List of Tai Chi forms

List of tai chi forms taught at BLFTC from beginners forms to the more advanced sequences:

Below you will find the list of the following tai chi form for the 10 Yang style tai chi forms for beginners by Mrs Bao, the Official Chinese 10 Yang style tai chi forms for beginners, the 16 Yang style tai chi forms, the Standard 24 Yang style tai chi forms by Master Li Tanji, the English simplified 24 forms created by Jifu Huang, the 88 Yang style tai chi forms, the 32 tai chi forms, the 40 International Competition forms, the 42 International Competition rorms, 18-steps taiji sword & 32-steps taiji sword by Master Li Tanji.

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Mrs Bao’s 10 Yang style tai chi forms for beginners:

In 1992 Mrs Men Bao,¬†founder of ‘Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi’ (BLFTC), created this sequence of 10 tai chi forms for her own students. This was before the official one was created in China in 1999. Mrs Bao realised the need in the West for a shorter set of forms for beginners as up until then the shortest sequence of forms was the famous 24 forms, created in 1956 by Master Li Tanji’, nicknamed ‘Lungfei’ from whom our tai chi club gets its name.

1- COMMENCING FORM (QI SHIH)
2- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL / LEFT&RIGHT (LAN CH’UEH WEI)
3- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)
4- CLOUD HANDS (YUN SHOU)
5- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)
6- RAISE HAND (TI SHOU)
7- WHITE CRANE FLASHES ITS WINGS (BAI HE LIANG CHI)
8- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP / LEFT/RIGHT/LEFT (LOU XI AO BU)
9- CROSS HANDS (SHI ZI SHOU)
10- CLOSING THE TAI CHI (SOU SHIH)

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Official Chinese 10 Yang style tai chi forms for beginners:

The official Chinese 10 tai chi forms, created in China in 1999. This sequence is sometimes known as the 8 forms as first and last forms are not always counted:

1- COMMENCING FORM (QI SHIH)

2- HIGH PAT ON HORSE (GAO TAN MA) X2

3- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP ON BOTH SIDES (LOU XI AO BU) X2

4- PART WILD HORSES MAINE ON BOTH SIDES (YE MA FEN ZONG) X2

5- CLOUD HANDS (YUN SHOU) X2

6- GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG (XIA SHIH DU LI)

7- KICK WITH HEEL (YOU DENG JIAO)

8- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL (LAN CH’UEH WEI) RIGHT/LEFT

9- CROSS HANDS (SHI ZI SHOU)

10- CLOSING THE TAI CHI (SHOU SHIH)

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16 Yang style tai chi forms:

1- COMMENCING FORM (QI SHIH)

2- PART WILD HORSES MAINE ON BOTH SIDES (YE MA FEN ZONG) X2

3- WHITE CRANE FLASHES IT’S WINGS (BAI HE LIANG CHI)

4- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP ON BOTH SIDES (LOU XI AO BU) X2

5- PARRY AND PUNCH (BAN LAN CHUI)

6- APPARENT CLOSE-UP (RU FENG SI BI)

7- SINGLE WHIP (TANPIEN)

8- STRUM THE LUTE (SHOU HUI PI PA)

9- REPULSE THE MONKEY/CURVE BACK ARMS (DAO NIAN HAO) X2

10- FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES (CHUAN SUO) RIGHT/LEFT X2

11- NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM (HAI DI ZHEN)

12- FAN THROUGH THE BACK/FLASH ARMS (SHAN TONG BEI)

13- CLOUD HANDS (YUN SHOU) X2

14- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL (LAN CH’UEH WEI) RIGHT/LEFT

15- CROSS HANDS (SHI ZI SHOU)

16- CLOSING THE TAI CHI (SHOU SHIH)

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The Standard 24 Yang style tai chi forms:

This sequence was created by the famous¬† Master Li Tanji in 1956, Li Tanji was nicknamed ‘Lungfei’ from whom our tai chi club gets its name

