History of the tai chi short and long yang form

History of the tai chi short and long yang form

Cheng Man Ching’s yang short form, of the 108 tai chi long form, has huge benefits to one’s health.  It is relatively easy to learn compared to chen and wu style’s and is the basic entry level form into the tai ji syllabus at Sifu Leo Low Ming’s school.

History

As a physician professor, Cheng used taiji training to add to his patients program for quicker recovery, as he himself was cured from disease using taiji.

The 108 is a lengthy form , so Professor Cheng shortened and summarized the key points of the 108 form to produce what we know as the short form or 37 posture. He eliminated repetitive moves and adjusted the sequence.

It is a great form for the young and the mature to learn and has a good energetic feel, creates calm and internal balance.

Professor Cheng was approached by the Kuomintang government to help create a formal fitness program for Chinese school children.

This form is practiced world wide today. It also is not as tedious in repetition as the 108, and thus makes it easy to absorb.

 

Here is old footage, from the 1900’s , of Chen Manching practicing this tai chi yang form.

Tai Chi Classes in Johannesburg

To learn this tai chi form and others, try a complimentary first session at Mings Martial Arts.  Our classes are in Parkview.

For more info contact your Sifu, Leo Low Ming, on 0833780468.

Cheng Man Ching’s yang short form, of the 108 tai chi long form, has huge benefits to one’s health.  It is relatively easy to learn compared to chen and wu style’s and is the basic entry level form into the tai ji syllabus at Sifu Leo Low Ming’s school. History As a physician professor, Cheng used …

Forms and Styles of tai chi

Forms and Styles of tai chi

At Mings Martial Arts we offer the following styles or forms of tai chi:

  • Yang style short form
  • Beijing form (24)
  • Combined form (42)
  • Chen style simplified form
  • Wu style long form (108)
  • Yang straight sword (traditional 55)
  • Yang straight sword (kun wern chein)
  • Broad sword
  • Fan form

The Yang Style Short Form

The Short Form is the shortened version of the yang style Long Form (108).  It is summarized and shorter, yet the form kept the essence of the traditional long form, which was too lengthy for the average person to grasp, with its 108 moves.

The short form is popular all over the globe, from Asia to the west.

Download a copy of the descriptions of the Short Form movements in this pdf.

The 55 Sword Form

Download a copy of the descriptions of the 55 Sword Form movements in this pdf.

The Fan Form

Leo Ming demonstrating part of the Fan Form of taiji:

Classes in Johannesburg

Our classes offer all the forms mentioned above, depending on your level.

  • Beginners classes offer chi gung and individual basic postures leading into the 1st section of a form.  We also do the introduction into the sword form.
  • Intermediate classes offer a taiji form and sword form and push hands.  The focus is extended to include internal body work and chi gung in more depth.
  • Advanced classes offer a refinement of all the forms and the internal work of chi and the tantein.

 

For more info contact your Sifu, Low Leo Ming, on 0833780468.

More info on venues and times of classes is here:

At Mings Martial Arts we offer the following styles or forms of tai chi: Yang style short form Beijing form (24) Combined form (42) Chen style simplified form Wu style long form (108) Yang straight sword (traditional 55) Yang straight sword (kun wern chein) Broad sword Fan form The Yang Style Short Form The Short …