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The 16-posture Simplified Form of t'ai chi ch'uan/Taijiquan, (Chinese: 太极拳; pinyin: Tàijíquán) Wu(Hao) Style (武氏), is a short version of Tai chi composed of sixteen movements. This 16 form Wǔ Family style routine was introduced by Wu Wenhan in 2006.

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.

Movements Edit

Commencing (Qǐshì, 起势), Preparation, Beginning

  1. Tuck in robes on left side
  2. Tuck in robes on right side
  3. Brush Knee and Twist Step
  4. Parry and punch
  5. Appears Closed (Rúfēng shìbì, 如封似闭)
  6. Step back and whirl arms on both sides
  7. Oblique single whip
  8. Part the Wild Horse's Mane (Zuoyou Yémǎ Fēnzōng, 左右野马分鬃)
  9. Push palm in bow step
  10. Slap crossed-kick
  11. Step forward and punch down
  12. White snake spits its tongue
  13. Turn body back and push down
  14. Step forward with seven-star
  15. Step backward and straddle the tiger
  16. Clout with both fists


Closing (Shōushì, 收势)

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