1- COMMENCING FORM (QI SHIH)

2- PART WILD HORSE’S MANE ON BOTH SIDES (YE MA FEN ZONG) X3

3- WHITE CRANE FLASHES ITS WINGS (BAI HE LIANG CHI)

4- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP ON BOTH SIDES (LOU XI AO BU) X3

5- STRUM THE LUTE (SHOU HUI PI BA)

6- REPULSE THE MONKEY/CURVE BACK ARMS / LEFT & RIGHT (DAO NIAN HAO) X4

7- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL / LEFT (LAN CH’UEH WEI)

8- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL / RIGHT (LAN CH’UEH WEI)

9- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)

10- CLOUD HANDS / LEFT (YUN SHOU) X3

11- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)

12- HIGH PAT ON HORSE (GAO TAN MA)

13- KICK WITH RIGHT HEEL / RIGHT (YOU DENG JIAO)

14- STRIKE OPPONENT’S EARS WITH FISTS (SHUANG FENG GUAN ER)

15- TURN AND KICK WITH LEFT HEEL (ZHUANG SHEN DENG JIAO)

16- DESCENDING SINGLE WHIP/PUSH DOWN / LEFT AND GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG / LEFT (XIA SHIH DU LI)

17- DESCENDING SINGLE WHIP/PUSH DOWN / RIGHT AND GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG / RIGHT (XIA SHIH DU LI)

18- FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES / LEFT & RIGHT (CHUAN SUO) X2

19- NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM (HAI DI ZHEN)

20- FAN THROUGH THE BACK/FLASH ARMS (SHAN TONG BEI)

21- TURN TO DEFLECT DOWNWARDS, PARRY AND PUNCH (ZHUAN SHEN BAN LAN CUI)

22- APPARENT CLOSE-UP (RU FENG SI BI)

23- CROSS HANDS (SHI ZI SHOU)

24- CLOSING THE TAI CHI (SOU SHIH)

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English simplified 24 forms created by Jifu Huang:

1- COMMENCING FORM (QI SHI)
2- GRASP THE BIRDS TAIL (LAN CH’UEH WEI)
3- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)
4- RAISE HAND (TI SHOU)
5- WHITE CRANE FLASHES IT’S WINGS (BAI HE LIANG CHI)
6- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP (LOU XI AO BOU)
7- STRUM THE LUTE (SHOU HUI PIPA)
8- STEP BACK TO REPULSE THE MONKEY (DAO JUAN HONG)
9- FLYING OBLIQUE (XIE FEI SHI)
10- CLOUD HANDS (YUN SHOU)
11- SINGLE WHIP (TAN PIEN)
12- HIGH PAT ON HORSE (GAO TAN MA)
13- KICK WITH RIGHT HEEL (YOU DENG JIAO)
14- STRIKE OPPONENT’S EARS WITH FISTS (SHUANG FENG GUANER)

15- TURN AND KICK WITH LEFT HEEL (DENG JIAO)
16- DESCENDING SINGLE WHIP (XIA SHOU)
17- GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG (DU LI)
18- FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLE (CHUAN SHUO)
19- NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM (HAI DI ZHEN)
20- FLASH ARMS (SHAN TONG BEI)
21- DEFLECT DOWNWARDS, PARRY AND PUNCH (BAN LAN CHUI)
22- APPARENT CLOSE-UP (RU FENG SHI BI)
23- CROSS HANDS (SHI ZI SHOU)
24- CLOSING THE TAI CHI (SHOU SHI)

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The 88 Yang style tai chi forms – known as the long form:

Also known as the 108 forms, depending if every move is counted when one move is repeated several times.

