Welcome to Shen Clinic Tai Chi Chuan Club.

Tai Chi Chuan (also called Tai Ji Quan) is a traditional Chinese martial art and a Chinese treasure.

In Chinese “Tai” means the highest or supreme, as in describing the highest heaven or supreme ruler. Chi (Ji) means the last or the ultimate. The word “Tai Chi” (Tai Ji) first appeared in the book “Yijing”, which was written more than 3,000 years ago, in a reference to the most primitive state of the universe, the origin of all changes, or the highest realm of existence.

Here Tai Chi refers to the origin of changes, the most primitive state from which everything evolves. It is the highest state of existence. Throughout the ages, Chinese scholars have offered different philosophical interpretations of the world based on the Tai Chi Yin-Yang theory.  

They are five traditional Ti Chi Chuan styles in China. However, the popular are Yang and Chen style. During the 1950’s, the Chinese Athletic Committee, organized a team to compile the 24 postures of simplified Tai Chi Chuan. This compilation was based on the foundation of Yang style. The movements of this new simplified Tai Chi Chuan are easy to learn and the postures are accurate and standardized. These 24 postures of simplified Tai Chuan have been popularly welcomed and practiced both in China and many countries in the last forty years.

In 1989, The Chinese Martial Arts Research Institute organized prominent martial artists, and coaches from all over China to create a series of martial arts sports competition forms in seven areas: Long Fist Boxing, South Style Boxing, Thi Cai Chuan, Broadsword Play, Swordplay, Cudgel Play and Spear Play. Among the forms created was 42 postures Tai Chuan and Sword.

Tai Chi Chuan is beneficial to people of all ages and all lifestyles. It integrates the physical external and the meditative internal. It is one of the few sports that improve balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength, and cardiovascular health.


Key points for the general practice of Tai Chi Chuan:

1.      Push the head up; be calm and natural 

(Xuan Ding Zheng Rong 悬顶正)

2.      Keep the shoulders and elbows down

(Chen Jian Zhui Zhou 沉肩坠肘)

3.      Stretch the arms with empty armpits

(Zhan Bi Xu Ye 展臂虚腋)

4.      Relax the fingers and lower the wrist

(Shu Zhi Ta Wan 舒指塌腕)

5.      Sink the chest and broaden the back

(Han Xiong Ba Bei 含胸拔背)

6.      Relax the waist and straighten the spine

(Song Yao Zheng Ji 松腰正脊)

7.      Keep the hips and buttocks down

(Suo Kuan Lian Tun 缩髋敛臀)

8.      Lift up the perineum and keep the abdomen firm

(Ti Gang Shi Fu 提肛实腹)

9.      Bend the legs and drop the hips

(Qu Tui Luo Kua 屈腿落胯)

10. Keep the knees flexible and the feet solid on the ground

(Huo Xi Kou Zu 活膝扣足)


Names of the movements of 24 Tai Chi Chuan Form

1.      Beginning position

(Qishi 起勢)

2.      Part the wild horse’s mane - left and right

(Zuoyou Yema Fenzong 野馬分鬃)

3.      White crane spreads its wings

(Baihe Liangch 白鶴亮翅)

4.      Brush aside over the knee in reverse forward stance

(Louxi Aobu 摟膝拗步)

5.      Play the Lute

(Shouhui pipa 手揮琵琶)

6.      Step back and curl the arms – left and right

(Zuoyou Daojuangong 倒卷肱)

7.      Grasp the peacock’s tail on the left

(Zuo Lanquewei 左攬雀尾)

8.      Grasp the peacock’s tail on the right

(You Lanquewei 右攬雀尾)

9.      Single whip

(Danbian 單鞭)

10. Move the hands like clouds

(Yunshou 雲手)

11. Single whip

(Danbian 單鞭)

12. High pat on horse

(Gaotanma 高探馬)

13. Kick with the right heel

(You Dengjiao 右蹬腳)

14. Strike the opponent’s ears with both fists

(Shuangfeng Guaner 雙封貫耳)

15. Turn and kick with the left heel

(Zhuanshen Zuo Dengjiao 轉身左蹬腳)

16. Push down and stand on the left legs

(Zuo Xiashi Duli 左下勢獨立)

17. Push down and stand on the right legs

(You Xiashi Duli 右下勢獨立)

18. Move the shuttle left and right

(Zuoyou Chuansuo 左右穿梭)

19. Needle at bottom of the sea

(Haidi Zhen 海底針)

20. Send a flash through the arms

(Shntongbi 閃通臂)

21. Turn the body, deflect, Block and punch

(Zhuanshen Banlanchui 轉身搬攔捶)

22. Pull back then push, as if to close

(Rufeng Sibi 如封似閉)

23. Cross Hands

(Shizishou 十字手)

24. Closing position

(Shoushi 收勢)

 Names of the Movements of 42 Tai Chi Chuan Form

1.      Beginning position

(Qishi起勢)

2.  Grasp the Peacock’s Tail on the Right

(You Lanquewei 右攬雀尾)

3.      Single Whip on the Left Side

(Zuo Danbian左單邊)

4.      Lifting Hands

(Ti Shou提手) 

