Yang 8 Form Taiji

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I first came across a “pocket sized” Taiji (Tai Chi) form when I was looking for something to teach in a seniors’ home. I found that even the popular Yang 24 Form could be challenging to people who are brand new to Tai Chi. I eventually found the Yang 8 Form that has become a popular introduction and practice for Taiji.

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What is Yang 8 Form Taiji?

Yang refers to the style of Taiji that has been passed down from the Yang family.

8 refers to the number of movements found in this routine or set of moves.

Form refers to the type of Taiji being practiced.

There are slight variations, however the 8 Form follows this sequence of movements:

  1. Opening
  2. Whirl Arms
  3. Brush knee and Twist Step
  4. Parting Wild horses Mane
  5. Wave Hands Like Clouds
  6. Golden Rooster stands on One Leg
  7. Kick with Sole
  8. Grasp Birds Tail
  9. Cross hands
  10. Closing

Some refer to it as 10-Form if you include the open and closing. It appears to have been developed in Beijing around 1999 with one of the earlier videos available from 2007. There are a large number of tutorials available for this now which provide us with references allowing for different degrees of ability.

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An Easier Introduction to Taiji

I find it to be an excellent way to introduce people to Taiji. It’s manageable to learn. It provides a good foundation for further study. It can be completed in a small space – an elevator in fact! The forms are learned on both sides (not right side dominant) and when people start to learn a longer form, they are already familiar with certain postures and principles.

One adjustment I have made is that I simplify it even more. Instead of learning from one side to the other (a 180 degree turn) I start students off by learning each movement within a 90 degree radius.

Stepping from the centre, to one corner, return to centre, then step to the other corner. Once we have those concepts down, we spend more time with correct turning and pivoting from the hip joint in order not to put the knees at risk.

I encourage you to do an internet video search on this topic. You are welcome to start with my own introduction of this form.

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Wendy Williams

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