1st section:

1-PREPARATORY
2- OPENING FORM
3- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
4- SINGLE WHIP
5- RAISE HANDS
6- WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS
7- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP
8- STRUM THE LUTE
9- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP – (X3)
10- STRUM THE LUTE
11- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
12- APPARENT CLOSE UP (SHUT THE DOOR)
13- CROSS HANDS

2nd section:

14- CARRY THE TIGER TO THE MOUNTAIN
15- DIAGONAL GRASP THE BIRDS TAIL
16- FIST UNDER ELBOW
17- STEP BACK, REPULSE THE MONKEY (X3)
18- FLYING OBLIQUE
19- STRUM THE LUTE
20- WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS
21- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP
22- NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM
23- FAN THROUGH THE BACK
24- TURN THE BODY AND PUNCH
25- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
26- STEP UP, GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
27- SINGLE WHIP
28- CLOUD HANDS (X5)
29- SINGLE WHIP
30- HIGH PAT ON HORSE
31- KICK TO THE RIGHT SIDE WITH TOES
32- KICK TO THE LEFT SIDE WITH TOES
33- TURN BODY AND KICK WITH LEFT HEEL
34- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP (X2)
35- STEP UP AND PUNCH DOWNWARDS
36- WHITE SNAKE SHOWING TOUNGUE
37- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
38- KICKS TO THE RIGHT SIDE WITH HEEL
39- STEP BACK & TAME TIGER – LEFT
40- TAME THE TIGER – RIGHT
41- SWIVEL LEFT & KICK RIGHT HEEL
42- HIT EARS WITH BOTH FISTS
43- KICK LEFT HEEL
44- STEP ACROSS & SWIVEL TO KICK RIGHT HEEL
45- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
46- APPARENT CLOSE UP (SHUT THE DOOR)
47- CROSS HANDS

3rd section:

48- CARRY THE TIGER TO THE MOUNTAIN
49- DIAGONAL GRASP THE BIRDS TAIL
50- SIDE STEP SINGLE WHIP
51- PART WILD HORSE’S MANE – (X4)
52- STEP UP, GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
53- SINGLE WHIP
54- FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES – (X4)
55- STEP UP & GRASP THE BIRDS TAIL
56- SINGLE WHIP
57- CLOUD HANDS (X5)
58- SINGLE WHIP
59- SNAKE CREEPS DOWN
60- GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG – (X2)
61- REPULSE THE MONKEY – (X3)
62- FLYING OBLIQUE
63- RAISE HAND
64- WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS
65- BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP – LEFT
66- NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTON
67- FAN TROUGH THE BACK
68- TURN THE BODY AND PUNCH
69- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
70- STEP UP & GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
71- SINGLE WHIP
72- CLOUD HANDS (X3)
73- SINGLE WHIP
74- HIGH PAT ON HORSE
75- CROSS PALMS BACK TO BACK
76- TURN AROUND & KICK FORWARDS
77- BRUSH KNEE & PUNCH TO THE GROIN
78- STEP UP & GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
79- SINGLE WHIP
80- SNAKE CREEPS DOWN
81- STEP UP, SEVEN STAR POSE
82- TURN RIGHT & RETREAT TO RIDE THE TIGER
83- TURN THE BODY, DOUBLE LOTUS KICK
84- BEND THE BOW TO SHOOT THE TIGER
85- STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
86- APPARENT CLOSE UP (SHUT THE DOOR)
87- CROSS HANDS
88- CLOSING FORM

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The 32 tai chi forms:

the 32 sequence contains a combination of several styles of tai chi. This is a good set of forms as a prelude to the Official 42 International Competition tai chi forms .

