The Steps of Yu

I recently discovered the Steps of Yu.
Yu was a man in the prehistory of China, a man tied to its shamanic roots. He could transform into a bear, predict the weather and change the course of rivers. He is also considered one of the first Taoist saint.
Yu also danced the patterns of the stars, especially the Big Dipper which was considered sacred. The pattern he traced with his dancing was an invocation launched to the gods of the Heavens.
I’m charmed by the thought of a modern Tai Chi practitioner and Yu, separated by 4000 years of history, both slowly moving though divine patterns, in search of some cosmic connection.

2 thoughts on “The Steps of Yu

  1. I’m guessing, but it might holds some truth, the dance eventually became the PAQUA TZAN, the 8 palm, IT DRAGS ONE FOOT BEHIND ANOTHER, MOVING SLOWLY IN SERPENTINE MANNER, THE HANDS, ONE FORWARD AS IF HOLDING A TRAY, SHIFTING ENERGY IN A SPIRAL TURNS

    • I would guess that the link between Paquatzan and the steps of Yu are actually less direct than that of other internal arts. The Steps of Yu were patterned after constellations, which means that the shapes that are drawn by the feet are not regular, or circles, but instead trace strange and mythical objects. You would expect complicated and at first glance nonsensical patterns to be used, patterns that would later be revealed to match star patterns.

      With time, those star patterns would either be forgotten or modified (or hidden) and the connection between the constellations and the patterns of the forms would be less and less direct.

      The steps of Yu show that the practice of moving and stepping within a context of meditation and energetic work has enormously ancient roots, and is the obvious starting point for an internal martial art.

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