Tai Chi Forms

At the heart of Tai Chi is the form, a carefully choreographed sequence of movements performed slowly and mindfully. There are many different Tai Chi forms, some containing as few as six movements, others containing more than 100 moves.

[practicing Tai Chi in Brooklyn, NY]I practice and teach six different Tai Chi forms, mixing it up from day to day. However, the goal is not to learn or practice as many forms as you can, but rather, to deepen your practice of whatever you are working on at the time, whether it’s a single Tai Chi move, a short sequence of moves, an entire form or a series of forms. More thoughts on practice

HAND FORMS
24 Yang Style 24 Tai Chi Chuan Form
  A great form for beginners and more advanced practitioners alike. Yang style is the most widely practiced style of Tai Chi in the world. It’s best known for its large, open postures; soft, flowing movements; and slow, even pace. The more you practice this form, the more satisfying it becomes.
40 Yang Style 40 Tai Chi Chuan Form
  A longer, more challenging Yang style form that builds on 24 Form. It contains all of the movements in 24, but in different combinations and with added nuances. It also introduces some new, more advanced moves.
42 Combined 42 Tai Chi Chuan Form
  A lively and challenging advanced form that combines movements from the four major styles of Tai Chi Chuan: Yang, Chen, Sun and Wu. Chen is the most vigorous style of Tai Chi and highlights explosive power (fajing). Sun style is known for its small, agile steps and emphasis on qigong. Wu style adds an extra dose of spiral energy.
48 Combined 48 Tai Chi Chuan Form
  A beautiful advanced form that highlights spiraling, circular movements. The resulting energy is wonderful.
WEAPON FORMS
Jian Yang Style Tai Chi Sword (Jian) Form
  Tai Chi with a double-edged straight sword (jian). Big fun!
Dao Yang Style Tai Chi Saber (Dao) Form
  Tai Chi with a saber (dao): a single-edged sword with a slightly curved blade. Awesome.
QIGONG
Q Qigong Warm-up
  The basic warm-up before practicing Tai Chi is the 8 Circles. If you have time, add some Walking Qigong or Xiāng Qìgōng.
8Br 8 Brocade Qigong
  Also translated as “eight silken movements,” this sequence of eight qigong movements is likened to eight pieces of silk brocade, lustrous silk fabrics woven with raised patterns of gold and silver.