This web page is a list of references to learn more about the Yang style short form.
Here is a group of previous classes for you to use until I an recovered enough to teach Tai Chi again over Zoom. Virtual Tai Chi classes.
This is a video of the Tai Chi Short form done by John Moore. The form is visible from the front, side, and back due to the mirrors. The audio will talk you through the form as done in the class. This is a medium paced form.
Here is an audio only recording of stepping through the form done at a slow pace.
This video shows Cheng Man Ching Yang Short Form
My teacher Robert Chuckrow is starting a series videos explaining some of the aspects of the Short Form.
These videos are available on Robert’ web page Analysis of Individual T’ai-Chi Movements
The music I have been playing in the class comes from the artist Tilopa. You can listen to or purchase the music at Healing magic of the japanese zenflute.
I find the following DVD by Terry Dunn useful for studying Tai Chi on my own.
T’ai Chi for Health: Yang Short Form with Terence Dunn
First source: The Complete Book of T’ai Chi by Stewart McFarland, consultant Tan Mew Hong, published by DK Publishing (I own this book.)
Second source: T’Ai-Chi: The Supreme Ultimate Exercise for Health by Cheng Man-ch’ing and Robert W. Smith (I do not own this book.)
Cheng Man Ching created this form from the original Yang long form, simplifying the form and modifying the dynamics and skills involved. The book I own doesn’t number the postures, so I wasn’t sure how to get 37 (the typical number) from the list. While searching for information, I found the second source at Amazon.com where I could look inside it and view the table of contents. It gives all the postures and numbers them, so I’ve adjusted the form list here to match the numbering scheme from this second book (which I don’t own). Given that the creator of the form is one of the authors of the book, I think it’s a pretty reliable source. But what’s different about the numbering scheme here is that only unique postures are numbered, repetitions of previous moves are not. That’s probably what caused my confusion before, but hopefully things will make sense when you look at the form list.
Footnotes: : quoting the book I own, “Turn the Body, and Lower the Hands may have been added to Master Cheng’s original form to facilitate a difficult change of postures from the Push stance to the various Single Whip sequences.” My book (first source) lists it as a posture in the form, but the other book (second source) that I’m using to group and number the postures doesn’t. So I’ve left it in where my book has it, but not given it a number in the form.
don’t own it, I don’t know for sure if it’s not included or just combined with an adjacent move.
: In the book I own (first source), this Single Whip is listed under the Descending/Squatting Single Whip posture, basically as a sort precede to it.
: In the book I own (first source), this Brush (Right) Knee, Twist Step is listed under the previous Brush Knee, Twist Step, basically as a follow to it.
Copied from Various Tai Chi Forms
I have been studying under Robert Chuckrow who teaches in Ossining. His website is T’ai Chi Arts & Sciences
There is a great deal of information and discussions on his site.
Written by John F. Moore
Last Revised: Mon 20 Jun 2022 11:17:03 AM EDT