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The 16-posture Simplified Form of t'ai chi ch'uan/Taijiquan, (Chinese: 太极拳; pinyin: Tàijíquán) Chen Family Style (陳氏), is a short version of Tai chi composed of sixteen movements.

History Edit

The form was the result of an effort by the Chinese Sports Committee, which, in 1956, brought together four t'ai chi teachers - Chu Guiting, Cai Longyun, Fu Zhongwen, and Zhang Yu - to create a simplified form of t'ai chi as exercise for the masses. The creators truncated the traditional family style t'ai chi forms to 24 postures; taking about six minutes to perform and to give the beginner an introduction to the essential elements of t'ai chi ch'uan, yet retain the traditional flavor of traditional longer hand forms (in general, 88-108 postures). After the creation of that form, The chinese Government commanded the five great Schools of Taichi to create simplified 16-Steps Forms to be used as teaching tools as well as Competition forms. This 16 form Chen style routine was introduced by Chen Zhenglei in 2006:

Movements Edit

  1. Commencing (Qǐshì, 起势), Preparation, Beginning
  2. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin gang dao zhui, 金刚捣碓)
  3. Tuck in the robes (Lan Zha Yi, 掖扎衣)
  4. Six Sealing and Four Closing (Liu Feng Si Bi, 六封四闭), Six four closed
  5. Single Whip (Dān biān, 单鞭)
  6. White Crane Spreads Its Wings (Báihè Lìangchì, 白鹤亮翅)
  7. Walk obliquely Stance (Xie Xing Ao Bu, 斜行)
  8. Brush Knee and Twist Step Forward (Zuoyou Lōuxī Àobù, 左右搂膝拗步)
  9. Cover hands and strike with arm (Yan Shou Gong Quan, 掩手肱捶)
  10. High Pat on Horse (Gāo tàn mǎ, 高探马), Step Up to Examine Horse
  11. Left Heel Kick ( zuǒ dēngjiǎo, 左蹬脚)
  12. Fair Lady Works With Shuttles (Yòuzuǒ yùnǚ chuānsuō, 右左玉女穿梭)
  13. Wave Hand Like Clouds (Yúnshǒu, 云手)
  14. Kick with outer edge of foot
  15. Buddha's Warrior Attendant Pounds Mortar (Jin gang dao zhui, 金刚捣碓)
  16. Closing (Shōushì, 收势)

Applications Edit

16 Form - Chen stil taijiquan (Huang Kang Hui)02:48

16 Form - Chen stil taijiquan (Huang Kang Hui)

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