Yang 40 Intro
Welcome to me imagining I know anything about the Yang 40
This space is going to be a lot of things.
In part, it’ll be a reference for me, going forward. I’ve not written down a form as I’ve learned it before, and I’m hoping it will be … illuminating? I’m hoping that something about having to put my experience into words will deepen my understanding of it.
Secondly, it’ll serve as convenient notes for me. As awful as it is, I have forgotten forms before. Much of what I knew of the Chen 36 is mostly lost to me - I remember general principles, but not choreography, and I couldn’t run through it to save my life.
With that in mind… if I drop the 40, and want to come back to it months or years later, hopefully past-me will have been verbose enough and accurate enough to serve as a decent teacher.
Thirdly, which is the most idealistic and least likely - perhaps this might help someone else. If you show up here from a random google search; stranger, I salute you. Hope I’m helpful.
Finally, I might wind up teaching some part of this form (or all of it) in the future. Getting some verbiage down in writing might be a good start to how to teach it - only time will tell.
With that said, The Yang 40 is a curious beast (at least from my eyes). It bears certain similarities to the Yang 24 - it’s shorter sibling - but also remarkable resemblance to the Combined 42, which was likely inspired by it.
For reference, a full listing of the Yang 40 forms
(At least one translation of it) As sectioned out on the handout from my mother
1: Commencing Form
2: Stroking Bird’s Tail
3: Single Whip
4: Lifting Hands
5: White Crane Flashes Wings
6: Brush Knee
7: Play Lute
8: Parry, Block and Punch
9: Apparent Closing Up
10: Slanted Flying
11: Fist under Elbow
12: Repulse Monkey
13: Fair Lady Works the Shuttle - L & R
14: Parting Wild Horse’s Mane - L & R
15: Wave Hands Like Clouds
16: Single Whip
17: Higher Horse
18: Right Heel Kick
19: Punch Ears with Both Fists
20: Left Toe Kick
21: Turn; Right Heel Kick
22: Needle at Sea Bottom
23: Fan through Back
24: White Snake Flashes Tongue
25: Right Patting Foot
26: Left and Right Subdue the Tiger
27: Lowering Movement (Snake Creeps Down)
28: Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg (both sides)
29: Lower Punch
30: Stroking Bird’s Tail
31: Single Whip
32: Left Lowering Movement (Snake Creeps Down)
33: Step Forward, Seven Stars
34: Step Back, Ride Tiger
35: Turn and Lotus Kick
36: Draw the Bow to Shoot the Tiger
37: Parry, Block and Punch
38: Apparent Closing Up
39: Cross Hands