Within the Li Style (Lishi) Square Yard Tai Chi Form (Lishi Zheng Ma Taijiquan Shi) there is the Stork is Aroused Posture (Guan Xin Dong Shi). Which is made up of four actions, the first two actions are performed with the individual standing on one leg, while the last two actions are performed with both feet back on the ground. In the very first action of the Stork is Aroused Posture, the individual performs the Rollback (Lu), Squeeze (Ji) and Ward Off (Peng) energies with the upper body and arms, whereas the raising of the front leg involves the Rollback (Lu), Ward Off (Peng) and Bump (Kao) energies of the lower extremities.
The second action of the Stork is Aroused Posture involves the Split (Lie) and Ward Off (Peng) energies of the upper extremities as the both arms expand and open in front of the body. The front foot extends forwards from the knee, pushing forwards with the heel of the foot as if to kick and then allowing the toes to dip forwards, the lower extremities involve using the Ward Off (Peng) and Bumping (Kao) energies.
The third action of the Stork is Aroused Posture involves the three energies of Rollback (Lu), Squeeze (Ji) and Ward Off (Peng). The both hands squeeze together as if holding a small ball in front of the chest as the raised foot touches the floor on its heel, with the bodyweight placed on the standing leg using a yielding, Rollback (Lu) energy. The both arms are then lowered to waist height using a Squeezing energy, they then raise back upwards again directly in front of the body to chest height using a Ward Off (Peng) energy within the both arms.
The fourth and last action of the Stork is Aroused Posture involves the Ward Off (Peng) and Pressing (An) energies. The individual takes a small step forwards with the front foot, placing their bodyweight fully onto it. The both arms raise upwards slightly using the Ward Off (Peng) energy and then fall slightly in front of the shoulders using the Pressing (An) energy of the both hands, both arms move in an arc using a vertical circle that starts in the both shoulders.
In the Li Style (Lishi) Square Yard Tai Chi Form the Stork is Aroused Posture is properly the most difficult posture to learn and master. As it involves keeping your balance with the bodyweight placed fully on the one leg, while moving the torso and arms at the same time. There are four separate actions that makes up the whole of the Stork is Aroused Posture, these four separate actions must be connected into a slow, flowing sequence were each action blends into each other, so that you cannot see were one action starts and finishes all are combined together smoothly. Obviously, within the Stork is Aroused Posture and as with all of the other postures that make up the Li Style Square Yard Tai Chi Form. There are the actions and understanding of how to employ the eight energies of Tai Chi to give each movement or action that is performed by every individual a much more deeper essence and hidden strength.