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The Tai Chi Netguide 
a full and comprehensive online step-by-step guides to the Yang Forms and warm-ups

the Form in a small space


Tai Chi is verstaile: it can be executed amongst peers, or alone. It can be practised in any space without the use of specialised equipment - outdoors, in a hall, at home. The Yang form can however, take up a reasonably large amount of area during the course of its entirety. Whilst this is fine for a hall or dojo, doing it indoors at home may present problems due to space limitations, especially if you cannot go into a garden instead. Different practicioners will find different ways of overcoming this, and indeed some may forsake the Yang form altogether for the Lee form, which in theory can be executed inside a square metre. For myself, I have adapted the Yang form only very slightly, in order that the complete sequences may be executed within an area of only 7 to 8 feet by six feet.

space layout

This is quite a small area for the complete Yang form (we have in fact done it within a smaller area than this!), however is feasible by following a basic tip: for each move that requires you to step forwards/back, etc. reduce the length of the stride by up to a third. This will not compromise the move, and your other body actions will find a balance for the decreased step.

The following list describes the form using the tip above, plus key points where slight adaptaions are neccessary to keep within the space over the course of the following moves. They are the method by which I practice at home - others may differ or you may find your own way - so use this guide as a start only.

 


1st. Sequence (compass-point directions described are as in the diagram above)
1. Preparation Start in the area roughly outlined in the diagram above.
2. Beginning
3. Grasp Sparrows Tail - ward off left reduce your step lengths for all moves...
4. Grasp Sparrows Tail - ward off right
5. Grasp Sparrows Tail - rollback
6. Grasp Sparrows Tail - press
7. Grasp Sparrows Tail - withdraw
8. Grasp Sparrows Tail - push
9. Single Whip
10. Lift Hands
11. Retreat Shoulder as you step back, take a longer stride to get you back nearer S.
12. Strike With Shoulder step forward with a smaller step than the stride in retreat shoulder
13. Stork Spreads Wings  
14. Brush Knee And Twist Step - Left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
15. Play Guitar take a much longer step backwards (E)
16. Brush Knee And Twist Step - Left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
17. Brush Knee - right take a much smaller stride diagonally NW instead of W
18. Brush Knee - left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
19. Play Guitar take a much longer step backwards (E)
20. Brush knee - left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
21. Step Forward, Parry and Punch
22. Apparaent Closure and Push
23. Cross Hands you should end up in roughly the area as described in the diagram above.

2nd. Sequence
1. Carry Tiger And Return To Mountain reduce your step lengths for all moves...
2. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
3. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
4. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
5. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
6. Single Whip
7. Fist Under Elbow by the end of this move, you want to be as far W as you can
8. Step Back And Repulse Monkey three times smaller steps backwards (E)
9. Slant Flying
10. Lift Hands as you step with your left leg W into lift hands, take as long a stride as you can into a low polk stance before rising to lift the hands. This gets you further W
11. Retreat Shoulder take a long step back and diagonally SW
12. Strike With Shoulder take a smaller step forward N
13. Stork Spreads Wings
14. Brush Knee And Twist Step - Left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
15. Needle At Sea Bottom step back a short distance E to begin this
16. Fan Through the Back
17. Turn, Parry And Punch
18. Step Forward, Parry And Punch
19. Apparent Closure And Push
20. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Left
21. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Right
22. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
23. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
24. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
25. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
26. Single Whip
27. Wave Hands Like Clouds
28. Side Single Whip
29. High Pat On Horse
30. Separate Right Foot make sure you take a wide step SSW
31. Separate Left Foot step diagonally WWN
32. Turn And Kick With Left Heel
33. Brush Knee And Twist Step - Left
34. Brush Knee And Twist Step - Right
35. Step Forward And Punch With Fist
36. Turn parry And Punch
37. Step Forward, Parry And Punch
38. Apparent Closure And Push
39. Right Heel Kick
40. Hit Tiger - left
41. Hit Tiger - Right
42. Right Heel Kick
43. Strike Opponents Ears with Both Fists
44. Left Heel Kick
45. Turn and Kick with Right Heel
46. Step Forward, parry and Punch
47. Apparent Closure and Push
48. Cross Hands you should end up in the same end position as before (see diagram above).

3rd. Sequence
1. Carry Tiger And Return To Mountain reduce your step lengths for all moves...
2. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
3. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
4. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
5. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
6. Single Whip
7. Parting Wild Horses
8. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Left
9. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Right
10. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
11. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
12. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
13. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
14. Single Whip
15. Fair Lady Works At Shuttles keep these steps fairly small
16. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Left
17. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Right
18. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
19. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
20. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
21. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
22. Single Whip
23. Wave Hands Like Clouds
24. Side Single Whip
25. Snake Creeps Down this needs to end up as far W as possible
26. Golden Cock Stands On One Leg - left
27. Golden Cock Stands On One Leg - Right
28. Step Back And Repulse Monkey
29. Slant Flying
30. Lift Hands as you step with your left leg W into lift hands, take as long a stride as you can into a low polk stance before rising to lift the hands. This gets you further W
31. Retreat Shoulder
take a long step back and diagonally SW
32. Strike With Shoulder take a smaller step forward N
33. Stork Spreads its Wings
34. Brush Knee - Left take a much smaller stride diagonally SW instead of W
35. Needle at the Bottom of the Sea step back a short distance E to begin this
36. Fan Through the Back
37. Turn Parry and Punch
38. Step Forward, Parry and Punch
39. Apparent Closure and Push
40. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Left
41. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Right
42. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
43. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
44. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
45. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
46. Single Whip
47. Wave Hands Like Clouds
48. Side Single Whip
49. High Pat On Horse
50. Cross Hands
51. Separate And Kick Right Heel
52. Step Forward And Punch With Fist
53. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Left
54. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Ward Off Right
55. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Rollback
56. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Press
57. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Withdraw
58. Grasp Sparrows Tail - Push
59. Single Whip
60. Snake Creeps Down this should not end up as far W as the previous snake
61. Step Forward To Seven Stars
62. Step Back To Ride Tiger
63. Turn Body And Sweep Lotus With Leg
64. Bend Bow And Shoot Tiger
65. Step Forward, Parry And Punch
66. Apparent Closure And Push
67. Cross Hands
68. Conclusion you should be roughly in the same end position as previously (see diagram)

 

 
Tai Chi is verstaile: it can be executed amongst peers, or alone. It can be practised in any space without the use of specialised equipment - outdoors, in a hall, at home. The Yang form can however, take up a reasonably large amount of area during the course of its entirety. Whilst this is fine for a hall or dojo, doing it indoors at home may present problems due to space limitations
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