DVD#24316 SHA style LiuHe Tong Bei Road #2
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Well, at first impression we can once again see and recognize the sricts standards of Sha’s students, not to mention the breadth of skills shown in the introductory film with Sha himself demonstrating Tai Chi, Bagua, Xing Yi and LiuHe TongBei. (Note: in this case Bei refers to the spine, different from Tong Bi, which is "through the arm"). Though I definitely see the “wave” action of Tong Bei, this is generally more conservative, almost Xing Yi like. There is a completely different approach to footwork with many heel-up stances and crouching movements. The practitioner is well rehearsed.
The techniques here are quite clear and any trained practitioner should be able to pick up the key actions. Sometimes, when a student has reached a good level of familiarity, it can be useful just to be exposed to a different version of, say, the style in question. After all, like music, there is a constant acquisition of style just by relating to other version’s and styles. The key is to learn and experience the best as much as possible.