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)  [...collapse tree]
The 42 Form (Competition Form) tai chi chuan is the standard Wushu competition form which combines movements drawn from the Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun styles of traditional Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). The 42-form has been subjected to criticism for being a hybrid form, but in actual practice it has received a lot of positive attention as well, for being a challenging, fluid form which loads the body with energy (qi). Today it is a popular form for competition as well as for personal health benefits. At the 11th Asian Games of 1990, Wushu was included as an item for competition for the first time with the 42 Form being chosen to represent Tai Chi.
    1.  Commencing Form
    2.  Grasp Peacock's Tail (Stroking Bird's Tail)-Right Side
    3.  Single Whip - Left Side
    4.  Lifting Hands (Raise Hands)
    5.  The White Crane Flashing Wings / Spread Its Wings
    6.  Brush Knee & Twist Step Left and Right Side
    7.  Parry & Turn to Punch (Parry & Strike with Fist)
    8.  Roll Back & Press forward - Right and Left Side
    9.  Step Forward, Parry & Punch (Parry & Push)
  10.  Apparent Close-up
  11.  Opening and Closing of Hands
  12.  Single Whip - Right Side
  13.  (Punch) Fist under Elbow
  14.  Turn Body and Push Palm on Right & Left Side
  15.  Fair Lady Works at the Shuttle - Right & Left Side
  16.  Heel Kicks - Right and Left Side
  17.  Cover with Hand, Punch (Cover Hands; Strike with Arm)
  18.  Wild Horse Parts His Mane - Left & Right Side
  19.  Wave Hands Like Clouds
  20.  Step Backward & Hit the Tiger
  21.  Kicking with Toes Forward - Right Side (Separate Legs)
  22.  Punching (Box) Ears with Both Fists
  23.  LF Kick with Toes Forward - Left Side (Separate Legs)
  24.  Turn Body & Slap R Foot Kick
  25.  Step Forward & Punch Downward
  26.  Oblique Flying
  27.  Lowering Movement (Single Whip & Push Down)
  28.  Golden Cock Standing on One Leg
  29.  Step Backward & Thread (Thrust) Palm
  30.  Press Palm in Empty Stance
  31.  Lifting (Hold Palm Up) Palm & Standing on One Leg
  32.  Body Thrust (Lean with Body) with Half Horse Stance
  33.  Turn Body with Full Roll-Back (for Large Deflecting)
  34.  Hold and Punch in Crossed Squatting Stance (Resting Step)
  35.  Thread Palm and Lowering Movements (Push Down)
  36.  Step Forward Seven Stars
  37.  Step Backward Riding Tiger
  38.  Turn Body with Lotus Kick
  39.  Drawing Bow (Curved Bow) to Shoot Tiger
  40.  Grasp Peacock's Tail (Stroking Bird's Tail) - Left Side
  41.  Cross Hands
  42.  Closing Form
    13 Poetic Postures Broad Sword Set
    67 Move Straight Sword Form