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    Best pattern(s) for sparring

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    What is your favourite Taijiquan pattern for practical sparring?

    For me personally, Cloud Hands is a gift that never stops giving


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    Cloud Hands is a gift that I never quite appreciated until I was able to have some semi-regular sparring partners at a Kuntao school, where they called the pattern "Continuous Butterfly Hands." The idea of a continuous pattern that could act like a blender cutting up anything that came near was very, very appealing to me.

    If I had to pick just one, though, I'd have to say Dodge Then Extend Arm (I believe some people call it "Fan Through Back" some times?) The combination of deflecting an attack, creating an open line, and sending my palm along that revealed path to deliver a decisive strike is extremely satisfying. Jade Maiden Threads Shuttle is an extremely close second for similar reasons.
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    Cloud Hands is a gift that I never quite appreciated until I was able to have some semi-regular sparring partners at a Kuntao school, where they called the pattern "Continuous Butterfly Hands." The idea of a continuous pattern that could act like a blender cutting up anything that came near was very, very appealing to me.
    - Actually, this approach also works great with Hungry Tiger Snatches Goat in Shaolin Kungfu.


    If I had to pick just one, though, I'd have to say Dodge Then Extend Arm (I believe some people call it "Fan Through Back" some times?) The combination of deflecting an attack, creating an open line, and sending my palm along that revealed path to deliver a decisive strike is extremely satisfying. Jade Maiden Threads Shuttle is an extremely close second for similar reasons
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    "Green Dragon shoots Pearl" and "Immortal Waves Sleeves" - two patterns students learn at the very beginning, yet they are very useful and versatile.
    Both are manifestations of "cloud hands" as well.
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    "Green Dragon shoots Pearl"
    - Have to say, this coupled with cloud hands are my two go-to Taijiquan techniques.


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    I'd have to say, that Immortal Waves Sleeves continued with White Snake. There's the deflecting of the opponent and strike in one movement.
    Another one is a fake upper strike with the simultanious hidden kick to the groin. Always effective.


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