Posture 12: Crab Posture
The twelfth posture of Luk Tung Exercise is known as “Crab Posture”. This exercise is an innovation and its posture is an integration of the ideas of the East and the West. Those who are interested in doing exercise will appreciate this posture and its function.
Starting position: Raise the hands upward until they reach the level of the shoulder with the palm facing downward. Then clench the fists. The method of clenching is the same as described in posture 11. Cross the arms in front of the chest.
Movement 1: The right arm should be about on inch away from the chest and the left arm should be one inch away from the right arm. In simplified terms, the two arms are parallel with each other. In this way, the two arms are like two claws of a crab. Stretch the arms with effort to the sides at shoulder level. Keep the elbows straight. When stretch out the left arm, count “two”, then the right arm and count “three”. When stretching out, turn the head to the left with the eye looking at the left. When finished, return to the starting position. Repeat the same movement and when stretching out, turn the head to the right. Repeat the same procedure for ten times.
Note: When raising the two arms upward, heels should be off the ground. Stand on tiptoes. When stretching out both arms sideward, heels down.
Other exercises depend on using chest expander to do exercises. “Drawing Bow” posture of Ba Duan Jin (Eight Fine Exercises, 八段錦) has similar posture. Luk Tung Kuen is the combination of both. Other exercises usually rely on using chest expander or other apparatus to achieve the result of expanding the chest. But there is no need for us to use any apparatus in doing this exercise. In the posture of “Drawing a Bow Towards Both Sides Resembles Shooting an Eagle” in Ba Duan Jin (Eight Fine Exercise, 八段錦), there is no such movement as clenching the fists, the rising up of heels, the stretching out of both arms outward and the turning of the head. Therefore, the chest-expanding exercise has no exercise for the eyes and the neck. Ba Duan Jin has no stretching exercise. Since there is no such movement as raising up the arms forward until they reach the level of the shoulder, therefore other exercises can only strengthen the chest while this exercise can strengthen the tonsil as well. The stretching out of both arms can also reduce the fat of the lung.