1st section:

COMMENCING FORM
GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
SINGLE WHIP
STRUM THE LUTE
PARRY, DEFLECT AND PUNCH
APPARENT CLOSE-UP
BRUSH KNEE, TWIST STEP

2nd section:

SINGLE WHIP
CLOUD HANDS X3
PART WILD HORSE’S MANE X2
NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM
FAN THROUGH THE BACK/FLASH ARMS
GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL

3rd section:

TURN BODY AND PUNCH
ROLL BACK AND PRESS HANDS
RIGHT TOE KICK – HAND HITTING TOES
LEFT TOE KICK
RIGHT KICK WITH FISTS
STEP UP AND PUNCH DOWNWARDS
FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES X2

4th section:

LEFT FIST UNDER RIGHT ELBOW/STEP BACK WITH LEFT LEG
X3 – STEP BACK TO REPULSE MONKEY
SNAKES CREEPS DOWN
GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG
SNAKES CREEPS DOWN
CROSS FISTS

5th section:

STEP BACK OPEN HANDS
TURN LOTUS KICK
SHOOT THE TIGER
GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
APPARENT CLOSE UP
CLOSING THE TAI CHI

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The 40 International Competition Forms of Yang style tai chi chuan:

1st section:

OPENING FORM
GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
SINGLE WHIP
RAISE HAND
WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS
BRUSH KNEE, TWIST, STEP (X3)
STRUM THE LUTE
STEP UP, WARD OFF AND PUNCH
APPARENT CLOSE UP

2nd section:

FLYING OBLIQUE/DIAGONAL FLYING
FIST UNDER ELBOW
STEP BACK TO REPULSE THE MONKEY (X2)
FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES (X2)
PART THE WILD HORSES MANE (X2)

3rd section:

WAVE HANDS LIKE CLOUDS (X3)
SINGLE WHIP
HIGH PAT ON HORSE
KICK TO THE RIGHT SIDE WITH HEEL
HIT EAR WITH BOTH FISTS
KICK TO THE LEFT SIDE WITH TOES
TURN, KICK TO THE RIGHT SIDE WITH HEEL
NEEDLE AT SEA BOTTOM
FLASHING ARMS

4th section:

TURN AND STRIKE
CROSS HANDS, STRIKE RIGHT LEG
TAME THE TIGER (LEFT & RIGHT)
DESCENDING SINGLE WHIP
GOLDEN ROOSTER STANDS ON ONE LEG (LEFT & RIGHT)
BRUSH KNEE AND PUNCH TO THE GROIN
GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL
SINGLE WHIP
DESCENDING SINGLE WHIP
STEP UP AND CROSS FISTS (SEVEN STAR POSE)
STEP BACK TO RIDE THE TIGER
TURN BODY, DOUBLE LOTUS KICK
BEND THE BOW TO SHOUT THE TIGER
STEP UP, WARD OFF & PUNCH
APPARENT CLOSE UP
CROSS HANDS
CLOSING FORM

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The 42 International Competition Formscovering several styles of tai chi chuan:

1st section:

1- COMMENCING FORM

2- GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL

3- SINGLE WHIP

4- RAISE HANDS

5- WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS

6- BRUSH KNEE TWIST STEP

7- HAMMER FIST

8- ROLL BACK AND PRESS HANDS

9- STEP UP PARRY AND PUNCH

10- APPARENT CLOSE UP

2nd section:

11- OPEN AND CLOSE HANDS

12- SINGLE WHIP

13- FIST UNDER ELBOW

14- REPULSE THE MONKEY

15- FAIR LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLES

16- HEEL KICK ON BOTH SIDES

17- CLOSE HANDS AND PUNCH

18- PARTING THE WILD HORSES MANE

3rd section:

19- WAVE HANDS LIKE CLOUDS

20- STAND ON ONE LEG AND STRIKE TIGER

21- TOE KICK

22- DOUBLE PUNCH

23- TOE KICK

24- TURN AROUND AND KICK

25- STEP UP AND PUNCH DOWN

26- FLYING OBLIQUE/DIAGONAL FLYING

27- SINGLE WHIP AND SNAKE CREEPS DOWN

28- GOLDEN COCK STANDS ON ONE LEG

29- STEP BACK AND JAB

4th section:

30- TURN AND PALM PRESS DOWN

31- STAND ON ONE LEG

32- SHOULDER PUSH IN HORSE STANCE

33- TURN AND PULL BACK

34- TWIST STEP AND STRIKE

35- SNAKES CREEPS DOWN

36- STEP UP AND CROSS FISTS

37- STEP BACK AND RIDE THE TIGER

38- TURN AND SWING KICK

39- PULL BOWW TO SHOOT TIGER

40- GRASP THE BIRDS TAIL

41- CROSS HANDS

42- CLOSING FORM

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18-steps taiji sword:

Sometimes also know as the 16 sword as first and last moves are not always counted. There are more than one set of 18 sword sequences.

