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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Traditional Yang Tai Chi 85 Form  [...collapse tree]
传统扬式太极八十五式
This Authentic Traditional Yang Tai Chi form is composed of 85 movements with approximately fewer than 50% repetitive moves. This Yang Tai Chi set is one of the post popular Tai Chi styles practiced worldwide. The moves are usually performed slowly, and are designed to string together an inventory of important techniques, and to promote relaxation, as well as other foundational principles. The set usually takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete while many demonstration sets take approximately half of the time. Yang Tai Chi has been renowned for its graceful, slow, even and circular move styles.
    1.  Preparation Form
    2.  Commence Tai Chi
    3.  Grasp the Bird's tail
    4.  Single whip
    5.  Step up raise Hands
    6.  White Crane Spreads its Wings
    7.  Left Brush Knee and Push
    8.  Strums the Pei Pa
    9.  L&R Brush Knee and Push
  10.  Strums the Pei Pa
  11.  Left Brush Knee and Push
  12.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  13.  Apparent Close Entrace
  14.  Cross Hands
  15.  Carry tiger & return to mountain
  16.  Fist Under Elbow
  17.  Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, L&R (5)
  18.  Flying at a slant
  19.  Step up raise Hands
  20.  White Crane Spreads its Wings
  21.  Left Brush Knee and Push
  22.  Needle at Sea Bottom
  23.  Fan Through the Back
  24.  Turn Body and Chop with Fist
  25.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  26.  Step Forward and Grasp the Bird's Tail
  27.  Single whip
  28.  Cloud Hands (4)
  29.  Single whip
  30.  High Pat on Horse
  31.  Right & Left Separation Kick
  32.  Turn Body and Left Heel Kick
  33.  Left & Right Brush Knee and Push
  34.  Step Forward and Punch Down
  35.  Turn Body and Chop with Fist
  36.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  37.  Right Heel Kick
  38.  Left Strike Tiger
  39.  Right Strike Tiger
  40.  Turn Body and Right Heel Kick
  41.  Strike Tiger Both Ears
  42.  Left Heel Kick
  43.  Turn Body and Right Heel Kick
  44.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  45.  Appear Close Entrance
  46.  Cross Hands
  47.  Carry tiger & return to mountain
  48.  Diagonal Single Whip
  49.  Parting Wild Horse's Mane, R&L (5)
  50.  Grasp the Bird's tail
  51.  Single Whip
  52.  Fair Lady Works at Shuttles
  53.  Grasp the Bird's tail
  54.  Single Whip
  55.  Cloud Hands (4)
  56.  Single Whip
  57.  Creeping Low
  58.  Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, L&R
  59.  Step Back and Repulse the Monkey, L&R (5)
  60.  Flying at a slant
  61.  Step up raise Hands
  62.  White Crane Spreads its Wings
  63.  Left Brush Knee and Push
  64.  Needle at Sea Bottom
  65.  Fan Through the Back
  66.  Turn & White Snake Spits out Tongue
  67.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  68.  Step Forward and Grasp the Bird's tail
  69.  Single Whip
  70.  Cloud Hands (4)
  71.  Single Whip
  72.  High Pat On Horse with Palm Thrust
  73.  Cross Kick
  74.  Step Forward and Punch Groin
  75.  Step Forward and Grasp the Bird's tail
  76.  Single Whip
  77.  Creeping Low
  78.  Step up to Seven Stars
  79.  Step back and Ride the Tiger
  80.  Turn and Sweep Lotus
  81.  Draw the Bow and Shoot the Tiger
  82.  Step up, carry fist, block & punch
  83.  Appear Close Entrance
  84.  Cross Hands
  85.  Close Tai Chi
  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
  67 Move Straight Sword Form