Mountain (Bao Tou Tui Shan)
  41. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  42. Single Whip (Tan Pien)
  43. Forward Move (Qian Zhao)
  44. Backward Move (Hou Zhao)
  45. Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (Ye Ma Fen Zhong)
  46. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  47. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  48. Fair Maiden Works Shuttles (Yu Nu Chuan Shouo)
  49. Lazily Tying Coat (Lan Zha Yi)
  50. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  51. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  52. Cloud Hand (Yun Shou)
  53. Swing Foot and Drop Down (Die Jiao Da Cha)
  54. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (Jin Ji Du Li)
  55. Step Back and Wrap Upper Arms (Dao Juan Gong)
  56. White Goose Spreads Wings (Bai He Liang Chi)
  57. Diagonal Posture (Xie Xing)
  58. Flashing Turn to Back (Shan Tong Bei)
  59. Cover Hand Punch (Shou Hong Quan)
  60. Six Sealing Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi)
  61. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  62. Cloud Hand (Yun Shou)
  63. High Pat on Horse (Gao Tan Ma)
  64. Crossed Feet (Shi Zhi Jiao)
  65. Punch the Groin (Zhi Dang Chui)
  66. White Ape Presents Fruit (Bai Yuan Xian Guo)
  67. Single Whip (Dan Bian)
  68. Dragon Rolling Downward (Que Di Long)
  69. Step Forward to Form the Seven Stars (Shang Bu Qi Xing)
  70. Step Back to Ride the Tiger (Xia Bu Kua Hu)
  71. Turn Back and Wave Double Lotus (Zhuan Shen Shuang Bai Lian)
  72. Cannon Right in Front (Dang Tou Pao)
  73. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jing Gang Dao Zhui)
  74. Close Taiji Form (Tai Ji Shou Si)

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.

 
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Applications [Under Construction]

 

Opening the Form

 

Begin Lazily Tie Coat

 

Six Sealing Four Closing

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Translations

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]

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