5.      The White Crane Spread Its Wings

(Baihe Liangchi 白鶴亮翅)

6.      Brush over Knee in Reverse Forward Stance

(Louxi Aobu 摟膝拗步)

7.      Parry and Punch with Fist

(Pieshenchui 撇身捶)

8.      Roll Back and Press forward on Right & Left

(Lujishi 捋擠式)

9.      Step Forward, Parry & Punch

(Jinbu Banlanchui進步搬攔捶

10. Pull Back the Push to Close-up

(Rufeng Sibi 如封似閉)

11. Open and Close the Hands

(Kaihe Shou開合手)

12. Single Whip on Right Side

(You Danbian右單鞭)

13. Fist Under Elbow

(Zhodichui肘底捶)

14. Turn Body and Push Palm on Right & Left  

(Zhuanshen Tuizhang轉身推掌)

15. Jade Lady Works at the Shuttle on Right & Left Side

(YunuChuansuo玉女穿梭)

16. Heel Kicks on Right and Left

(Youzuo Dengjiao 右左蹬腳)

17. Conceal with Hand and Punch with Arm

(Yanshou Gongchui)  掩手肱捶

18. Parts the Wild Horse’s Mane on Left & Right

(Yema Fenzong 野馬分鬃)

19. Wave Hands Like Clouds

(Yunshou 雲手)

20. Step Backward and Stand on One leg to Hit the Tiger

(Duli Dahu) 獨立打虎

21. Kicking with Toes Forward on Right

(You Fenjiao 右分腳)

22. Punching Ears with Both Fists

(Shuangfen Guaner雙峰貫耳)

23. Kick with Toes Forward on Left

(Zuo Fenjiao 左分腳)

24. Turn the Body and Pat the Foot 

(Zhuanshen Paijiao轉身拍腳)

25. Step Forward & Punch Downward 

(Jinbu Zaichui 進步栽捶)

26. Diagonal Flying Posture

(Xiefeishi 斜飛式)

27. Single Whip and Push Down

(Danbian Xiashi 單鞭下勢)

28. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg 

(Jinji Duli金雞獨立)

29. Step Backward & Thrust the Palm 

(Tuibu Chuanzhang 退步穿掌)

30. Press Palm Down in Empty Stance 

(Xubu Yazhang 虛步壓掌)

31. Lifting Palm and Standing on One Leg 

(Duli Tuozhang 獨立托掌)

32. Lean with Body with Riding Horse Stance

(Mabukao 馬步靠)

33. Turn the Body with Full Roll-Back

(Zhuanshen Dalu 轉身大捋)

34. Hold and Punch in Crossed Squatting Stance

(Xiebu Qinda 歇步擒打)

35. Thread Palm and Lowering Movements

(Chuanzhang Xiashi 穿掌下勢)

36. Step Forward Seven Stars

(Shangbu Qixing 上步七星)

37. Step Backward and Riding Tiger

(Tuibu Kuahu 退步跨虎)

38. Turn the Body with Lotus Kick 

(Zhuanshen Bailian 轉身擺蓮)

39. Draw the Bow to Shoot Tiger 

(Wangong Shehu 彎弓射虎)

40. Grasp Peacock's Tail on Left

(Zuo Lanquewei 左攬雀尾)

41. Cross Hands 

(Shizishou十字手)

42. Closing Position

(Shoushi 收勢)


Names of the Movements of 32 Tai Chi Sword

Beginning position (Qishi起勢)

1.      Stand with the Feet Together and Point

(Bingbu Dianjian並步點劍)

2.      One-leg Stance and Reverse Stab

(Duli Fanci獨立反刺)

3.      Crouch Stance and Sweep to the Side

(Pubu Hengsao撲步橫掃)

4.      Horizontal Draw to the Right

(Xiangyou Pingdai向右平帶)

5.      Horizontal Draw to the left

(Xiangzuo Pingdai向左平帶)

6.      One-leg Stance , Circle and Chop Down

(Duli Lunpi獨立掄劈)

7.      Step Back and Draw the Sword Back

(Tuibu Huichou退步回抽)

8.      One-leg Stance and Stab Up

(Duili Shangci獨立上刺)

9.      Empty Stance and Intercept Downward

(Xubu Xiajie虛步下截)

10. Left Bow Stance and Stab

(Zuogong Buci 左弓步刺)

11. Turn the Body and Draw on a Slant

(Zhuanshe Xiedai 轉身斜帶)

12. Contract Body and Draw on the Diagonal

(Suoshen Xiedai縮身斜帶)

13. Raise the Knee and Hold the Sward

(Tixi Pengjian提膝捧劍)

14. Jump Step and Stab with a Flat Sword

(Tiaobu Pingci跳步平刺)

15. Left Empty Stance and Slice Upward

(Zuo Xubu Liao左虛步撩)

16. Right Bow Stance and Slice Upward

(You Gongbu Liao右弓步撩)

17. Turn the Body and Pull Back

(Zhuanshen Huichou轉身回抽)

18. Stand Upright with Feet Together and Stab with a Flat Sword

(Bingbu Pingci並步平刺)