Ready position (Yubeishi)

Beginning position (Qishi)

Stand with feet together and point (Bingbu Dianjian)

Back step and strike backhand (Chebu Fanji)

Step in and stab with flat sword (Jinbu Pingci)

Horizontal draw to the right (Xiangyou Pingdai)

Horizontal draw to the left (Xiangzuo Pingdai)

One leg stance and stab up (Duli Shangci)

Turn the body and chop down (Zhuanxhen Lumpi)

Empty stance and point forward (Xubu Qian Zi)

Stand upright with feet together and stab with a flat sword (Bingbu Pinci)

Right bow stance and block (You Gongbu Lan)

Left bow stance and block (Zuo Gongbu Lan)

Step in and stab backhand (Jimbu fanci)

Bow stance, circle and chop down (Gongbu Lumpi)

T-stance and pull back (Dinabu Huichou)

Turn around and smear horizontally (Xuanzhuan Pingmo)

Bow stance and stab straight (Gongbu Zhici)

Closing position (Shoushi)

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32-steps taiji sword:

This sequence was also created by the famous¬† Master Li Tanji, nicknamed ‘Lungfei’ from whom our tai chi club gets its name. The first and last moves are not counted in this sequence.

Ready position (Yubeishi)

Beginning position (Qishi)

Part 1

1. Stand with feet together and point (Bingbu Dianjian)
2. One leg stance and reverse stab (Duli Fanci)
3. Crouch stance and sweep to the side (Pubu Hengsao)
4. Horizontal draw to the right (Xiangyou Pingdai)
5. Horizontal draw to the left (Xiangzuo Pingdai)
6. One leg stance, circle and chop down (Duli Lumpi)
7. Step back and draw the sword back (Tuibu Huichou)
8. One leg stance and stab up (Duli Shangci)

Part 2

9. Empty stance ad intercept downward (Xubu Xiajie)
10. Left bow stance and stab (Zuogongbu)
11. Turn the body and draw on a slant (Zhuanshen Xiedai)
12. Contract the body and draw on the diagonal (Suoshen Xiedai)
13. Raise the knee and hold the sword (Tixi Pengjian)
14. Jump step and stab with a flat sword (Tiaobu Pinci)
15. Left empty stance and slice upward (Zuo Xubu Liao)
16. Right bow stance and slice upward (You Gonbu liao)

Part 3

17. Turn the body and pull back (Zhuanshen Huichou)
18. Stand upright with feet together and stab with a flat sword (Bingbu Pinci)
19. Left bow stance and block (Zuo Gongbu Lan)
20. Right bow stance and block (You Gongbu Lan)
21. Left bow stance and block (Zuo Gongbu Lan)
22. Step in and stab backhand (Jimbu fanci)
23. Reverse body and chop behind (fanshen Huipi)
24. Empty stance and point the sword (Xubu Dianjian)

Part 4

25. One leg stance and lift horizontally (Duli Pingtuo)
26. Bow stance, hook and chop (Gongbu Guapi)
27. Empty stance, circle sword and chop (Xubu Lumpi)
28. Back step and strike backhand (Chebu Fanji)
29. Step in and stab with flat sword (Jinbu Pingci)
30. T-stance and pull back (Dinabu Huichou)
31. Turn around and smear horizontally (Xuanzhuan Pingmo)
32. Bow stance and stab straight (Gongbu Zhici)

Closing position (Shoushi)