34 Movements. An easy to learn, thorough workout
Developed by Michael Gilman to teach the basic principles of Tai Chi Chuan in a form that can be practiced in as little as 6 minutes. Easy to learn, yet it is a thorough workout. It is a good introduction and preparation for continuing on to the Long Form.
This is a special shortened version of the Yang Style Long Form. It contains the essence of the Long Form but eliminates repeats and most of the more challenging balance and foot kick movements. The sequence remains the same, only taking out moves inside the Long Form, so by learning this short form first, no time is wasted if a student wants to continue on with the Long Form.
This form is ideal for people who want to get a start with the study of Tai Chi Chuan, and aren’t sure they want to go through the year or more it takes to learn the Long Form. This short form can be learned in as little as 10 weeks.
Another advantage with this form is that it can be practiced in its entirety in about 6 minutes, as compared to the 20 or so minutes to go through the Long Form. It requires less space, so can be practiced in doors when necessary. Three times through adds up to about 20 minutes which I feel is a minimum for a good Tai Chi workout.
There is a reference video available at the online store to accompany this course.
The sequence is as follows:
|1.||Commencement of T’ai Chi Ch’uan||18.||Grasp Bird’s Tail|
|2.||Ward Off Left||19.||Single Whip|
|3.||Right Push Upward||20.||Wave Hands Like Clouds|
|4.||Roll Back||21.||Single Whip|
|5.||Press||22.||Fair Lady Works at Shuttles|
|6.||Push||23.||Fair Lady Works at Shuttles|
|7.||Fist Under Elbow||24.||Fair Lady Works at Shuttles|
|8.||Step Back and Repulse Monkey – Right||25.||Fair Lady Works at Shuttles|
|9.||Step Back and Repulse Monkey – Left||26.||Grasp Bird’s Tail|
|10.||Step Back and Repulse Monkey Right||27.||Single Whip Creeps Down|
|11.||Slanting Flying||28.||Step Up to Form Seven Stars|
|12.||Raise Hands||29.||Retreat to Ride a Tiger|
|13.||Stork Spreads It’s Wings||30.||Turn Around and Kick Horizontally|
|14.||Left Brush Knee and Twist Step||31.||Shoot a Tiger With Bow|
|15.||Needle at Sea Bottom||32.||Step Up, Deflect downward, and Punch|
|16.||Fan Through the Back||33.||Withdraw and Push|
|17.||Turn and White Snake Puts Out Tongue||34.||Conclusion of T’ai Chi Ch’uan|