Chen-style Dajia Yi & Er Lu Routines (Big Frames 1 & 2)

On a visit to Tai Ji Circle in 2015 and 2016, Master Chen Ziqiang taught the new Chen routines, Big Frames One and Two, Dajia Yī Lu and Er Lu.

These two routines can be practiced by new students at Foundation level, but it is helpful to have attended the Foundation Silk Reeling classes first.

Chen-style Taijiquan Big Frame 1 – Dàjià yī lù

Chen-style Dajia First Routine is a simplified routine based on a combination of several traditional Chen routines. This routine is mostly practiced to cultivate and replenish qi, so as to improve physical constitution and to promote health. This routine uses mind to direct qi and qi to shape the form, resulting in form and breathing in harmony. This routine transforms softness to strength, promotes qi flow, is easy to learn, and suitable for all ages to practice. This is also known as Chen-style Taiji Health Routine.

Dajia Yi Lu movement sequence in Pinyin and English

1. Yu bei shi   Preparatory form

2. Jin gang chu miao   Buddha’s warrior exit temple

3. Liu feng si bi   Six sealing and four closing

4. San huan zhang   Changing palms three times

5. Dan bian   Single whip

6. Zhuan shen he shou   Turn and close hands

7. Bai he liang chi   White crane spreads its wings

8. Xie xing   Step obliquely

9. Chu shou   First closing

10. Qian tang bu   Wading forward

11. Shang bu gou shou   Step forward hook hand

12. Shen xian yi ba zhua   The magnificent grab

13. Lan me chui   Blocking the door with fist

14. Hu xin quan   Protecting the heart

15. Shi zi jiao   The cross feet

16. Dan tui ri yue   Single leg support the sun and moon

17. Qian hou zhao   Forward and backward trick

18. Chan si shou   Silk reeling hands

19. Yun bu he shou   Stepping and close hands 2

20. Closing form   Shou shi

With many thanks to Lai for the translation to English.

Chen-style Taijiquan Big Frame 2 – Dàjià èr lù
大架二路

Dàjià èr lù, Master Chen Ziqiang’s Big Frame 2nd Form (Er Lu) to the Big Frame 1 routine (Dajia Yi Lu), gives an introduction to the ‘Yang’ aspect of the Chen style, with a vigourous dynamic form that has martial applications in every movement and an opportunity to practice ‘fajin’ or energy releases from different parts of the body.

Dajia Er Lu movement sequence in English, Mandarin and Pinyin

1. Preparation posture /  预备势   yù bèi shì

2. Buddha’s warrior pounds mortar / 金刚捣碓   jīn gāng dǎo duì

3. Single whip / 单鞭   dān biān

4. Dragon on ground / 雀地龙   què dì lóng

5. Step up and intersect / 上步捣叉   shàng bù dǎo chā

6. Three method left and right / 左右三法   zuǒ yòu sān fǎ

7. Wrapping crackers / 裹鞭炮   guǒ biān pào

8. Beast head pose / 兽头勢   shòu tóu shì

9. Hack and turn to pound / 劈手翻捶   pī shǒu fān chuí

10. Hidden fist punch / 掩手肱拳   yǎn shǒu hóng quán

11. Crossed hand / 十字手   shí zì shǒu

12. Crouching tiger posture / 伏虎势   fú hǔ shì

13. Upright elbow / 立门肘   lì mén zhǒu

14. Stand on one leg and spread wings / 单腿展翅   dān tuǐ zhǎn chì

15. Turn the waist and piece palm / 转腰穿掌   zhuǎn yāo chuān zhǎng

16. Facing and chop body cannon / 迎面斩身炮   yíng miàn zhǎn shēn pào

17. Bounce/jump leg block cannon / 弹腿当门炮   tán tuǐ dāng mén pào

18. Sweep back leg / 扫荡腿   sǎo dàng tuǐ

19. Step up and palm strike / 上步推掌   shàng bù tuī zhǎng

20. Closing / 收势   shōu shì

With many thanks to Calvin for the translation to English and Lai for the Pinyin version, this helps us as Shifu Liu teaches the postures using the Chinese names.

©Master Chen Ziqiang

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