I remember reading comments that said that the name Grasp Sparrow’s Tail was the result of the illiterate Yang Luchan not hearing properly the name Lazy to Tie Coat.
But until I learned an authentic version of Yang style I had to give the benefit of a doubt to this claim.
Now that I know I had to say that this is bullocks. Those who say this have no idea what they are talking about. There is a reason for this name and its not for some fancy reason.
In fact, the name gives rise to an important concept which in turn allows the practitioner to actualize the principle of not resisting, not running away.
When put into practice it imparts the ability of being able to stick and change in a light and lively way. It is not surprising then for the Yang family to hold back the explanation for the name and how it translates into practice in days of yonder.
When taught properly a normal practitioner should find it possible to learn and master this skill. In this way the skill can be passed on successfully.