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The following is an abstract from Tung Ying-chiehs "Taichichuan Explained." It is translated by Wu Ta-yeh and Wu Ten Shu-hsien.
"The way in which the two legs are bent alternately to shift the body forward and backward is similar to that in sawing timber with a long hand-saw, or in rowing a boat with a long oar in a standing posture. It uses the twisting strength with the upper and lower body fully coordinated."
Translators Note: This is one of the main features of Taichichuan. The examples assume a fairly long foot stance, as used by outstanding experts of the classical Chen, Yang, and Wu schools. If the stance is short, such as in the Sun style, the effect illustrated is not obvious. The emphasis is in the twisting of the whole body while alternatively bending the two legs. One may self-examine the way he bends his legs and twists his body during the exercise, and see if it is effective in sawing timber or rowing a boat.