Posture 6: The Beauty Looking at the Mirror
The sixth posture of Luk Tung Kuen, known as “The Beauty Looking at the Mirror” is an exercise for both the hands and feet.
Starting position: The left foot takes a step forward. Raise the left hand to the level of the eyes with the palm facing the face. Keep the fingers straight. Thus the left hand looks like a mirror. Raise the right hand to thee back of the body with the back of the hand touching the backbone. Keep the fingers straight.
Movement 1: When count “one”, draw the right hand to the front of the body until the right wrist touch the left wrist and form a slant cross. Meanwhile raise the heels off the floor. Stand on tiptoes and turn the body slightly in a clockwise direction, draw the left hand backward until the back of the left hand touching the backbone. The right hand replace the left hand in the shape of a mirror. The position of the person is just opposite to the starting position.
Movement 2: When count “two”, draw the left hand to the front until the wrists of both hands are in the shape of a slant cross as mentioned in movement 1.
Draw the right hand to the back of the body until the back of the hand touching the backbone. Just reverse to the starting position.
Movement 3: When count “three”, repeat the same motion as mentioned in movement 1.
Movement 4: When count “four”, repeat the same movement as mentioned in movement 2.
Repeat the procedure for ten times. This posture is to form the hand in the shape of a mirror and the eyes should concentrate on the hand.
Among the various schools of Chinese boxing and exercise, there are similar postures as mentioned in posture 6. But there is no such movement as placing the hand at the backbone. It is because the other type of exercise emphasize counterattack as the method of self-defense while Luk Tung Kuen is only a gymnastic exercise by using the theory of physiotherapy to strengthen the body. By doing this posture, one can reduce one’s fat and enhance the agility of the body.
Beginners do not need to use effort at the very beginning. By the time, he or she gets used to the exercise, he or she can increase the effort.