When Left Ward-off is combined with Right Ward-off and Roll Back, Press, and Push, they form an extended sequence known as Grasp the Sparrow’s Tail. Step One of Left Ward-off introduces an arm position that is repeated many times throughout the Form; the hands are placed in front of the body as if holding an imaginary ball above either thigh, one hand appearing to support the imaginary ball from below, and the other appearing to rest on top of the ball.
Left Ward-off step 1
Turn your waist to the right, and shift your weight on to the left leg. Pivot the right foot to the right, and place the hands as if holding an imaginary ball above the right thigh, the right hand on top.
Left Ward-off step 2
Shift nearly all your weight forwards on to the right leg, and feel the energy flowing in both legs as you transfer your weight, and straighten your upper body, keeping the back muscles relaxed.
Left Ward-off step 3
Take a small step forwards with the left foot, leaving about one shoulders’- width between the feet. Place the left heel down first, before rolling the rest of the foot down.
Left Ward-off step 4
Shift your weight on to the left leg, and turn your waist towards the left. Raise the left forearm to chest level, with the palm facing inwards, and lower the right arm. Leave a space under each armpit.
Left Ward-off step 5
Turn your waist to the left, and pivot the right foot to the left on the heel. At the same time, raise the left arm in front of your chest, forming the Left Ward-off position, and lower the right arm.