19. Left Bow Stance and Block

(Zuo Gongbu Lan左弓步攔)

20. Right Bow Stance and Block

(You Gongbu Lan右弓步攔)

21. Left Bow Stance and Block

(Zuo Gongbu Lan左弓步攔)

22. Step In and Stab Backhand

(Jinbu Fanci進步反刺)

23. Reverse Body and Chop Behind

(Fanshen Huipi返身回劈)

24. Empty Stance and Point the Sword

(Xubu Dianjian虛步點劍)

25. One-leg Stance and Lift Horizontally

(Duli Pingtuo獨立平托)

26. Bow Stance, Hook and Chop

(Gongbu Guapi弓步挂劈)

27. Empty Stance, Circle Sword and Chop

(Xubu Lunpi虛步掄劈)

28. Back Step and Strike Backhand

(Chebu Fonji撤步反擊)

29. Step In and Stab with a Flat Sword

(Jinbu Pingci進步平刺)

30. T-Stance and Pull Back

(Dingbu Huichou丁步回抽)

31. Turn Around and Smear Horizontally

(Xuanzhuan Pingmo旋轉平抹)

32. Bow Stance and Stab Straight

(Gongbu Zhici弓步直刺)

Closing Position (Shoushi收勢)


Names of the Movements of 42 Tai Chi Sword

1.      Beginning position

(Qishi起勢)

2.      Stand with the Feet Together and Point

(Bingbu Dianjian並步點劍)

3.      Bow Stance and Cut with the Sword

(Gongbu Xuejian弓步削劍)

4.      Lift the Knee and Chop with the Sword

(Tixi Pijian提膝劈劍)

5.      Left Bow Stance and Block

(Zuo Gongbu Lian左弓步攔)

6.      Left Empty Stance and Slice Upward

(Zuo Xubu Liao左虛步撩)

7.      Right Bow Stance and Slice Upward

(You Gongbu Liao 右弓步撩)

8.      Lift the Knee and Hold the Sword

(Tixi Pengjian 提膝捧劍)

9.      Kick and Stab Forward

(Dengjiao Qianci 蹬腳前刺)

10. Jump Step and Stab Forward

(Tiaobu Pingci 跳步平刺)

11. Turn the Body and Stab Downward

(Zhuanshen Xiaci 轉身下刺)

12. Bow Stance and Chop with Flat Sword

(Gongbu Pingzhan 弓步平斬)

13. Bow Stance and Snap the Sword

(Gongbu Bengjian 弓步崩劍)

14. Rest Stance and Press the Sword

(Xiebu Yajian 歇步壓劍)

15. Step In and Circle to Entwine with the Sword

(Jinbu Jiaojian進步絞劍)

16. Lift the Knee and Stab Upward

(Tixi Shangci 提膝上刺)

17. Empty Stance and Intercept Downward

(Xubu Xiajie 虛步下截)

18. Draw with the Flat Sword Left and Right

(Zuoyou Pingdai 右左平帶)

19. Bow Stance and Chop with the Sword

(Gongbu Pijian 弓步劈劍)

20. T-Stance and Lift the Sword

(Dingbu Tuojian 丁步托劍)

21. Separate the Feet and Point Backward

(Fenjiao Houdian 分腳後點)

22. Crouch Stance and Thread the Sword

(Pubu Chuanjian 仆步穿劍)

23. Kick and Block Up with the Sword

(Dengjiao Jiajian 蹬腳架劍)

24. Lift the Knee and Point the Sword

(Tixi Dianjian 提膝點劍)

25. Crouch Stance and Sweep to the Side

(Pubu Hengsao 仆步橫掃)

26. Bow Stance and Intercept Downward

(Gongbu Xiajie 弓步下截)

27. Bow Stance and Stab Downward

(Gongbu Xiaci 弓步下刺)

28. Smear the Clouds Left and Right

(Zuoyou Yunmo 右左雲抹)

29. Bow Stance and Chop with the Sword

(Gongbu Pijian 弓步劈劍)

30. Lift the Leg Behind and Block Up with the Sword

(Hou jutui Jiajian 後舉腿架劍)

31. T-Stance and Point the Sward

(Dingbu Dianjian 丁步點劍)

32. Horse Stance and Push the Sword

(Mabu Tuijian 馬步推劍)

33. Stance on One Foot and Left Up

(Duli Shangtuo獨立上托)

34. Forward Step, Hook, and Point

(Jinbu Guadian 進步挂點)

35. Resting Stance and Snap the Sward

(Xiebu Bengjian 歇步崩劍)

36. Bow Stance and Reverse Stab

(Gongbu Fanci 弓步反刺)

37. Turn the Body and Stab Downward

(Zhuanshen Xiaci 轉身下刺)

38. Lift the Knee and the Sword

(Tixi Tijian 提膝提劍)

39. Walking Step and Thread the Sword

(Xingbu Chuanjian 行步穿劍

40. Swing Out the Leg and Block Up with the Sword

(Baitui Jiajian 擺腿架劍

41. Bow Stance and Stab Straight

(Gongbu Zhici弓步直刺)

42. Closing Position

(Shoushi收勢)


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