Short Form 2 Short Form 2 gives the definition of advancing with a front hand block and front and rear hand counters using a variety and a mixture of power principles. It also utilizes the cat stance and teaches the "cup and saucer" as well as multiple angles. This also, once again, follows the pattern we saw in the earlier forms of in-out-up-down. But this time, like before, we have to add something.

In this form, the cat stance is the "normal" stance. It is from this cat stance that we deploy a number of moves combining various power principles or using them separately. The initial move simply has you step forward with a block followed by a sinking chop. I have taught this as nothing more than Delayed Sword without the delay (that's the kick). It helps make a connection and should prevent students from blocking and then pulling that block back so they can execute a more powerful hand sword. We don't want that kind of power here; that's the kind that leaves us vulnerable for a retaliation. We block and simply drop into the chop using torque and marriage of gravity. (This is an example of the front hand block followed by front hand counter, too.)

Do that twice and we are back in our cat stance, hands in the "cup and saucer" position ready to go. As a brief digression, the "cup and saucer" is nothing more than a cocking position. In your first cat stance, with your right foot having the majority of the weight and your hands cocked to your right (the left hand is the cup and the right hand is beneath it as a saucer), you will step your left foot to 9 o'clock and act that way. With your hands to your right, you get the full use of the power principle(s) you are employing. It is the same throughout the form. You get the added power so you can really feel the power being applied. This is an example of a front hand block with a rear hand counter. And as much as you would love to do this step and pivot with nothing but raw torque, don't. Call this Twirling Wings using back-up mass. Yes, torque is present, but name me a technique where it is not present. This line of movement uses back-up mass as its primary means to get itself to the next point with torque playing in the supporting cast. At the same time, remember not to pivot into a forward bow even though you want to.

After that has been done twice, we drop into a left cat stance again, hands cocked to your right. By stepping your foot to 5 o'clock, we cover all four primary angles of the + sign. The 12 o'clock - 6 o'clock line and the 9 o'clock - 3 o'clock line. You pivot with the upward block and the downward middle-knuckle rake, dropping into a wide kneel. This combines the power principles of torque and marriage of gravity. The middle-knuckle should strike at a level position and snap back up. Beware of doing that middle-knuckle rake. If you actually hit something solid with that (like a body) you will more than likely break that finger or severely sprain it. The reason is due to the fact that you are using a vertical fist, which causes the middle-knuckle to have nothing to give it some bracing. If you turned your fist over so it was normal (like a reverse punch) you can rake down and through and have your hand as a brace to protect it. Why? So we can point out what strikes not to do. Why not teach how not to strike at the same time as teaching you how to? It's better than learning on the street.

Once that is done twice, we being to get into those other angles we were given a brief preview of in Long Form 1's isolation. We will pause in a cat stance facing 12 o'clock and step to the angle at 4:30, pivoting nearly three-quarters of a complete circle around to execute a downward block. Of course, you can feel the massive torque here. Then you will follow with a step-through and a rear-hand counter, doing what is Thrusting Salute without the kick. The second section goes to 7:30 finishing two of the other angles in the X. Of course there is not nearly as much torque in this cat stance and block. You are moving no more than 90 degrees here.

The final segment of this form is where we get new material. We use the extended outward block in this segment and use the cat stance as a transitional stance instead of the main stance we like to return to as we have done so throughout this form. From a left neutral bow with the left hand high, we pivot into a right cat stance facing the opposite direction doing a left inward block that guides an imaginary punch straight past our face at the pivot. Then we step out to 1:30 and execute the right extended outward block. Our left hand is now cocked at our chest level, palm up and ready to strike out as a half-fist. Use the quick forward bow and shoot the half-fist out and back. The opposite side goes to 10:30 covering all angles of the X.

Now how does this all relate? First off, we have never used this block in a form yet. Now we have. We are also cocking our weapons getting ready to use them. And the forward bow, which we just in Long Form 1 and locked as a solid stance, is now a transitional stance much like the cat stance.

It also points to the future, in which we build off of what we have just learned. We will add strikes and change angles as needed.