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Form Lists
a comprehensive list of Forms for the Yang, Sun, Lee, Wu, Peking & other styles

Peking Forms: | Peking (24 posture) Form | Peking (24 Posture) alternative list |

Peking (24 Posture) Alternative List

Mark's note:This list is inlcuded because it differs in its format to the first list.

The entire content has been lifted from James Marshall's webpages, who in turn has copied his lists from other sources. These sources are quoted in italics first, and then his notes are included as they may be of interest.

Copied from Simplified "Taijiquan" revised edition, compiled and translated by China Sports Magazine, published by People's Sports Publishing House of China. Also in Tai Chi Chuan, 24 & 48 Postures with Martial Applications by Liang, Shou-Yu and Wu, Wen-Ching, published by YMAA Publication Center.

This apparently goes by many names including Peking/Beijing Form, Simplified Tai Chi, Chinese National 24 Form Taiji, and probably other similar names. It was developed in 1956 and is based on the most popular sequences of the Yang style, arranged in increasing difficulty. As Dr. Paul Lam's article notes the four sections (my book has eight, so I guess he paired them up) are arranged very logically -- the first has gentle stretching of the limbs, the second has more stretching and turning with Grasp the Bird's Tail as the theme of the form, the third has the climax with the most difficult moves like heel kicks, and the fourth has technically difficult but less physically demanding moves and slower, winding down movements to finish. It is performed at a slow, even pace and can be completed in approximately 4-6 minutes.

Section 1
1.Commencing Form
2.Part Wild Horse's Mane on Both Sides
3.White Crane Flashes Its Wings
Section 2
4.Brush Knee on Both Sides
5.Strum the Lute
6.Curve Back Arms on Both Sides
Section 3
7.Grasp the Bird's Tail -- Left Style
8.Grasp the Bird's Tail -- Right Style
Section 4
9.Single Whip
10.Wave Hands Like Clouds -- Left Style
11.Single Whip
Section 5
12.High Pat on Horse
13.Kick with Right Heel
14.Strike Opponent's Ears with Both Fists
15.Turn and Kick with Left Heel
Section 6
16.Push Down and Stand on One Leg -- Left Style
17.Push Down and Stand on One Leg -- Right Style
Section 7
18.Work at Shuttles on Both Sides
19.Needle at Sea Bottom
20.Flash Arm
Section 8
21.Turn to Deflect Downward, Parry and Punch
22.Apparent Close-up
23.Cross Hands
24.Closing Form

list from: http://www.astro.umd.edu/~marshall/taichi.html

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