Tai Chi Forms

Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi set is composed of a series of movements. The number of moves varies among styles and may also depend on how they are counted. The count varies from 85, 88, 103 and 108 movements for the traditional long form style. Today, many styles introduce demonstration sets which range from 36, 45, 49 and others.


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  85 Traditional Yang Tai Chi Form
  28 Traditional Yang Tai Chi Short Form
  24 Simplified Yang Tai Chi Form
  42 Tai Chi Chuan (Competition Form)
  13 Poetic Postures Broad Sword Set  [...collapse tree]
    1. Seven stars to Mount the tiger, Wielding saber forms.
    2.  Spring-and-clear to Daze-and-strike with Will and
         spirit raised.
    3.  Looking leftward, Gazing right, the Two components
         spread.
    4.  White crane displays its wings to Palm the five-fold states.
    5.  Breezes turn the lotus bloom to Hide it in the leaves.
    6.  Treasured maidens work their shuttles facing eightfold
         ways.
    7.  Triple stars open, close, Extending to their will.
    8.  Double legs arising come and Strike the tiger pose.
    9.  Drape the body, hang aslant, and Kick like doting ducks
  10.  With the current, push the boat, the Whip can be a pole.
  11.  Lower posture, Thrice combining, freedom calls to roll.
  12.  Leftward, rightward cleaving streams, the Dragon gate
         to crest.
  13.  Old Bian-He retrieves his stone and Phoenix returns
         to nest.
  67 Move Straight Sword Form